In perfect counter-point, a growing number of institutions remind us that raw milk is hazardous to your health.
Why the discrepancy?
I think there are several reasons.
First lets look at what raw milk has in it’s favor:
Raw Milk Can Reduce Heyfever and Asthma
A study summarized by Nutrition Horizon reports that based on sampling 14,893 children in five countries, the consumption of raw milk reduces the incidence of heyfever and asthma. This may apply to other allergies as well, although the summary of this particular study does not say.
Milk Intolerant People Can Digest Raw Milk More Easily
Other articles I have seen on the internet indicate that those with a milk intolerance can digest raw milk and raw milk products, where as they can not digest commercial pasteurized milk.
Raw Milk is Dangerous?
Is raw milk really dangerous?
I am a bit suspicious of this assertion. There is no end of government propaganda on the subject.
True, raw milk did cause big health problems before it was traced to various pathogens that can easily be destroyed by pasteurizing milk. This was a great approach in the 1930’s onward. At the time, the big worry was tuberculoses along with a few other diseases most people have not really heard of or been concerned about for a long time in most places.
Since then, the health of farm workers has improved, hygiene procedures on farms must surely be better, and there is no end of tests that can be used to screen the milk.
Now, the boogie-man is salmonella and unspecified bacteria.
Some would argue that it is precisely the ingestion of “friendly” bacteria that improve the health of raw milk consumers.
My opinion is that the risks are all out of proportion. If we should worry about the chances of contracting salmonella or whatever from raw milk, then we should definitely not drive anywhere, as there is the chance of having and accident, and that could also be very bad for your health.
Neither should we eat fast food because there have been incidents of food poisoning at some fast food restaurants occasionally. Actually, we shouldn’t eat at any restaurant, or for that matter eat at all. The argument can be taken to a ridiculous level.
Until I see comparative statistics, I won’t believe much of what governments and the milk board have to say on the subject.
I am interested in this, so as I find out more, I will post more about it.
Mean while share your opinion! Leave a comment or contact me.
- Wikipedia on Raw Milk
- Nutrition Horizon on Raw Milk (they state that it is dangerous but only provide evidence for its health benefits) [article no longer on the website.
- A campaign for Raw Milk
- Raw Milk Yahoo Group
- Wikitrition on Raw Milk
- BC Health Warning against Raw Milk