What Kind of Milk is Best?

Many people ask about milk.  Milk is a life-giving food from day zero.  Milk – at its essence – is body fluid (“essence” in Chinese medicine) designed to grow baby mammals into big adult mammals.  My first reaction when people ask about milk is…”(unless you’re a baby) …you don’t really need it!”   Then I get “but what do I put in my cereal?!?!”…  Well, that’s a whole ‘nother article!What kind of milk is best?

Conventional milk (most milks that you find at the grocery store) are full of chemicals that you really should try to avoid for general health:  antibiotics, growth hormones, steroids, estrogens, anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-fungal medications, and more!  Organic milk would offer a better choice.  Even better than that would be raw milk.  Unfortunately, our FDA is trying to make raw milk very difficult to get, illegal even!  The idea is preposterous if you really do the research:  incidences of food-borne pathogenic illness from raw milk is extremely rare.  Most cases of food poisoning are caused by infected run-off from “conventional” farms.  Raw milk contains enzymes and probiotics that actually make the milk healthy!  A study showed that baby cows fed pasteurized milk failed to thrive.  The life-giving properties in milk are from the raw milk alone.  Forget the whole commercialization about milk being the perfect source of calcium.  It’s all propaganda — a really clever marketing scheme if you please.  In fact, the more calcium you consume in dairy products, the weaker your bones may become!  The best sources for calcium are yogurt, almonds, green and leafy vegetables because they contain other nutrients and minerals that actually allow your body to best use and absorb the calcium.

Other options for replacing animal milk:

Soy?  I would not recommend replacing cow’s milk with soy.  Unfermented soy bean products contain isoflavones and carcinogens (“antifoods”).  Two cups of soy milk per day contain enough phytoestrogens to alter a woman’s menstrual cycle.  Enough of these chemicals can also lead to hypothyroidism and cancer.

Rice milk?  If you must have your milk, then sure, try rice milk.  Just keep in mind that rice is a carbohydrate (simple sugar) and if you add that into cereal (more simple carbohydrates), it may over time lead to hypoglycemia (sugar imbalances), diabetes, or weight gain.

Almond milk?  This would be my favorite alternative.

Hemp milk?  Sure, why not.




  1. Thank you, Nicole, for this great information. There is so much information out there and so many contradictions about the facts. As a concerned consumer as well as two time cancer survivor these issues are very important to me. In fact everything I put in my body these days is done with thought and purpose in mind. I really appreciate all your articles!

  2. The dairy industries lobbyists will always push for pasteurized milk and dairy products. But we must continue to support raw milk dairy farmers. At least we are able to buy raw milk in Austin. Check your local farmers markets for this. Also, Nicole, to improve bone density, a person will benefit from taking magnesium supplements. If magnesium supp. don’t interest you, then eat almonds and green leafies every day instead. You are so right …..almond milk is good for you.

  3. You have showed great perseverance behind the blog. It’s been enriched since the beginning. I love to share to with my friends. Carry on.

  4. I have gone to three farmer’s markets recently(the ones you told me about) and they have told me they cannot sell raw milk there. The closest dairy is Georgetown and I’m not sure that I want to drive there every week with three children in tow. However, I would love to get it and have it for my youngest daughter. Do you know of any farmer’s market selling it at this time? If so, please let me know how or where I can get it. I’ve only been able to get low pasteurized.

    • Bummer! I found online 2 farms within 90 miles of Austin that have raw milk, but none are close. I am not sure if any of the other Farmer’s Markets have it. You may want to consider getting a pet cow! haha!


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