|REAL Milk Does a Body Good
Before my daughter was born I never really thought about milk. I bought organic (low fat), used it in my coffee and occasionally drank a glass, but that was pretty much it. In fact, I was lucky to go through a half-gallon before the expiration date. When the time came for her to transition to cow’s milk I started doing my research and was lucky to have an enlightened neighbor point me in the direction of REAL, grassfed milk. This was my gateway food!
So what is REAL milk? This is milk as it was meant to be…whole, raw (unpasteurized), and oh so yummy. OK, so that was not my first reaction, I admit. I grew up in “Amish county,” Pennsylvania, I had tasted milk straight from the cow before, but I was still skeptical. We are truly brainwashed into believing that unpasteurized milk is dangerous and in all fairness it can be, but it can also be an amazingly healthy source of essential amino acids (these are the ones our bodies can not make on their own), fatty acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Many of these nutrients are destroyed when the milk is heated in the pasteurization process. In fact, there is current research linking pasteurized milk to a host of health problems. But that’s another post for another time. Perhaps the greatest loss during pasteurization is the enzyme lactase which (as nursing moms may remember) allows us to digest lactose. This explains why folks who are “lactose intolerant” are often able to drink REAL milk without any digestive issues. Important disease fighters such as lactoferrin, lactoperoxidase, lysozyme and a host of antibodies are also lost when milk is heated.
So it’s healthy, but is it safe? Excellent question. As with most food safety issues the answer depends on the source of the food. If you stopped by a CAFO I would not advise grabbing a glass and going right to the source. These cows are confined and fed a diet that ruminants were never meant to eat. Milk from grassfed cows, on the other hand, has the built in ability to protect itself due to the presence of naturally produced antimicrobials. This is lost when the cows are confined and fed a grain based diet. It’s important to note that just because milk is labeled “organic” does not mean that it is grassfed or that it should be consumed raw!
For more information on this medicinal beverage check out the following links & books
Weston A. Price Foundation
The Raw Truth About Milk by William Campbell Douglass II
Eat Well, Be Well,
I am a mother, a daughter, a wife, a yogini, a friend and a foodie. I’ve worked as a home based therapist, a special education teacher, a massage therapist and a yoga teacher. I’ve dabbled in nutrition for the past 15 years reading and experimenting with different diets. Some worked, some didn’t. I’ve always considered myself a generally healthy eater, but like so many of you who read this, I didn’t really get serious about nutrition until I found out I was pregnant. It was during this biological hijacking that I became obsessed with learning everything I could about food and how it affected my body and the body growing inside of me. I began to read and learn about the many dietary theories that are “out there,” but found myself somewhat overwhelmed and confused about all of the contradictory information.
When my first child was ready to eat solid food, I looked to our pediatrician for guidance. I was shocked when he told me that Gerber was the only one who thought a 4-month-old infant needed grains in her diet! I now know that he is definitely in the minority as most other pediatricians obediently follow the ADA recommendations, but this was just the confirmation I needed at the time. This statement allowed me to break out of the ADA/USDA mindset and begin to understand how business and politics affect nutrition in this country. I knew that I needed to continue to read and learn how to best feed my family.
Currently my main influence is the dietary guidelines of the Weston A. Price Foundation, as the research behind this makes good sense to me. Still, I continue to read and learn and I am determined to get to a place where I truly understand the science behind nutrition and can explain what I know from experience: eat well, be well!
I was recently accepted into a MS program in nutrition. If all goes as planned I hope to be able to share my journey and knowledge one class at time as I progress through this program.
Obviously I am not a doctor and nothing I write constitutes medical advice. But I feel like somewhere I need to state the following…
Material on this blog is provided for informational purposes only and is general and therefore cannot address each individual’s situation and needs. I have made every effort to ensure that information presented is true and accurate, but it is not a substitute for medical care and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult with your health care provider if you have any questions or need assistance making dietary changes.