Followed by water, most would argue that milk is the liquid of life which we cannot get enough of. Milk comes in many forms from many different from plants: nut, hemp, and legume milk as well from animals: cows, goats and sheep to name a few. However, particularly if you’re a consumer of animal milk, do you know the difference between pasteurised and raw milk?
Pasteurisation is simply a method in which milk sold commercially is heated to a high temperature, generally through Ultra High Temperature (UHT) pasturisation, destroying all forms of good and bad bacteria present.(1)
The high temperatures damages vitamins, minerals and denatures enzymes which destroys proteins and essentially kills the milk of its nutrients, making it actually harder for your body to digest. As a result this can lead to inflammation in the bowels and lactose intolerance.(2)
Furthermore, pasteurised milk is also typically homogenised which is a high-pressure process that breaks down fat into tiny particles.
It has be scientifically proven that there is an association between increased consumption of pasteurised cow’s milk and high mortality rates as well as increased incidences of bone fractures in men and women.(3)
Raw milk is one of the most nutrient rich products that you can obtain, but unfortunately the media have casted negative assertions on raw milk without knowing the facts. This is the truth about raw milk:
- Studies show that children who drink raw milk are 50 percent less likely to develop allergies and 41 percent less likely to develop asthma compared to children who do not drink raw milk.(4)
- In particular a study focused on 8,000 children with various diet was published in the ‘Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology’ and found that children experienced auto-immunising effects from drinking raw milk.(5)
- Raw milk reduces the development of allergies as it is nutrient-rich in naturally occurring probiotics, antibodies and vitamin D which increases the strength of the immune system. These nutrients are destroyed during the pasteurisation process and can lead to allergies such as lactose intolerance.
- Raw milk is plentiful in healthy saturated and omega-3 fats, which are beneficial to maintaining clear skin. Increasingly in Europe and the America, people are using goat milk based soap products on their skin and creating homemade moisturising face creams using raw milk.(6)
- Raw milk contains no additives nor artificial sweeteners, which makes the liquid easier to digest.
- One serving of raw milk contains about 400 milligrams of calcium, 50 milligrams of magnesium and 500 milligrams of potassium. These minerals are vitally important for cell fluidity, bone strength, increased blood flow and metabolic functions.(7)
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