Have you ever considered the fact that humans are the only mammals to drink milk beyond infancy? Or, to drink the milk of other mammals?
There is no disputing the fact that human breast milk is the healthiest option for growing babies. It contains a perfect nutrient combination of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Beyond that, the subject of dairy is very controversial. There are many debates about its possible health benefits vs. detrimental effects. In this series, I will present both sides of the coin so you can make an informed decision about whether dairy is right for you & your family.
In her book Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon writes that hunter-gathers did not use milk products, but there are many nomadic and agricultural societies that date back as far as 9000 years that depended on the milk from cattle, sheep, goats, horses, water buffalo, and camels. Dairy is quite common in modern times, but there is a huge difference between raw dairy and today's dairy industry and processes.
What exactly is raw milk?
It's the unprocessed milk that comes straight from the cow (or goat, sheep, or other animal), into a bottle, then into the fridge. That's it! Before the invention of pasteurization in the 1880's, all milk was raw. Dairy products like cheese, cream, yogurt, and butter were made from raw milk. Pasteurized milk has been heated up to destroy any harmful pathogens and to increase shelf life, but the quality of the milk is compromised in the process. Pasteurized dairy is what we typically see in grocery stores today. Consuming pasteurized dairy may cause many negative health consequences, which I discuss in part 2 of the "Got Milk?" series.
Cows were once raised on lovely farms where they could graze on grass (their natural food), not in modern-day, feedlot, industrial, crowded pens. Luckily there still are some traditional farmers who understand what methods are best to raise healthy cows and they sell their raw milk. These farms usually avoid using hormones, chemicals, and care for the animals and their farm in a loving, sustainable way. They know that raw milk can have many health benefits!
What's healthy about raw milk?
Raw milk is a whole food. Because raw milk is unprocessed, nothing has been removed, added, or destroyed by heat. When milk comes from healthy grass-fed animals and a trusted farm, it can truly be a wealth of goodness!
Rawmilk.org published a Report on Raw Milk by By Aajonus Vonderplanitz, Ph.D., and William Campbell Douglass, M.D., in which they report on the nutritive value of raw milk. They state that it contains all 22 amino acids from protein, including the 8 essential amino acids. All of these are also 100% bio-available in raw milk. Raw milk supplies all 18 fatty acids available, including both saturated and unsaturated fats.
Unpasturized, raw milk contains ...
What are some possible health benefits from consuming raw dairy?
Here are just a few scientific studies that report benefits from the consumption of full-fat, raw dairy:
For more science, read the article, "Dairy: food of the Gods or neolithic agent of disease?" which takes on the dairy debate.
Where can raw dairy be purchased?
Raw milk is not easily found in stores and is not even legal to purchase in all states. (This is because of the fact that it is unpasteurized, which I discuss in Part 2 of the "Got Milk?" series.) You certainly want to purchase raw dairy products from a clean, pure, trusted source.
Read all the articles in the series on dairy:
Part 1: RAW MILK & DAIRY - THE HEALTH BENEFITS
Part 2- THE PROBLEMS WITH MODERN DAIRY
Part 3- DAIRY - DIGESTIVE ISSUES & ALTERNATIVES
Part 4- A HANDY GUIDE TO CHOOSING DAIRY
Part 5- GHEE, WHAT THE HECK IS IT?
Do you want even more info about RAW DAIRY?
Go check out the website Reformation Acres & their article:
ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO RAW MILK (WHY YOU SHOULD DRINK IT & 115+ RECIPES FOR USING IT)
Jenny Yelle, MHNE Holistic Wellness Educator
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