Why We’re Drinking Raw Milk

I am sure you have been hearing about Raw Milk lately.   It has been rapidly increasing in popularity, and I guess probably some controversy too.  We have recently made the switch in our family, and we are thoroughly enjoying it – it is so yummy!

We are not buying it simply for the taste however – I wouldn’t be driving the 2 hour round trip to the farm to buy it if that were the only reason!  The research that has been done on the health benefits of raw milk, is what has convinced me to make the switch – and the drive.

There has been a change.

“Back in the 20s, Americans could buy fresh raw whole milk, real clabber and buttermilk, luscious naturally yellow butter, fresh farm cheeses and cream in various colors and thicknesses. Today’s milk is accused of causing everything from allergies to heart disease to cancer, but when Americans could buy Real Milk, these diseases were rare. In fact, a supply of high-quality dairy products was considered vital to American security and the economic well being of the nation.” – RealMilk.com

What’s Up With Pasteurization & Homogenization?

Back in the early 1900’s, unpasteurized milk was the cause of many illnesses.  People living in urban areas didn’t have the same access to farms for milk as they had before.  Cows were moved close to the cities.  Farmers would keep their cows close to distilleries, so they could eat the left over grains after making beer.

“Unfortunately, this caused the nutrition of the milk to be incredibly poor. The conditions the cows were kept in were deplorable, and the farmers were quite careless and un-hygienic. The milk was dirty and often full of bad bacteria, and something had to be done. So the process of pasteurizing the milk came about. Soon, what should have been a short-term solution to a larger issue, became signed into law.” – NaturallyKnockedUp.com

Pasteurization definition: The act or process of heating a beverage or other food, such as milk or beer, to a specific temperature for a specific period of time in order to kill microorganisms that could cause disease, spoilage, or undesired fermentation.

So nowadays, most cows produced in the US are fed grain, and because of this, their milk DOES need to be pasteurized.  However, cows that are grass fed, and not injected with hormones, do not have anything harmful in their milk that needs to be killed off.

The problem with pasteurization, is that while it kills off all of the bad bacteria from grain-fed, hormone-injected cows, it also kills off the vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes of the milk.    This creates milk that is basically useless for consumers.  There is no nutritional value to this milk, and it would be better not to even drink it at all!

From RealMilk.com – “Pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins, destroys vitamins C, B12 and B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Calves fed pasteurized milk do poorly and many die before maturity. Raw milk sours naturally but pasteurized milk turns putrid; processors must remove slime and pus from pasteurized milk by a process of centrifugal clarification. Inspection of dairy herds for disease is not required for pasteurized milk…..And pasteurization does not always kill the bacteria for Johne’s disease suspected of causing Crohn’s disease in humans with which most confinement cows are infected. Much commercial milk is now ultra-pasteurized to get rid of heat-resistant bacteria and give it a longer shelf life. Ultra-pasteurization is a violent process that takes milk from a chilled temperature to above the boiling point in less than two seconds.”

Homogenization Definition:

a. To reduce to particles and disperse throughout a fluid.
b. To make uniform in consistency, especially to render (milk) uniform in consistency by emulsifying the fat content.

“Homogenization creates another issue all on its own. You see, to keep milk from separating and letting the cream rise to the top, it’s forced through a tiny screen during processing that breaks up the fat particles, allowing them to float within the milk instead of on top. This creates a different texture and consistency and in some studies has been linked to increased rates of heart disease. Above all, it’s an unnecessary change and a process that changes milk from its most natural state.” NaturallyKnockedUp.com

Personally

I was amazed at studies that have been done on the effects of conventional milk vs raw milk – and fertility.  It was even more amazing that conventional milk was found down generations to cause early deaths.  Since I have been working on changing my and my family’s diets over to a natural/whole food/organic, yada yada….way of eating, I have been learning so much about food, and how to naturally heal your body with it.  I was thrilled to know that we had raw milk available to us in the state where we live, by purchasing it from local farms.  If I didn’t have access to raw milk, I would likely be cutting conventional cow milk from our diets, and substituting with coconut milk.  To look up places in your area to purchase raw milk, click HERE.

Further Reading

For further reading and info on raw milk check out these sources:

http://www.realmilk.com

Suggested Reading Sources

Dr. Mercola – video

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Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing! I’ve been wanting to try raw milk…this just motivates me all the more!

  2. I have been kinda wanting to give raw milk a try! We have a nearby source of goats milk (which is supposed to be more naturally homogenized and sounds more tempting to me.) James isn’t interested in trying the goats milk but has no problem drinking raw cow’s milk! Figures, right? =p Still not sure it’s even in the budget anyway.. but I can agree with the arguments for it 100% Maybe I’ll get my family there soon. (Maybe I just need to go buy some goats milk and have everyone try it.) =p

  3. We chose to give up dairy, with the exception of a tiny bit of Organic Valley raw milk cheese, but I truly believe if one is going to drink milk raw is the way to go. It’s a shame it’s “illegal” in so many states.

  4. I agree full heartedly with Raw Milk! It cannot legally be sold in our state. However, there is an organic farmer who will sell it to us, and a local company which produces VAT, nonhomogenized; milk, cottage cheese, cheese, yogurt, and sour cream.

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