Dangers of Drinking Milk: Raw Milk vs. Pasteurized Milk
Why Milk “does the body bad”… Unless you’re drinking Raw Milk!
If you’ve heard that drinking raw organic milk can be dangerous, you’ve been misinformed.
You’ve probably heard… “milk does the body good”.
But actually, “milk does the body bad”…
Unless, of course, you’re drinking raw milk.
By Greg Montoya
Even though raw milk may have a reputation among some for being harmful (most research is inconclusive). You shouldn’t miss out on all of its amazing health benefits, because they’re highly impressive!
Read on to find out more about the differences between pasteurized milk and raw milk. So, you can make a better informed, health decision.
What Is Raw Milk?
“Bottom line, by switching to raw milk, you end up with a whole food, filled with minerals, proteins, vitamins, and beneficial bacteria that help assist digestion and boost your metabolism.”
Before introducing pasteurization in the early/mid-1900s, ALL MILK was consumed raw in its unprocessed, natural state.
Minimally processed, raw milk is simply unpasteurized or homogenized dairy that comes from cows, goats, or sheep.
But, raw milk actually provides superior nutrition and considerable health benefits over pasteurized milk:
- Raw milk has higher bioavailable nutrients than pasteurized milk, and
- High-quality raw milk also contains beneficial probiotics and enzymes known to benefit the gastrointestinal tract and immune system.
Advocates of raw milk argue that it has superior nutritional and health benefits compared to pasteurization, which they believe diminishes these advantages.
The Overlooked Health Benefits of Raw Milk…
The potential health benefits of raw milk are impressive!
It’s loaded with essential nutrients like:
- Healthy fats
ALL vital substances that are under-consumed by most populations.
Raw milk is an excellent source of:
- Raw protein
- Vitamin A
- Thiamine (B1)
It’s also a great source of healthy fatty acids. These include omega-3s and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) linked to numerous health benefits.
What is Pasteurized, Homogenized Milk?
The majority of the milk consumed in the United States goes through a pasteurization, homogenization process:
- Pasteurization kills bacteria that can be created in milk during the heating and cooling process.
- The homogenization process breaks down the fat molecules in milk. This keeps them from separating and forming a layer of cream.
Although pasteurized milk is highly recommended by the FDA and CDC, its safety is widely debatable.
Turns out that pasteurized milk consumers actually have a higher chance of ingesting chemicals, antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, and other toxins that seep into the milk in conventional dairy factories.
And, because of the many chemically altered components of pasteurized milk. It can also pose numerous potential risks to your health.
What Are The Risks Involved?
With the increasing popularity of local, all natural, farm-sourced foods and the growing awareness that raw milk is healthier, its consumption is rising.
That said, the FDA doesn’t recommend the use of raw milk, and actually warns against it – despite very limited adverse reporting data.
The FDA’s main reason is that the pasteurization process kills bacteria. These include listeria and E. coli that can be found in cows…
BUT, the truth is that the risk of negative health problems due to toxic bacteria happening is EXTREMELY LOW!
According to medical researcher Dr. Ted Beals, M.D., you’re 35,000 times more likely to become ill from other foods.
So, while it may have a “questionable” reputation among some for being harmful. You shouldn’t miss out on this amazing superfood, because the benefits of raw milk are truly impressive.
The Last Word…
Most concerns and accusations regarding raw milk are overstated, leading to its health benefits remaining underrated.
There are numerous benefits to consuming raw milk that can help address many nutritional deficiencies that millions of people, especially those following the standard American diet, are experiencing.
Consuming raw dairy can also help prevent osteoporosis, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.
Raw milk also benefits the skin, and helps fight allergies… all while providing beneficial nutrients without dealing with processing dangers.
That said, it’s important to keep in mind that even though not all raw milk contains listeria and E. coli, you should make sure you’re buying it from a “trusted source” known to safely produce it.
Bottom line, by switching to raw milk, you end up with a whole food that’s filled with minerals, proteins, vitamins, and beneficial bacteria that help assist digestion and boost your metabolism.
AND consumption of raw milk also ensures that you don’t unintentionally expose yourself to harmful elements found in pasteurized milk.