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Raw, all the way. I don't even let my kids drink pasteurized homogenized "milk".
Yeah. I know plenty of people like that. So far, you're winning.
Definitely raw. My kids are lactose intolerant and can't drink store bought milk. The pasteurization and homogenization processes kill all the healthy enzymes and bacteria, which makes it impossible to break down the lactose in the milk. People are shocked when I tell them that my kids are lactose intolerant (and for that matter, my husband is, too) and that we let them drink raw milk right out of the tank from a friend's farm. Once I explain the process that happens with store bought milk and how it pertains to the lactose in the milk, it makes more sense to them. Now if only I could get fat-free raw milk. ;)
Fat-free raw--while I think it is just wrong in so many ways--is easy enough, just skim the cream... and send it over to our house.We buy organic pasteurized and homogenized because the inconvenience of having to drive to yet another location miles out of our way and pay twice or three times as much for something my family would turn their noses up at on sheer principle of it being Weird Stuff Mom Bought was just too much for me to consider.
We have a gas station called Kwik Trip here. They sell milk in bags for a very cheap price. I figure, being that its in a bag, its the closest thing to being inside a cow's udder, so its kind of like drinking it raw.
I like the way you think Sandra.
Erika. Sounds good. Do you have a source for that information? Growing up, my family just listened to the loudest old lady and they always used buzz words like "enzymes" and "toxins", etc. But your example about lactose intolerance is quite intriguing.
Um. I've never drunk anything but store bought milk. I don't understand the difference really. I therefore have no opinion, except that I don't see any reason for a change. I've drunk store bought milk all of my life and I'm health as they come and almost never get sick, so why change?
Pasteurized/homogenized for espresso drinks - makes the best microfoam. Just can't keep the foam with raw milk.
I've seen that a lot, Ted. Many people cook with the pasteurized and drink the raw.
Libby Anne. I feel ya.
Pasteurized for me!! Just FYI--raw milk can have the listeria bacteria which is very bad for a pregnant woman and her baby. (can also be bad for children, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems).
Good tip, Thirtysomething Wife. Though, I'm not likely to get pregnant anytime soon, it is a good thought for my bride and squirts.
I don't think they sell raw milk here in LA County. I buy organic milk at the store and pay the premium price because I think it tastes better. when I was a kid we had milk right from the cow at my grandmas farm. Thick creamy milk. Oh the memories.
You make me thirsty amulbunny...
Darcy,Did you drink it while pregnant? I drink it all the time now (and am not yet pregnant), but I'm not sure what I'll do when that time comes. Thoughts?Liz
Here's a few good links for you to read:http://wewantorganicfood.com/2008/06/14/raw-milk-versus-pasteurized-milk/http://wewantorganicfood.com/2008/01/26/pasteurizing-milk-destroys-essential-nutrients/http://www.localharvest.org/forum/thread.jsp?forum=15&thread=435http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/Raw_Milk_FAQ.htmlhttp://www.realmilk.com/safety-raw-milk.html
Ok. Darcy was solid in her convictions. Erika proved er point very well with plenty of links. Ted gets an honorable mention due to his unique application of the subject. Libby Anne was almost the most practical. Thirtysomething also gets an honorable mention for the safety tip. And amulbunny gets the closest to winning without winning for her vivid nostalgia. I'M even dreaming of raw milk straight from the udder now.So, that leaves Sandra. I'm giving the win to you for THE MOST CONVINCING argument. The mileage and extra cost. Congrats!
YAY! Let's do this again!
Elizabeth, yes I drank it while pregnant. I gave raw goat's milk from our goats to be 6 month old daugher when I lost my own milk supply.There is plenty of evidence that suggests that bad bacteria cannot grow in raw milk due to the fact that the good bacteria kills it. I've researched this extensively and am not worried in the least. I can provide more links than would fit on this little blog post so if anyone wants them, e-mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
I won? I won! Oh, I won! The glory of the accolades, the ecstasy of seeing my name followed by "the win", the sheer wonder of (gasp) WINNING. Ahhh. thanks.
LOL! If only there was a prize.