Growing up, I drank 2%, and eventually skim milk. I had bought into the whole “fat makes you fat” lie. (Does anyone else remember the infomercial called ‘Stop the Insanity’? That lady haunts my dreams.) I remember skim milk was basically like water. I’m really not sure what nourishment I was expecting from drinking that junk. Maybe Calcium or Vitamin D? Now I know better. I have moved on to raw and real dairy.
What is real dairy? The stuff I used to drink most likely came from a place that houses a bunch of cows forced to eat grain and corn that they are not designed to eat (see my last post for more info on that). The cows are also most likely injected with hormones and antibiotics, and live in a stressful environment. The milk was also pasteurized at a high temperature, killing all the good stuff that helps our bodies digest it, and the good stuff that nourishes our bodies. Real dairy is from pastured cows, spending their days grazing grassy fields and soaking up some vitamin D. They are not treated with antibiotics and growth hormones, and their milk is collected in a sterile environment. They are kept a close eye on; making sure their heath is good, before the milk is taken. Then the milk is quickly cooled. It is oh so yummy!!!
Raw cheeses are delicious as well. The first one I tasted was raw Monterey Jack. I was amazed at the flavor and richness; so much so, that I almost ate the whole block in one sitting. I loved cheeses before, but my experiences have now been elevated.
So, what about those rumors that raw dairy is bad for you, and causes illness? Well, big pasteurized dairy industry would just love you to believe that. Isn’t it a wonder how such information is distributed with little to no evidence to back it up? Let me ask you a question, do you eat conventional poultry, seafood, beef, or produce? Then you have a higher risk of getting sick, or even dying, than if you ate raw dairy. I read a study conducted by the CDC, and in it, they report that between 1993 and 2006, there were 2 deaths caused by unpasteurized cheese. 2. And 1 caused by pasteurized cheese. Does this sound alarming to you? The unpasteurized cheese was made illegally in a bath tub, and not on a farm that follows the healthful standards I mentioned above. Oh, and you’ll also notice how often the word probably is used by these so called fact-finding professionals, to describe why they thought the pasteurized cheese may have caused the 1 death.
Now, some of you might be asking about me eating dairy when it’s not considered Paleo. I have a few things to say about this. First, I don’t believe that anyone has to consume dairy to be healthy. We can get calcium and vitamin D from other foods, and humans survived without animal dairy for many many years. However, raw dairy can be very beneficial in preventing allergies and asthma in children, and helpful in preventing and healing cavities in both children and adults. That being said, if we are taking a whole foods approach to eating and using Paleo as a template, raw dairy would fit in. Second, not everyone can tolerate dairy, especially pasteurized dairy, so I don’t believe everyone should be consuming it. I am merely stating that if you do consume dairy, it should be raw and the animal it came from pasture raised. And finally, since my body can tolerate raw dairy, I am welcoming the benefits! Fat soluble vitamins, congregated linoleic acid, and when fermented, gut healing properties.
While buying raw dairy is illegal in most states, for reasons dumber that dirt in my opinion, if it’s legal where you live I highly recommend trying some out. It is luscious, tasty, and nutritious!!