‘Tis the season for heavy, multi-course meals; too many fatty and sweet desserts; and one too many cocktails spent toasting the holidays. It’s a lot for a tummy to handle all at once, and for the digestively sensitive, it can produce a state of virtually perpetual bloating from November through January. Most attempts to remedy the side effects of too much cheer come after the fact, and may be too little, too late. Beat the belly bloat this holiday season, and choose to “go goat” instead! Redwood Hill Farm and Green Valley Organics make the only kefirs with Flourish – a custom blend of 10 live active probiotic cultures for optimal digestive tract and immune system health. Swap plain kefir for cream, buttermilk, evaporated or condensed milk in just about any holiday recipe to shave off unwanted calories, fat, lactose and cholesterol in everything from eggnog to mashed potatoes, holiday quick breads and so much more. “Mom’s” favorite use of Redwood Hill Farm Plain Kefir is to make moist, delicious banana bread!

Here are 4 reasons to “go goat” from RD Tamara Duker Freuman:

1.Goat’s milk is naturally lower in lactose than cow’s milk, making it easier to digest for people who are mildly lactose intolerant. In addition to its lower lactose content, goat’s milk is also widely regarded as being more easily digested than cow’s milk for other reasons. Scientists are still trying to figure out why this seems to be the case; some research points to a possible role of anti-inflammatory carbohydrates called oligosaccharides that are present in goat’s milk dairy, or to differences in the protein and fat structures.

2.Goat’s milk contains more of the amino acid tryptophan than cow’s milk, making it a great bedtime snack. Tryptophan is the precursor for serotonin, the neurotransmitter produced by our brain that trigger feelings of calm and sleepiness. Instead of a glass of warm cow’s milk before bed, why not try out a glass of Redwood Hill Farm goat milk kefir?

3.Goat’s milk dairy is as good of a source of calcium—if not better—than cow’s milk dairy. Not only is dietary calcium important to protect bone mineral density as we age, but it seems to have a preventive effect against colon cancer.

4.Unlike other calcium rich foods, goat’s milk actually seems to enhance iron absorption! This may make goat’s milk dairy a good swap for cow’s milk dairy among people who suffer from chronically low iron levels or anemia.