Author: Jonathan Hostetler
What’s the big deal about what kind of milk is best to drink? Well, it’s actually very important to know how raw milk differs from pasteurized milk. Making the right choice can greatly improve your life and help you avoid many health risks. On the other hand, drinking pasteurized milk may even be harmful to your body.
Raw milk has not been heated above boiling point, and it has not been homogenized (put under high pressure). It’s pretty much straight from the cow. Milk in its raw form is filled with a plethora of vitamins and minerals (including calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and much more), as well as good bacteria that improve the body’s ability to digest food.
Pasteurization is the process of heating up milk to above boiling point in order to kill any possible harmful bacteria that may exist in the milk. Generally, pasteurization is required because there is a risk of diseases being spread through the milk. And if you would see the unhealthy conditions in which those cows live, you would understand why that milk must be pasteurized!
However, cows that are raised in healthy conditions and eat mostly grass from the fields produce milk that is usually free from bad bacteria. And whatever “bad” bacteria remains is counteracted by the abundance of good bacteria in the milk. That “good” bacteria helps us to digest food and to assimilate nutrients and vitamins from the food we eat.
This kind of “healthy” milk does not need to be pasteurized, because it has nearly zero health risks. Pasteurization kills both good and bad bacteria, stripping the milk of one of it’s most valuable health benefits: improved digestion. Pasteurization produces milk that the body is not able to properly digest.
It is not just the fact that the milk is “raw” that makes it healthy. It’s the fact that the milk comes from cows that are healthy and properly nourished, thus eliminating the need for pasteurization. So if you want to get the most health benefits from milk, make sure you get milk that is raw, and has not been pasteurized or homogenized. Better yet, visit the dairy farm that produces the milk you plan on consuming. Some farms offer a free tour of the facilities to show off their cleanliness and efficiency.
Rather than protesting against pasteurization of milk, a better action to take is to support local diary farmers by purchasing raw milk from them. It makes everyone happier – the farmer, the cows, and you too.