Raw Milk- Part 2Posted: July 5, 2013
Did you happen to check out the links I provided in the first post about raw milk?
There’s so much information about processed milk and raw milk that I can’t possibly write about it all in one post. That would be super long and super overwhelming. I’m going to summarize a lot of information to compare conventional cow’s milk with organic milk and raw milk to help explain why we switched to raw milk.
I love the phrase, “you are what you eat eats”. If you are consuming milk from conventional dairy cows, then you should know what those cows are consuming and what the living conditions are like. Do you know where your milk comes from? It’s ok if you don’t, most people have no clue. Did you know cows are suposed to roam around outside and eat grass? Sounds like a big DUH!? But the sad fact is, majority of dairy cows are not fed or treated this way at all. Conventional dairy cows in our country are given growth hormones, antibiotics, grain, GMO soy and corn, and a mixture of other disgusting things in their feed (think garbage). These cows live in concrete lots, are never allowed to even see the sun and roam on grass, live in their own urine and feces, and are so sick that they only live a few short years and are then slaughtered. It’s really sad and really disgusting!
This milk is not healthy by any means. Due to unsanitary conditions, infections from over milking the cows, poor diet and living conditions, the milk has to be pasteurized (heated at high temperatures). Pasteurization kills all of the bad bacteria along with the good. The milk is then run through teeny tiny tubes to denature the milk and create a consistent texture (homogenization). And because milk from conventional dairy cows has very little, if any, nutrients and vitamins, synthetic additives have to be used (which are linked to many health problems). No wonder so many people have health issues like allergies, skin problems, ear infections, arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease related to processed dairy consumption.
So what about organic milk? I would say organic milk is a little better than conventional milk. But, FDA regulations state that organic dairy cows can be fed anything as long as it’s organic. So, the cows can be fed organic soy, organic corn, organic anything! And the cows aren’t required to have access to grass and sunshine! Then this milk goes through the whole process of pasteurization, homogenization, and synthetic additives. But not all organic milk and milk products are the same, so check out how different brands are rated.
Then there is raw milk. Raw milk and cultured raw milk products from cows, sheep, goats, and many other mammals has been consumed by traditional cultures for centuries. Raw milk is a living food with vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and beneficial microorganisms and nutrients needed for their growth to aid in a healthy gut and immune system. So when raw milk is pasteurized, all of these benefits are destroyed. Healthy cows that roam on grass and are raised in non-toxic organic environments produce safe and nutritious raw milk.
Next week I’ll post about the sanitary concerns with consuming raw milk, the many benefits of raw milk, and how not all raw milk is created equal.