As kind of a followup to my raw milk post from the other day, I thought I’d answer some of the questions I got from it and the readers ask series.
I agree that raw milk is the best for you, however, I can’t get past the fact that it has so much fat in it! I’ve been trying to drop about 5-10 pounds while at the same time trying to conceive. It seems impossible if I’m eating full fat dairy. And I know the non-raw stuff is just processed anyway, so what do you think of organic fat free pasteurized milk and other low fat products such as yogurt?
Personally? I won’t touch low fat dairy to save my life! Alright, so maybe that’s a bit extreme, but honestly, I won’t do it anymore. What you have to realize is that your body needs fat. In really simple terms, if you aren’t eating enough, your body stores what it does has! I would totally recommend you reading the book “Eat Fat, Lose Fat“. And it’s also not the fat that makes you gain weight, it’s the sugar. And if you’re anything like me, you eat to much of it on a normal basis! And the great thing about switching over to a whole foods diet is that your body will regulate what you need. You don’t have any of that nasty MSG and other flavor enhancers telling your body you need more while they quite down the ‘I’m full’ feeling. As an added example. I actually lost 10 pounds after switching from lowfat everything to full fat products!!
she also asked:
At what point would you consider it safe to give raw milk to babies?
I fully believe that the milk we consume is safe. I know my farmer and I know it’s clean. For this reason everyone in my family would consume raw milk no matter the age. I started my son on raw milk at 17 months. If for some reason I was ever unable to nurse my baby, we would give her homemade raw milk formula. Now I know that seems shocking to some, but I would feel much better knowing she was consuming something raw and healthy rather than that gross powdered formula that causes all sorts of allergies and health issues. But again, that’s just me. Every family needs to make their own choice on what they would consider safe for their family.
I’ve been really curious about raw milk, and tempted to buy it a few times. But, what’s the shelf life like? We don’t drink a ton of it in my house so I’m afraid it would go bad before we drank much of it.
Raw Milk will last about 7-10 days on average. But like another commenter, I’ve had it go more like 10-14 days. I personally buy it only a half gallon at a time since our farm is so close and if we do ever have extra and it begins to smell sour I turn it into yogurt or kefir or even cream cheese and whey. You can also freeze it. (personally I only do this with goats milk as it’s naturally homogenized and I’ve heard cows milk can change texture a bit when frozen)
And I was also asked to share my thoughts on drinking it during pregnancy:
I didn’t drink raw milk during my first pregnancy – but that’s only because I wasn’t buying it yet. I recently just had a baby 10 weeks ago and consumed raw milk as well as kefir, yogurt, smoothies and ice cream made from the raw milk and I of course think it’s totally safe!! Your body and the babies need all that good stuff found in raw milk, so as long as the milk comes from a clean source and you’re not drinking it out of dirty pails, drink up!!
And doctors…well, I’ve learned not to listen much when it comes to my nutrition. It all comes down to “As long as you know your source”! A lot of what ‘they’ say is to protect the uninformed. Like those of us who have not done our research or who are a bit careless about their food choices.
Pasteurization of milk only started around the 1910’s/1920’s and it was only because the cows were being fed distillery slop and were unhealthy and had such poor milk. It was so bad that the poor babies and children put on it suffered from “failure to thrive” and the death rate was unreal. The farmers also were practicing dirty farm management and the milk was getting contaminated.
I get my milk from a farmer that has healthy cows and practices good farm management. And personally, I feel that a young child is more able to fight off any infection when they have a great immune system (aka-drink raw milk)
Now as to how much we drink, what I buy and all that:
I buy a half gallon of goats milk per week (on average). The only one who actually drinks it is my almost 3yo son. And he normally gets his cup filled up in the morning and has it with breakfast and dinner for a total of maybe 8 ounces. For lunch and everything else, he gets water. My husband can’t tolerate milk much at all, although he can consume goats milk without much issue so we make ice cream from it on occasion. I don’t sit down and drink a glass of milk either. Sure, I make myself some hot cocoa from it once a week or so, but with my meals, I drink water. This half gallon is more than enough for us to go a week and I also use it in my baking, etc.
I also buy half gallons of cows milk about twice a month to use for making yogurt, kefir, and butter. Sometimes the cream gets used in my coffee if I so decide to treat myself to some!
I’ve really gotten to the point thought where I don’t think milk is really needed. A lot of traditional cultures never consumed milk the way we do today. They used the cultured milk (yogurt, butter, etc.) but rarely drank tall glasses of it. So for us, a little goes a long way!
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