Why raw milk?

Why raw milk?

What is raw milk?

Raw milk, unprocessed and unpasteurized, has been consumed by humans for thousands of years. It is praised for its natural nutrients, digestive enzymes, and bioavailable vitamins. However, its consumption comes with debates and considerations.

Raw milk is milk that comes directly from cows, goats, sheep, or other animals without undergoing pasteurisation or homogenization. Pasteurization involves heating the milk to kill harmful bacteria, while homogenization breaks down fat molecules to prevent separation.

We believe that pasteurisation and homogenization strip milk of its beneficial nutrients and enzymes. Raw milk, in its natural state, retains these essential components, offering a richer, more nutritious option for those who seek it out.

Nutritional benefits of raw milk

Raw milk is rich in essential nutrients and enzymes. It contains a variety of fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals in their natural forms, which are easier for the body to utilise. Key benefits include:

  • Enhanced nutrient absorption: Raw milk retains vitamins such as A, D, and K, and minerals like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus in their natural forms, which are more bioavailable

  • Digestive enzymes: Contains enzymes such as lactase, which helps in the digestion of lactose, making it easier for lactose intolerant individuals to consume.

  • Probiotics: Beneficial bacteria in raw milk can improve gut health and boost the immune system.

Why avoid supermarket milk?

Supermarket milk is typically pasteurised and homogenised, processes that can reduce its nutritional value and alter its natural structure. Pasteurization destroys both harmful and beneficial bacteria, as well as enzymes that aid digestion.

Homogenization breaks down fat molecules, which makes the milk harder to digest. Additionally, supermarket milk often comes from cows raised in less than ideal conditions, potentially impacting the quality and safety of the milk.

While supermarket milk is convenient, it often lacks the same nutrient profile and may come from less ideal farming practices

Why grass fed milk matters

Grass Fed milk comes from cows that graze on natural pastures, leading to several benefits:

  • Higher nutritional content: Grass Fed milk tends to have higher levels of omega3 fatty acids, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), and vitamins A and E.
  • Better animal welfare: Cows raised on pasture have a more natural diet and lifestyle, which can lead to healthier animals and better quality milk.
  • Environmental benefits: Grass Fed farming practices are often more sustainable and environmentally friendly compared to conventional grain fed systems.

What if I am lactose intolerant?

Lactose intolerance, the inability to digest lactose due to a deficiency in lactase enzyme, affects many people. The natural lactase in raw milk helps many lactose intolerant individuals digest it without discomfort. The probiotics in raw milk may improve gut health and aid in lactose digestion over time.

The lactase enzyme is sensitive to heat and can become denatured in pasteurised milk, which may contribute to the symptoms associated with drinking supermarket milk. There are thousands who previously experienced lactose intolerance symptoms report successfully consuming raw milk without issues and actually thrive as a result. It's advisable to start with small quantities of raw milk or opt for raw cheese, as its fermented nature can facilitate easier digestion.

Why do humans drink raw milk?

Humans have consumed raw milk for millennia, primarily for its nutritional benefits and accessibility. Early agricultural societies relied on milk from domesticated animals as a stable and nutrient rich food source.

Consuming raw milk today links humans to unprocessed foods, offering a direct connection to natural farming practices and local food systems. Raw milk is often appreciated for its taste, nutritional profile, and the benefits it offers to gut health and overall wellbeing.

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