Is Raw milk safe to drink?

Raw milk is safe and will provide the best nutrition possible if you are consuming any milk from an animal. It’s the only type of cow or goat’s milk I recommend. Raw milk is the natural unaltered milk usually from cows, goats or sheep. It is not heated above the animal’s highest body temperature which is usually 101-105 degrees F. (38 degrees C.) Raw milk is not pasteurized, homogenized or frozen, nor has it been altered with additives, chemicals, light or homogenization. When raw milk is obtained from a healthy grass-fed cow, the risk is no more than consuming a tomato from your local grocery store. Studies have shown that children who drink raw milk have lower rates of allergies and asthma. The flavor is rich and complex, and the health advantages abound. People who were lactose intolerant find they have no problems with raw milk and raw dairy products, digestive issues usually clear up, energy increases, immune systems strengthen, and people feel better. Pasteurization, the process where the milk is heated, kills the beneficial bacteria, healthy enzymes, and proteins. Once these are gone you are drinking “dead” liquid and it is of no benefit, and might actually cause more harm than do any good to those who drink it. It even kills off the enzyme lactase which is needed to properly break down lactose, no wonder we have a rise of lactose intolerance in this country with the high consumption of pasteurized milk.

About the author Tracy is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in the South Florida area. She is the lead consultant and President of tmihealth. Tracy works with clients in her Wellington office and nation-wide via phone and skype consultation options with programs specializing in Nutrition and Detoxification. You can also find her on Facebook and Google+