Raw Cow’s Milk Facts – Good Or Bad?

Earlier, our website has published an article on The Truth About Milk That Companies Don’t Want You To Know”.

There were a number of feedbacks and comments about the article especially when debating about whether raw milk is bad or beneficial for your health. As a result, this article is delving deeper into the topic of whether should we avoid drinking milk at all (even if it’s raw milk).

Personally, I’ve not drank any milk for quite some time and I’m neither anti raw milk nor supporting the raw milk. This article is just to search for the truth about raw milk so you can make an informed decision of the kind of food to put on your table in the future.

Looking deeper into the whole question, it would be better to define what kind of raw milk we are talking exactly.

There are many different variations of raw cow milk. How the farmer raises the cows would determine what kind of raw milk it would produce.

After a recent visit to an organic farm over in Malaysia, I realized that how the crops are grown play an important role in the quality. The environment, water sources and soil quality greatly influence the kind of crops the farm can grow. This applies to the cows as well. The cows that grow in different environment, feed with different foods and water, produce different kinds of raw milk.

If the cows are feed with grain that is full of pesticides and chemicals, do you think that the cows can produce raw milk that is beneficial to your health?

Even if the grains are organic, cows that are fed with a lot of grains would be over acidic. And it would produce milk that is inferior in quality and potentially full of pathogens. When people drink this raw milk, they will get sick.

Let’s take a look at how our current pasteurized milk come from…



You can see from the video that these cows are fed in a tight and constraint space, and fed with grains instead of grass. The manure of these cows is all over the tight space.

Rapid advances in technology today have enabled humans to develop many technologies to help them in their work, and to make everything faster, stronger, and more efficient. This also extends to our milk production. Four to five decades ago, an average cow may produce roughly around 2,000 pounds of milk per year. Today, top producers say they can put up about 50,000 gallons out of a cow’s udder per year. And how did they do all that you ask?

By liberal application of drugs, antibiotics, hormones, and hundreds of cross-breeding methods.

Equally disturbing is the inclusion of BGH’s (Bovine Growth Hormones) in said cows thus upping their milk production which in turn develops a marked increase in mastitis prompting for a required antibiotic therapy. And even worse, the same antibiotics leave traces of it inside the milk.

Do you think you will not get sick if you drink raw milk from these cows?

What about cows that pastured on organic and healthy green grass?

If the farmers treat the cows nicely and feed the cows with organic and healthy green grass, most likely the cows could produce raw milk that contains nutrients, vitamins and minerals that benefit the human body – Enough of all the antibiotics, hormones injections, living in tight and constraint spaces.

What’s really great about raw cow’s milk?

From many nutritionists and dietitians, many have emphasized that raw milk contains live probiotic bacteria and beneficial enzymes that can help in enhance digestion and soothe the digestive tract of our body.
An example of good bacteria in raw cow’s milk is helping to change lactose into lactic acid where lactic acid enhances absorption of minerals like iron, phosphorus, and calcium.

Another benefit of raw milk is that it contains large amount of conjugated linoleum acid (CLA). CLA is known to boost one’s metabolism, help in weight loss, strengthen the immune system, reduce insulin resistance, build muscle and reduce abdominal fats. Research have shown that grass fed cows have 3-5 times more CLA than cows that are fed with grains.

Having knowing its benefits, do we really need these minerals or nutrients? Is there any substitute to the enzymes that the cow’s milk has?

I would personally recommend raw goat’s milk than raw cow’s milk because goat’s milk is more compatible with our human’s body.

However, a problem faced by myself and many people who live in the cities – it is very difficult to get raw milk that is produced by organic cows or goat.

Are we depriving of health benefits from the cow’s milk?

After returning from the organic farm last weekend, I realized that the farmer themselves don’t have any cows and milk at all. It seems that my friends whom I’ve met during the trip don’t drink cow’s milk at all. And they are even healthier than most people around me. I would say that it’s good to some extent to drink raw cow’s milk but it is not definitely a must to drink it.

Another alternative to raw milk is raw almond milk.
Although it does not contain the protein content of animal milk, it is full of abundance in plant-based fats and various kinds of anti-cancer phytonutrients.

As for enzymes, you can get it from many sources. One of the best sources of enzymes is from the seeds of organic papaya. For this exciting topic, I’ll share with you in the next few entries.

The Truth About Milk That Companies Don’t Want You To Know

The foods we eat are based on the common notion that is implied on those foods. We tend to choose what is known to be healthy and good for us.

It’s considered a fact that milk and other dairy products are good for the body and there is no doubt about it. Unfortunately, according to latest studies, these foods that we consume tell the opposite to this fact and without us knowing about it, we continue to patronize these products without second thought.

And that’s exactly the reason why I’ve written this article. You could be on your way to living a healthier lifestyle and be free from the unwanted effects of these common household products, only if you didn’t believe these 4 common myths:

Myth#1: Milk is Undeniably Healthy for Our Body

Fact: The nutrients in cow’s milk, cheese and other dairy products contain saturated animal fat, cholesterol, animal protein called casein, as well as growth and hormone factors. These nutrients are associated with the many fatal diseases. Here are the most common ones:

Cancer

Nutrition plays a big part in cancer. Dairy products such as cow’s milk contain 35 various hormones such as estrogen, and 11 growth factors. These elements are responsible for the cells to grow out of control and several evidences show how it is linked to many kinds of cancer.

Colic

Colic is an acute abdominal pain that mostly affects infants. According to early studies, the foods that a mother consumes when she is breastfeeding have a great affect on her baby. Nutrients like the whey protein and lactose that is mixed in cow’s milk formula for babies might be the common cause of colic.

Coronary Heart Disease

Since dairy products contain high levels of saturated fat, it contributes a lot in the onset of coronary heart disease. This disease is caused by a build up of fatty deposits in the arteries which can lead to an obstruction of blood supply to the heart. The saturated fats in milk increases cholesterol levels which then leads to build up of the fatty deposits. The result of this is a heart attack.

Diabetes
Diabetes affects more than one million people in the UK and US and continues to increase over time. It’s a chronic disease that causes glucose (sugar) to build up in the blood due to the lack of hormone insulin. Diabetes brings several health conditions where the entire nervous system is greatly affected. Evidence shows that eliminating any kinds of dairy in the diet of someone who suffers from diabetes can have an improved chance of being treated.

These are just some of the common health diseases that dairy might cause. Others include several heart disorders besides coronary heart disease, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, asthma, constipation, eczema, and Crohn’s disease. Ironically, it can also be the cause of those that are known to be prevented by taking dairy products like arthritis and osteoporosis.

Myth #2: Milk is the only source of calcium

Fact: According to the Food Standards Agency’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey, milk is not the only source of calcium. In fact, it has less than half calcium in the average diet of Americans and Brits. And in addition to that, many people in the world obtain it from plant-based sources and don’t rely much on dairy products alone as a source of calcium.

Here is a list from http://milkmyths.org.uk that represents a number of foods that are rich in calcium:

Food (and serving size) Calcium (milligrams)

Cauldron Foods Organic Plain Tofu

(one pack – 250g) 500

Sesame seeds (25g – a small handful) 168

Sunflower seeds (25g – a small handful) 28

Broccoli (80g portion boiled in unsalted water) 32

Curly kale (80g portion boiled in unsalted water) 120

Watercress (80g portion raw) 136

Almonds (30g – a small handful) 72

Brazil nuts (30g – a small handful) 87

Alpro Soya Milk (200ml glass) 240

Dried Figs (100g – four to six pieces of fruit) 250

Tahini (10g – two teaspoonfuls generously spread

on one piece of toast or stirred into a bowl of soup) 68

Myth #3: Milk is a Good Source for Preventing Osteoporosis

Fact: While it’s a common concept that dairy products are best for osteoporosis, recent evidences show the other way around. According to studies, those who consume dairy products regularly are more prone to osteoporosis that those who don’t. Dairy products actually increase the risk of bone fracture as well as the animal protein which increases the risk of bone loss.

To prevent osteoporosis, it is best to cut out on dairy products on one’s diet as well as exercise and maintain a proper diet with lots of fruits and green leafy vegetables.

Myth # 4: There is No Such Thing as Milk Allergy

Fact: Milk is associated with many food allergies and affects around 2% of all infants around the world. The most common is lactose intolerance. It’s the inability to digest the sugar in milk, or also known as lactose. The enzyme lactase is responsible for digesting lactose and this enzyme is only present among infants until the age of two or after the weaning. After that time, the body is no longer able to digest lactose which makes it unsuitable for us. Yet, milk is still consumed by many as part of their diet. Some symptoms of lactose intolerance include diarrhea, nausea and cramps. The only treatment for this is to avoid dairy products altogether.

Based on statistics, many people around the world suffer from this milk allergy. According to NHS Direct on 2005, it is evident among 95% of Asians, 75% of Afro-Caribbean people, 50% of Mediterranean people and 10% of Northern people.

Healthier Alternatives

Now that you’ve learned the many adverse effects of dairy products, you should then decide to drop those in your diet and opt for a healthier alternative. The best choice is to consume more fruits and vegetables, wholegrain products such as oats and bread, as well as nuts and seeds.

Cutting out on saturated animal fat and proteins from dairy products doesn’t mean you can say goodbye to milk, cheese and butter. There are many dairy-free alternatives that are widely-available on health food shops and specialist companies. In addition, here’s a list of healthy foods that can be used as a replacement for your regular dairy products.

  1. Probiotic Drinks – These drinks are healthy because of its live cultures and calcium that promotes easy digestion and normal bone development

  2. Oat meals – oat fibers are good for reducing cholesterol levels and promote a healthier heart. It’s also rich in Vitamin E and folic acid which is good for the skin and boosts the immune system.
  3. Vegan Cheese – Although cheese is regarded as a dairy product, there’s a wide assortment of dairy-free cheese products to choose from. Many are good for those who are suffering in lactose intolerance and it has no fats, cholesterol or genetically-modified ingredients.
  4. Almond milk – Almond milk is a much better alternative than milk and it even taste more delicious.
  5. Mayonnaise – There are also healthier mayonnaises that contain organic ingredients instead of the usual eggs and high levels of animal fats.

To summarize, milk is not that good as we all know and there is an increasing amount of case studies that prove that. Researchers concluded that milk does more harm than good to our health and recommends a more suitable diet that’s free from dairy products on the whole.

This can conveniently be done as there are many dairy-free alternatives that are available on the market. It’s proven to be healthier and capable of altering the harmful effects of milk and other dairy products.