THE BENEFITS OF RAW MILK
It may concern you when you hear the words ‘raw’ along side milk and wonder if it’s safe to drink. The reason pasteurisation of milk became popular was back in the late 1800’s, cows were getting fed grain and were crammed in a poorly sanitised environment. These two factors made the cows sick and hence, made the people that drank the milk sick also. It was decided that the milk needed to be pasteurised to fix the problem. Milk that has been pasteurised has most of its nutrients stripped, Vitamin C is lost and 20% of iodine is destroyed. Phosphorous is destroyed making it harder for the body to absorb calcium causing low bone density which contributes to osteoporosis. Raw organic milk produced by grass-fed cows in a sanitary environment contains 120-150 different types of benign bacteria that work as a probiotic in the gut which is great for immunity. Another benefit of unpasteurised milk is that the natural enzymes are not destroyed, this includes lactulose, which is responsible for the breakdown of lactose sugar in the milk. This enzyme is not present in pasteurised milk and may contribute to the reason people become lactose intolerant. I have clients who suffer with lactose intolerance, they consume no dairy at all but can now drink raw milk with no problems. Raw milk generally comes from grass-fed cows and provide numerous benefits such as a healthy Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio, high amounts of CLA which are cancer fighters and help to build lean muscle and reduce fat. Like other milk, raw milk contains fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K however, these vitamins occur naturally and don’t need to be added synthetically making them more usable to the body. Drinking full fat milk is very important as it helps to absorb these vitamins.
To seek the benefits that raw milk provides find a supplier who produces raw milk in a clean sanitised environment. There are small dairy farms that sell raw milk, which will be labelled something like ‘Bath Milk’. Most farmers markets will sell it.