The milk benefits has spread around the world based on the flawed belief that this protein and calcium-rich drink is essential to support overall health, especially bones health, at any age. Looks like the myth behind this modern drink has a lot of untold facts that population doesn’t know or ignore it. From the beginning we must avoid the confusion between raw cow milk and the pasteurized milk that the diary companies are promoting this days.
Many scientific studies have shown an assortment of detrimental health effects directly linked to milk consumption. And the most surprising link is that not only do we barely absorb the promoted calcium in pasteurized milk, but we actually increase the calcium loses from bones and we skyrocket diabetes and even heart diseases.
There is no evidence to push here the fact that the government tell us to drink pasteurized milk. Advertising and ignorance on modern food are the main factors that push these kind of processed foods to lay on our table. We always have options to choose from and it is about knowing some facts the industrial age has brought us. I don’t say that the civilization didn’t bring a lot of benefits, starting with modern agriculture and food preservation, but there is a price we pay for the commodity to have always fresh vegetables, fruits, milk or cereals. More, we now have sugar, additives and trans fats. All of these make food taste good, last longer on grocery-store shelves and more hazardous for your health.
As for the diary industry, there are a lot of points to discuss starting with the public health concern and leading to the actual interest of United States Public Health Service and FDA. The milk sanitation program is one of the oldest and respected activities.
First, of all foods, none surpasses milk as a single source of those dietary elements needed for the maintenance of proper health, especially in children and older citizens. Second, milk has a potential to serve as a vehicle of disease transmission and has, in the past, been associated with disease outbreaks of major proportions.
This explains the major interest in this industry and of course the programs that contributed to protection and improvement of the milk supply through research, technical assistance, standards developments, evaluations and certification activities. The incidence of milk-borne illness in the United States has been sharply reduced. In 1938, milk borne outbreaks constituted twenty-five percent (25%) of all disease outbreaks due to infected foods and contaminated water. Recent information reveals that milk and fluid milk products continue to be associated with less than one percent (<1%) of such reported outbreaks.
Today’s processed milk
According to the programs and safety stated above, the milk we drink today is “clean” and keep us away from a lot of milk borne disease. But this also means that the processed milk is far from as healthy as the raw milk. It looks like is a dead white liquid with no nutritional value. Raw milk is a step up in the nutrition since it is not put through violent heating stages, pasteurization and processes that retains the nutrient values.
The process of heating or boiling milk for health benefits has been recognized since the early 1800s and was used to reduce milkborne illness and mortality in infants. As society industrialized, increased milk production and distribution led to outbreaks of milkborne diseases. Common milkborne illnesses during that time were typhoid fever, scarlet fever, septic sore throat, diptheria, and diarrheal diseases. These illnesses were virtually eliminated with the commercial implementation of pasteurization, in combination with improved management practices on dairy farms.
Now, we really drink milk? How bad are this processes for the milk?
All raw milk consumers know that this is the BEST choice when it comes for worthy consumption. Pasteurization destroys the enzymes and vitamins C, B12 and B6, denatures the milk’s proteins, kills beneficial bacteria and promotes pathogens that are associated with colic in infants, osteoporosis and heart disease.
Raw milk sours naturally but pasteurized milk turns putrid; processors must remove slime and pus from pasteurized milk by a process of centrifugal clarification. Inspection of dairy herds for disease is not required for pasteurized milk. Pasteurization was instituted in the 1920s to combat TB, infant diarrhea and other diseases caused by poor animal nutrition and dirty production methods. But times have changed and modern stainless steel tanks, milking machines, refrigerated trucks and inspection methods make pasteurization absolutely unnecessary for public protection.
Probably pasteurization’s worst offence is that it makes insoluble the major part of the calcium contained in raw milk. This frequently leads to rickets, bad teeth and nervous troubles, for sufficient calcium content is vital to children. And with the loss of phosphorus also associated with calcium, bone and brain formation suffer serious setbacks. Pasteurization also destroys 20 percent of the iodine present in raw milk, causes constipation and generally takes from the milk its most vital qualities.
War on raw milk
The United States is the world’s largest producer of pasteurized cow milk. The dairy industry thus has a vested interest in eliminating all raw milk suppliers from the market place to enforce and increase per capita consumption of pasteurized milk which is lagging behind most of the world.
There seems to be a secret FDA war against raw milk dairy farmers that has very little to do with preventing the milk from getting to the public, but has everything to do with protecting the dairy industry and its reach and profits on the marketplace.
A simple search on the Internet will reveal that in fact there is a “war” against raw milk sellers and the well-known case of Rawesome Foods from California can be brought in your attention. Read below what the LA attorney declared:
The owner of a Venice health food market and two other people were arrested on charges related to the allegedly unlawful production and sale of unpasteurized dairy products, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.
The arrests of James Cecil Stewart, Sharon Ann Palmer and Eugenie Bloch on Wednesday marked the latest effort in a government crackdown on the sale of so-called raw dairy products.
While the raid was taking place in Venice, another was occurring at Palmer’s Healthy Family Farms in Ventura County. There, California agriculture officials said, the farm owner’s milk processing plant had not met standards to obtain a license to sell raw milk or raw milk products. Shortly after the raid, Palmer was back in business.
Demand for all manner of raw foods has been growing, spurred by heightened interest in locally produced, unprocessed products.
But government regulators contend such products can be dangerous; there is scientific evidence linking disease outbreaks to raw milk. The milk can transmit bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, dangerously high fevers and in some cases death.
Alcohol has also been linked with deaths, even though it’s legal. We don’t need to bust down the doors of breweries with the police at 5AM. Something is beyond me when I read about this action against people that sell milk. Maybe there is something else behind all this, anyway these raids made a lot of consumers to defend their right to consume that nutritious beverage at discretion without intrusion from this so called milk police.
Many of them still believe that all these restrictions of raw, healthful foods is just a conspiracy that wants to prevent nutritional sources from public access.
It’s about the consumers
As I said before, US is the world’s top producer of pasteurized cow’s milk and it makes sense that the dairy industry wants a chunk of this pie. In fact, with all this, US is the last on global milk consumption map, with Finland and Sweden rounding the top positions.
However, when it comes to production, only India rivals US, and this because they have a huge network of buffalo milk producers, making India the largest milk producer in the world. In these conditions, cow’s milk is on the second place, leaving the first place for the US.
Twenty-eight U.S. states still do not prohibit sales of raw milk. Cow shares can be found, and raw milk purchased for animal consumption in many states where retail for human consumption is prohibited. Most states impose restrictions on raw milk suppliers demanded by the FDA and Dairy industry.
So why not limit access to raw milk across the country?
This would ultimately force many consumers to purchase milk from approved suppliers of pasteurized milk, thus instantly expanding the dairy industry’s business model by a large margin. Even if the world’s top producer could increase its local consumption by 10%, this would add considerable revenue in any given year. This is the actual goal. It has nothing to do with health and everything to do with increasing revenues for the dairy industry.
One thing that can make you believe that raw milk is still worthy of consumption is that government policy is so much against it. Anything public officials try and convince us against is usually good for us. However, that could also be due to the natural competition raw milk offers to the pasteurized milk industry which the government supports.
All campaigns are supported by media promoting some ridiculous myths about the benefits the pasteurized milk has, but looks like there are any. It’s like promoting the candy to keep your teeth stronger.
So, what do we drink?
If you can’t buy any raw milk and don’t have access to a farm where you can buy some milk, maybe it’s time to stop wasting your money on pasteurized milk. More, many of us still need something to put in our coffees even if you can’t digest raw milk. There are some alternatives to buy without jeopardizing your health.
It is a good option and if you can buy organic almonds and make your own is even better. The almond milk you buy, just as rice milk, have some emulsifiers and aditives, so choose wisely.
Is made from hemp seeds that are soaked and ground into water, yielding a creamy nutty beverage. It contains 10 essential amino acids and a three-to-one ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids and other nutrients include magnesium, phytosterols, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin and thiamin.
The best option from my point of view as it is paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, and lactose-free. More, it is very tasty. Most of the fat is saturated fat, but it’s this fat that leads to its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties. Coconut oil contains the most lauric acid of any substance on earth.
Coconut milk is very healthy and compared to cow’s milk it’s easier to digest. It also contains a high level of omega 3, 6 and 9 fats along with high amounts of amino acids. This excellent combination of fats and amino acids make it a complete meal in and of itself. More, Starbucks started to offer coconut milk as an alternative.
A higher consumption of milk in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture. There are always alternatives to choose from and the current diary industry is providing us with some “empty” products. There are, of course, risks associated with raw milk also(food of the animal, irradiation, sick animals etc), but these can very easily be verified.
There is no law to tell us to drink other mammals milk(I think humans are the only one that do this), but at least if we do this, lets stick it to the original beverage as much as we can. A white liquid sold in a plastic barrel is far from what I know it looks and tastes like milk.
Do you like cow milk? How much do you buy on a monthly basis? I would like to know your opinions and if you or your family consume pasteurized milk.