My family and I live in Virginia where it’s illegal to buy and sell raw milk. However, clever people have found a legal loophole. The law states a person can consume the milk from their own cow. So we have bought what is called a cow share. It allows us to legally purchase raw milk because we’re just drinking what our dear cow provides.
Don’t worry, I researched this farm, talked to people who’ve been drinking their milk for years, and even inquired into the health and total treatment of the cows. Safety is very important with stuff like this. Totally unrelated, but I love cows. Such gorgeous lugs :)
Anyway, why am I trying raw milk?
First of all, I’ve become aware that much nutrition is destroyed in the pasteurization process. Some don’t agree but I’ve found more researchers agreeing than not agreeing. Milk is pasteurized to kill anything harmful in it. However, a cow that is healthy, that eats it’s proper diet (grass, not grains!), is treated with love and care, and is milked under strict sanitation guidelines yields safe, healthy milk. And that appeals to me.
Also, there have been too many studies for my comfort talking about a link between pasteurized milk and type 1 diabetes in children. I have two such children and therefore take this information very seriously.
Raw milk proponents say the benefits include:
-More Vitamin A, C, and D
-More readily absorbed calcium and iron, Vitamin B12, and B6
-More minerals, including Iodine and Folate
-Protection against asthma and allergies in children (pasteurized milk has been strongly associated with the increase in asthma, allergies, ADD, auto immune diseases and more.)
My husband grew up in a rural area and drank milk straight out of the cow’s (and goat’s) teets and he literally is the healthiest person I know. Literally. All he’s ever had to deal with is a cold and because this is all he’s ever experienced, he is severely annoyed by something as simple as a runny nose. (Lucky…) Is there a connection? I don’t know but I’m intrigued.
I’ve been drinking the milk for a week now and all I can say is tastes amazing. It has no strong flavor whatsoever. It just tastes like creamy heaven. One of the best parts is it doesn’t taste like stinky plastic because it hasn’t been sitting in a plastic container for weeks or months.
I will let everyone know if I notice any benefits to our family in the next weeks/months. I’m not looking for any, instead, I’m trying to tie us closer to things as they come in nature-keeping safety as a priority. I figure that’s the healthiest way to go.
Anyone out there drink raw milk or have any opinions on it? I’m very interested to hear!