Benefits of Raw Milk

by GettingFreedom on September 9, 2009

If you would have told me a year or so ago that my family would be relying on a local farmer for our milk, I would have called you crazy. My naive mind thought that store bought was the way to go. Obviously not with just milk, either. But boy has my mind been changed!

The more I look into what is really in (or in some cases, what isn’t in) store bought food, the more I want to avoid it. We’ve switched to homemade bread products made with fresh ground wheat, homemade snacks, and I grow and preserve as much food as I can. Other than finding a good meat source (which I think I have already) the only thing I needed to do something about was our dairy products.

I’m not going lie. This was a very hard decision for me. It took many, many months for me to finally jump in and do it. And really, it wasn’t me that did it, the farmer did. They had some extra milk, and wanted to know if I wanted it. If I didn’t, it would be poured down the drain. Not being one to waste, I jumped on it, and I haven’t looked back. The family loves it!

Benefits of Raw Milk

  1. During the pasteurization process, milk store bough milk loses roughly 60% of it’s calcium.

  2. In addition to losing that much calcium, it loses all of it’s phosphate. Doesn’t sound too important–but it is! Phosphate helps your body to absorb (or use) the calcium.

  3. Raw Milk is higher in B12 (here is great article on the importance of Vitamin B12)and Vitamin C, as well as many other vitamins that are completely destroyed by the pasteurization process.

  4. Raw milk contains beneficial enzymes and amino acids that aid in digestion and vitamin absorption.

  5. Many “lactose intolerant” people are able to drink Raw Milk because it is easier to digest.

  6. Store bought milk goes rancid, where as raw milk just sours. Sour milk can still be used in baking; makes great muffins, breads and pancakes.

  7. We skim off the cream on some of our gallons, and I use it to make butter, or for my coffee. 2 birds with one stone.

  8. Less is more. Raw Milk will fill you up faster since it still has all of the nutrients and cream.

  9. Raw Milk tastes so much better.

Things to keep in mind: Only buy from farmers that feed their cattle green grass and that do not use antibiotics. Also make sure that the farm is clean, and that the milk is stored correctly.

These fancy processes that our food goes through isn’t necessarily a good thing! I’ve come to really love Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions. It is a definite eye opener, and it will change the way you look at food.

Taking a closer look at real nutrition, which was one of my 2009 goals, and finally switching my family to raw milk works for me! There is no turning back for us!

This post is being linked to Works For Me Wednesday

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