Well let’s go back a little way to a time (that I can still remember) when the Milk man delivery used to be normal part of the day.
The little wire crate on the door step with two or three or four bottles of milk and the little silver tops waiting for you in the morning.
My job as a little girl was to run out and bring the whole milk in before the magpies would stick their beak in and drink the cream off the top.
Ahhhh they were the days huh!
When Milk was Milk from happy dairy cows…
I wonder if these days the magpies would even bother trying to drink the milk.
Maybe they would if they new what it was instead of just some strange white coloured liquid..
Certainly no cream on top of the milk anymore.
Pasteurization started back in the early 1900’s for fear of tuberculosis, botulism and a whole swag of other nasties. Back then this may have been legitimate however these days it has been proven by medical professionals that this process doesn’t actually kill the bacteria which causes typhoid or tuberculosis but it does in fact kill the bacteria in unpasteurized milk which is beneficial to us as well.
Not saying it didn’t have some benefits in it’s time but it is definitely an old system for an old problem and should be re-visited.
Raw milk eventually turns to buttermilk or sour cream whilst pasteurized milk can cause serious illness when it has gone bad.
Hygiene ‘back in the day’ was also a concern for other germs but this has also improved immensely so again another reason this process needs to be re-visited.
The sad fact is, Pasteurization kills all the healthy enzymes we once benefited from when drinking this good stuff.
Lanctot 1995, `p165 states that 50 % of the calcium in treated milk is also unusable. As well as lactose intolerance increasing due to the chemicals added to restore taste and synthetic vitamins.
The truth of the matter is, most people who are lactose intolerant have no problems with raw milk.
What does this tell us?
Homogenization is the other process we do to mess around with our milk.
Chek 2004, explains that homogenization filters the fat molecules so that the fat passes through our digestion however this increases the chance of incomplete protein digestion in the small intestine.
Milk protein in the blood stream is what leads to milk allergies and a sensitive immune system.
Last but not least is the happy dairy cow scenario.
It has been general practice for some time now that our dairy cows are given regular doses of antibiotics and growth hormone to avoid mastitis and to increase production of milk then she needs to after the birth of her calf.
Of course this is a business decision to increase production. Not the best thing for the cow as Mother Nature gives her a break between milking so she can regenerate her health and be ready for the next baby. Growth hormone is given to the dairy cow to increase milk production for another 6-8 weeks sometimes 12 extra weeks…. Ouch!
So just keep this in mind every time you reach for that enormous variety of milk how long poor Mrs Cow has had to milk for.
As for the skim and half fat style available, well this is just a white liquid with added sugar by this stage so I think you can figure out the answer to that one yourself by now.
Once you have so many additives in a food substance your body starts to class it as an unknown and before you know it allergies and inflammation occurs.
Bloating, discomfort and unhappy bowel system can all be attributed to modern day dairy products.
Your body will internally work much more efficiently if you avoid dairy or stick with RAW milk from the health food shop.
So is milk Healthy?
REAL RAW milk Yes but of course it’s more expensive however if you are only having smaller amounts then it will not work against and personally I don’t like putting a price on health.
Yoghurt falls into the dairy category question (for obvious reasons) and I guess you can use the same methodology for this too. The packaged and ‘marketed to taste’ version of yoghurt has lots of sugar added to make it taste nice so stick with plain natural organic yoghurt and add your own fruit.
Bingo and YUM.
Also a lovely client advised me of a new found alternative to Dairy Yoghurt which is coconut yoghurt believe me it is worth the $10 price tag for a big tub – the taste is heavenly.
AND very healthy for you.
Until next time
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