Have you ever considered drinking raw milk? If you are honest, I bet one of your first thoughts is…whew…that’s gross!
I remember conjuring up such thoughts and more. I don’t know exactly why I thought this, but I couldn’t fathom drinking milk directly from the cow, I mean I was always taught that it had to be cooked and cleaned first, right?
Boy, have I come along way. For the last year and a half, I’ve consumed no other milk other than raw milk. I also make fermented foods from raw milk, things like yogurt, kefir, soft cheeses, cottage cheese and the like.
I can’t begin to tell you how much better tasting it is, how fresh it is AND the health benefits are superior to anything pasteurized, contrary to what you’ve been told or the warnings you’ve had flashed to you. I’
Now, let me also say, not all raw is deemed equal. If you have access to receiving “raw” milk from a commercial dairy, don’t do it. Why? The condition under which it is produced is key and the way the animals are raised.
The ideal raw milk is taken straight from animals fed only fresh, organic, green grass, and then the milk is rapidly cooled to somewhere around 36-38 degrees and then bottled. There is no processing, just filtration and cooling.
Diet is a major factor in the quality of raw milk. Cows weren’t meant to be fed grains and starches and this changes the acidity of the cow’s stomach environment and changes fat and nutritional values in the milk. They lack the self-protective properties that occur when cows are grass-fed. Also milk fed grains and starches, has the capability to be more contaminated.
There is a whole other topic of what’s injected into the cow, as well as being fed to increase the milk production. Many of these soy based products, mimic estrogen in humans, hence the higher hormone issues in this country as well.
I will link several resources at the bottom of this article, for those that would like further, in depth research. For the sake of this article, I really just wanted to give an overview and open it up the comments for further review and questions.
Clean raw milk from pastured cows is a complete and properly balanced food. If you had to, you could live on it exclusively. The ingredients that make it such a powerhouse are:
- Proteins (Cow’s milk has 8 essential amino acids)
- Carbohydrates (Lactose or milk sugar, is the primary)
- Fats (approximately 2/3 of the fat in milk is saturated, which play a number of key roles in our bodies)
- CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is abundant in milk from grass-fed cows
- Vitamins (water and fat soluble) – nothing needs to be added to raw milk, it’s already there and ready to be used by our bodies
- Minerals (ranging from calcium and phosphorus on down to trace minerals)
- Enzymes (there are 60+ known and the biggest help I think they play is relieving the burden from our system – as they help break down foods
- Cholesterol (a protective/repair substance) Contrary to what you’ve been told, our bodies produce it and need it for a healthy life
- Beneficial Bacteria (with high levels of lactic acid, numerous enzymes and increased vitamin content, fermented dairy products, think yogurt and kefir, add even more health benefits
Raw milk is the best thing you can give your children, next to lactating of course. Have you noticed the rise in Asthma, allergies, skin disorders, etc.? There are a number of studies linking the consumption of pasteurized milk to these.
Pasteurization kills all the bacteria in the milk by heating it. As I mentioned earlier, this is necessary because of their living conditions, the cleanliness of the cows, what they are fed, etc. Then vitamins have to be added back in.
Milk…it does a body good! I’m sure you’ve all heard that saying. I would add the word “Raw” to that statement. Raw Milk….It does a body Good! It’s the only milk that does a body good! Whether it’s from goats or cows, make sure it’s grass-fed and from a trusted source.
As I mentioned earlier, I’ll link several resources for you who want and desire more, as you ultimately have to make the right choice and decisions for your family.
I can’t say enough for the benefits my family has experienced as a result of making the change and I will never go back, even if that means having a cow of my own.
Interested in learning more and/or obtaining raw milk…here’s an excellent resource, www.realmilk.com
There is much controversy over this issue and the best advice I can give, is do the research, talk to trusted sources and make an informed decision.
What questions arise from this blog? Do you consume raw milk or are you afraid and have questions? This is the place to share those questions and/or concerns, post below.
As I’ve said a few times, this article isn’t intended to be all inclusive, as this topic is very in-depth and there are some strong political views at hand as well. All I can do is open the door, let you dive in and see where it takes you.
The choice is yours….here to lasting good health!
Holistic Health Coach
PS: Here are a couple of great resources, and these aren’t all inclusive…just trusted sites.
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