Credit to Weston A Price for the following information
Real Milk Comes from Real Cows that Eat Real Feed
Milk and dairy products like yogurt and cheese can be very healthy foods, but only if the milk contains all the fat. The butterfat in milk provides important vitamins like A,D, and K2, which are needed to help you absorb the calcium, phosphorus and other minerals in the milk. In addition, the butterfat in milk makes it much easier to digest and also less likely to cause illness.
The best milk comes from cows that live outside and eat green grass, and that is unprocessed; that is, has not been pasteurized or homogenized.
Pasteurization is a type of heat treatment that destroys much of the goodness in milk and makes it very difficult to digest. Pasteurization was instituted in the 1920s to combat 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 unnecessary for public protection.
Homogenization is a process that breaks down butterfat globules so they do not rise to the top; but when it breaks up the fats in milk, it makes the components of the fat less healthy.
Unprocessed milk is called “raw milk.”
Many health officials will tell you that raw milk is dangerous to consume; but actually pasteurized milk causes more illness than raw milk. In the past, raw milk was actually used in clinics to cure disease. Studies have shown that raw milk is much better than pasteurized milk for building strong bones and teeth, and for creating resistance to disease. Raw milk protects against allergies and asthma and often improves behavior in children.
Some Interesting Facts About Raw Milk:
- Raw milk contains an enzyme called lactoperoxidase, which kills bad bacteria; this enzyme doesn’t work very well after pasteurization.
- Raw milk contains an enzyme called lacto-ferrin, which prevents anemia; this enzyme doesn’t work very well after pasteurization.
- Raw milk contains special substances that help strengthen the digestive tract; when milk is pasteurized, these substances don’t work well and the milk can be very irritating to the digestive tract.
- Raw milk contains special bacteria called lacto-bacilli, which are good for you. When we have a lot these good bacteria in our digestive tract we digest our food very efficiently.
- Raw milk contains white blood cells and many other important compounds that are found in blood; for this reason, raw milk supports the immune system. These compounds don’t work after pasteurization.
- Raw milk contains many important fats, which support our health in many ways; these fats are damaged during the process of pasteurization and homogenization.