Raw Milk is a complete food:
- Vitamins A, B, B12, C and D
- All 22 essential amino acids
- Healthy Fat (real fat does NOT cause heart disease)
- Carbohydrates (yes, you need them)
- Over 60 fully intact and functional enzymes
Clean, free range and grass-fed cows produce milk that is hormone free, with far better nutritional value than factory milk. Some who are allergic to pasteurized milk can enjoy raw milk without risk of irritation. It is full of healthy bacteria, enzymes and vitamins that are lacking in regular store-bought milk. Unlike milk treated with pasteurization, raw milk contains calcium and that your body can absorb and use to build strong bones.
Know your source
It is important to note that not all raw milk providers have the same standards. It is recommended that you gather raw milk directly at the farm. You will be able to see the cows and assess their health and environment. Ask the farmer what his or her cows eat during the winter months when grass is unavailable. Raw milk cows should be fed alfalfa, timothy grass or other pasture greens, but never grain feeds that endanger their health.
The “dangers” of Raw Milk?
The average number of illnesses attributed to consuming raw milk in the U.S. is between 27 and 42. The amount of people drinking raw milk is over 9 million. So, why is this superfood being banned in many states? The FDA says it is for our safety. But is it for OUR safety or the profits of Big Milk talking?
I agree pasteurization is necessary for commercial milk production, because cows are not properly cared for. Commercial dairy cows are fed GMO soy-based feeds high in protein, which their bodies are not designed to digest. As a result of poor diet and unclean living environment, these cows must receive antibiotic treatments to keep from getting sick and growth hormones to produce enough milk to keep the farm profitable. The dairy farmers endanger the cows themselves, and produce chemically altered milk filled with puss and harmful bacteria that must be treated in order to be safe.
Is there a milk war on the horizon? Consumers across the country are fighting back, citing the many amazing raw milk benefits. It seems that rather than increasing their standards to meet the competition of raw milk production, dairy farmers are leaning on the FDA to eliminate the competition entirely! If more consumers knew about raw milk benefits they would never reach for pasteurized, homogenized, sterile milk. Try it yourself (if you are able) and see the remarkable difference in how you feel. It really is one of the most powerful foods on the planet.