Friday, September 18, 2015

What is raw milk?

In effort to remove any harmful substances, milk goes through pasteurization. A process in which it is heated to 61° F for a minimum of 15 seconds, then quickly cooled in the most frequently used process called High Temperature Short Time pasteurization (Pasteurization | international dairy foods association, 2013). The attempted of making milk “safe” according to FDA standards may also be removing some of its most healthy components, such as beneficial micro flora (Got Raw Milk?, no date).  
Raw milk does not go through the pasteurization process and therefore not exposed to high temperatures, allowing the enzymes that aid in digestion to remain active until consumption. It also becomes a source for all eight essential amino acids (Health benefits of raw milk, no date). Extremely heat sensitive immunoglobulins or complex antibodies remain in unpasteurized milk (A brief overview of the health benefits of raw milk, no date). Unlike pasteurized milk with a finite shelf life, as raw milk ages its sweetness diminishes because the active probiotics and enzymes begin to ferment and multiply, creating an even more health food (A brief overview of the health benefits of raw milk, no date).
The benefits of illegal and banned substances are often few and minimal, however raw milk may be the exception.  If cows are organically raised and pastured fed the risk of contracting harmful pathogens from raw milk is very small. Sourcing milk from grassed fed cows also increases levels of conjugated linoleic acid (A brief overview of the health benefits of raw milk, no date). Because grass fed cows are typically produces from smaller independent farms, choosing to purchase raw milk provides a direct economic impact for local farmers.




References

A brief overview of the health benefits of raw milk (no date) Available at: http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/raw_milk_health_benefits.html (Accessed: 24 December 2015).
Got raw milk? (no date) Available at: http://farmtoconsumer.org/news/aa-24Jul2008.html (Accessed: 24 December 2015).
Health benefits of raw milk (no date) Available at: http://www.drdeborahmd.com/health-benefits-raw-milk (Accessed: 24 December 2015).
Pasteurization | international dairy foods association (2013) Available at: http://www.idfa.org/news-views/media-kits/milk/pasteurization (Accessed: 26 December 2015).