Why is raw milk illegal in some states? What are the risks associated with drinking it? How could a simple, straightforward product—like milk from a cow—have become so controversial? On today’s episode, Mark McAfee, the Chairman of the Raw Milk Institute, and the head of Organic Pastures Dairy, expounds on the topic with first-hand knowledge, experience, and passion. You’ll soon discover that Mark is a proponent of real, unadulterated, unpasteurized, grass-fed and pasture-raised raw milk. Mark explains the history of raw milk and pasteurization; he dives into the proteins and beneficial bacteria in raw milk; he contrasts raw milk with pasteurized milk and even “nut milks” on the market; and he discusses the role raw milk plays in the health of our gut microbiome. He gives us the big picture of the dairy industry world-wide, along with important information as to the benefits of including raw milk in your own diet.
Highlights from the conversation include:
- what raw milk is exactly
- how raw milk is babies’ first food
- how raw breast milk contains 700 different kinds of beneficial bacteria (contrast this with four or five types found in yogurt)
- how there are 2,500 different kinds of proteins in raw milk
- what babies drink, traditionally, after weaning
- why drinking raw milk from pastured animals is important
- why there is fear surrounding raw milk (and why it is well-founded)
- how cattle were kept in filthy conditions in the 1880s and 1890s, leading to tainted raw milk and many deaths
- why the Raw Milk Institute was created, including self-regulation for the dairy farmers and safety for the public
- the role of lactose intolerance in the public’s avoidance of dairy
- how raw milk can help treat asthma, allergies, and eczema
- why there are not more studies on raw milk conducted in the U.S.
- why dairy farming is on the decline
- how pasteurized milk is the most allergenic food on the market today
- the problem with imitation milks made of almond, hemp, soy, flax, rice, etc.
bernard j czech says
been drinking raw milk since finding this article prolly 20 years ago!!! 73 YO + feel great + thanks for the tip! thought ultrapasteurized organic dairy was best but i now know better!!
Jerri Magruder says
It’s definitely safer than pasteurized milk which is considered “hazardous material” in this article “Things you should never put down your drain” below wise traditions new “gmo labeling” article.
#12 (commercial) Milk (that it is written “What should you do with your milk drink up!” After commercial milk is well known to be “hazardous material” that hazardous waste containment management is called out to large spills “polluting” or “contaminating” lakes with fishes is a possibility as it would kill entire ecosystems of fish’ and closing down entire lakes for a year? But it’s okay for us to “drink up?!”
Jerri Magruder says
This is the wise traditions article the above was further down