Raw milk is where it’s at. Unfortunately it’s so hard to get. I get my raw milk from a very clandestine web site, then I get an email when the delivery is made and I drive to a little house in south Austin to pick it up every other Wednesday. Also, you have to sign a waiver to get it. If you’re a conspiracy theorist, it’s so the feds can keep an eye on you. 😉
Why is raw milk so good for you? Enzymes and Probiotics
Raw milk contains an enzyme called phosphatase that helps it digest and allows the calcium to absorb into the bones. Raw milk also contains natural probiotics. So, if you currently take a probiotic, you don’t really have to. You just have to eat foods (like saurkraut) or drink something (like raw milk or kombucha tea) that contains natural probiotics in it. Pasteurization kills all of these good things.
I know the question you’re (excuse the pun) dying to ask is, “But isn’t raw milk dangerous?” According to the CDC, from 1993 – 2006 (13 years), there have been 2 reported deaths from nonpasteurized dairy products. To put this into perspective, other food-borne illnesses (E Coli, Norovirus, Salmonella, etc.) cause about 23 deaths per year. Most food-borne illnesses arise from conventional farming. The unhealthy cows and pigs live in their own infected feces (I hope you’re not eating right now), which runs off into the nearby Monsanto fields where it infects the food crops. This is what happened a few years ago when there was a nation-wide spinach recall due to E Coli, if you remember.
Here is a link to a story about 2 cows: 1 fed pasteurized milk and the other raw milk. There are startling visual differences. They started at the same weight, and at the end of the 4 month study, the raw-fed calf was 200kg and the pasteurized-fed calf 115kg. The raw-fed cow had healthy hair, shiny and thick, whereas the pasteurized-fed calf’s fur was easily pulled out.
In addition to being raw, milk should be full-fat. The milk fat contains anti-microbial components, plus milk fat (like butter and fish oil) is rich in fat-soluable vitamin A which is amazing for beautiful skin and hair, and reducing arthritic inflammation.
If you’re interested in getting raw milk for your family, go to this website to locate a raw milk “dealer” near you: www.realmilk.com. Like with most things, there are differences in quality of raw milk. Not every farmer puts lots of attention on quality of feed for the animals and things like that; so always ask questions!
Most of my nutrition information comes from the Weston A Price foundation. For more information on their stance on raw milk, visit their site: www.westonaprice.org.
Not a Milk Drinker?
I understand you may not want to chug a big cup of milk at dinner (me neither), but if you use milk in recipes, or cream in your coffee, or if you have kids in the house who like milk, this is the way to go. If you are lactose-intolerant, there’s an 86% chance you can digest raw milk! It’s maybe worth a try.
For moms who are not able to breastfeed, raw milk with a few drops of cod liver oil is an excellent alternative to boob milk. The above-mentioned website (Weston A Price Foundation) has tons of information for feeding babies, toddlers, and adults too.
What about rice milk / soy milk / coconut milk / almond milk? Aren’t those good milk alternatives?
To be short about it – no.
Let’s start with soy milk: it is unfermented soy, so therefore has a naturally-occurring enzyme in it that is very difficult for humans to digest. Plus, it is a little high in estrogen and isoflavones which could imbalance your hormones, including your thyroid.
The other milk alternatives are highly processed and usually are full of sugar to make them palatable. The vitamins you see on the labels are added in to give them a similar nutrition make-up to real milk, but these vitamins are usually poor quality (i.e. Vitamin D2 instead of D3 and beta-carotene instead of real vitamin A) and not digestible.