Raw vs. Pasteurized milk: What kind of milk is healthy for the human body to consume?

by matej on March 26, 2011 · 0 comments

Raw unpasteurized milk is a worthwhile food because of its extremely high number of vitally important substances like:

  • Calcium
  • Enzymes
  • Probiotic bacteria
  • Proteins
  • Vitamins

Many animal species enjoy eating and drinking milk. However, critics have warned that some species should not be given milk in the beginning of life such as newborns. They also warn that after breastfeeding, milk for feeding isn’t enough. Yes, milk is an excellent source of high quality protein and fat. However, it shouldn’t be confused with an array of other foods.

A Look At Human Development and Milk

Sometime between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago, man drank milk. As humans age, they generate enzymes, which causes lactose to degrade (lactose is milk sugar). If a person drinks milk and suffers with some type of ailment such as upset stomach or diarrhea, it’s imperative to lessen the intake or completely cut out milk from their diet. Being unable to consume lactose means the person cannot consume milk sugar.

The Pasteurization Process: Why It Was Developed

There are several aspects related to milk. When people consume raw milk, it means coming right out of the cow. Store-bought milk is almost always pasteurized and homogenized, which is bad for you. Why? The pasteurization process, introduced in 1900, destroys parasites and bad bacteria. The reason for its introduction was to get rid of the poor storage containers and poor hygiene in milk handling.

Today, cows are given a variety of hormones, antibiotics and pesticides. However, milk before the pasteurization is loaded with bad bacteria such as salmonella. For that reason, people should never drink milk if they don’t have a strong enough immune system. It’s important to consume only raw milk from cows that are healthy and fed grass. This kind of cow doesn’t have any bad bacteria in the milk.

Why Is Pasteurized Milk Is So Unhealthy

It’s important to understand milk’s pasteurization and homogenization process. The process happens at 70 degrees Celsius, where milk is held for 30 minutes and rapidly cooled to four degrees Celsius.  The process alters the milk proteins structure but also eliminates the positive nutritional parts. It also extinguishes the following things:

  • Enzymes
  • Probiotic bacteria
  • Vitamins – B6 and B12

Homogenization is a very similar process; high pressure breaks up the fat molecules and changes the milk composition, which release enzymes that are harmful.

Pasteurized and homogenized milk is one of the most allergic food and connected to a number of health issues like:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Pimples

Raw milk is much more enjoyable to eat and drink. However, in today’s society, it’s very difficult to attain. The best source to find raw milk is from local organic farms.

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