You don’t trust your dairy, and I can’t blame you for that. In the previous post, The Dish on Dairy, we unveiled some disappointing facts about the manufacturing of dairy, and asked ourselves, “with all of these additives and hormones, what are we really consuming? What are the risks? Do the benefits stack up?”
The benefits of dairy are immense – loaded with fat-soluble vitamins, calcium, vitamin B6, B12, and CLA (which protects against cancer and sids in body fat reduction), essential proteins, and beneficial bacteria for a healthy gut. However, the only way to receive the maximum benefits dairy can offer is by consuming it in its raw state. Raw milk is one of the top superfoods. As discussed in the previous post, it is naturally antibacterial, antiviral, and immune boosting! It provides beneficial bacteria to promote a healthy gut, and we know that a healthy gut equals a healthy individual overall. New studies show that our gut health directly affects our physical and mental health! Another advantage to choosing raw milk is that most raw dairy farms feed their cattle their diet of choice- you guessed it.. GRASS! Grass-fed dairy cattle have a significantly different nutritional profile then conventionally fed cattle. Grass-fed dairy provides much more Omega-3 fatty acids then conventionally fed cattle (these girls provide a high quantity of Omega-6). We’ll discuss this in another post but the American diet is loaded with Omega-6 fatty acids which leads to many illnesses and diseases. Even if products are are fortified with calcium, vitamin D, and other synthetic supplements, these are harder to absorb than the naturally occurring vitamins and minerals in raw dairy.
I know; it’s a tough pill to swallow because it’s exactly what we’re told not to do. The dangers of unpasteurized dairy are beaten into our brains because someone knew someone’s daughter’s son-in-law who died from a bacterial infection thought to be associated with raw milk. Turns out, of the 23,000-foodborne illnesses reported by the CDC, only 132 came from raw milk and raw milk cheese. 0.5% isn’t so bad in my opinion, especially considering the benefits one receives when consuming raw dairy.
If you’re ready to make the switch, there are actually a number of places that sell raw dairy, like me, you’ve probably just never noticed before! Many Sprouts, Whole Foods, and Jimbo’s chains carry raw products, as well as your local dairy farms. If you’re interested in getting your family started on raw dairy and have any questions regarding the nutritional benefits of these products, contact us here!
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Written by Madeleine White