Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Raw Milk or No Milk

You know that I believe in unprocessed food - but what about milk? Is it safe? Is it even good for you?

My research shows that eating grass fed beef, free range poultry and raw milk from Grass-Fed cows is not only safe but much healthier in the long run. Yes - I believe raw milk is actually good for most people while pasteurized milk is good for no one.

Raw milk from grass-fed cows actually protects your heart with up to five times more conjugated linoleic acid or CLA. CLA is a healthy fat found in the meat and milk of grazing animals. People who eat grass-fed dairy products absorb the CLA and store it in their tissues. In this new study of over 3,500 people, those with the highest levels of CLA in their tissues had a fifty percent lower risk of heart attack than those with the lowest levels. Read more here.
As Sally Fallon of the Weston Price Foundation stated:
“Pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins, destroys vitamin B12 and vitamin 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.”

Raw dairy products, which have their fats, enzymes and probiotics intact, are easier to digest and are associated with health improvements, rather than harm.

There are several things to note when finding a source for Raw Milk. 
  • Make sure the cows are free-range (allowed to roam freely on grassy land) and grass-fed (no grains, fillers, etc)
  • Make sure the cows are hormone and antibiotic free
  • Review the milk collection process and be satisified that it is sanitary
  • Talk with others who have bought milk from the farmer you are considering
Other considerations - do they deliver or, if the are some distance, can you safely transport the milk while keeping it cold. 

Go here to find local dairies with raw milk from grass-fed cows.

Be well ~

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