The Cup of Joe for the Day: Pros and Cons of Raw Cow’s Milk

Have you ever wondered if cow’s milk was better for you then pasteurized milk? Today I will give you some pros and cons about Raw Cow’s Milk and you can make your own decision.

Cow’s Milk Pros

  1. It contains no additivesRaw milk is milk that comes straight from the udder and is then directly cooled and bottled. Since raw milk hasn’t been processed it has nothing in it but the milk that was taken from the cow. For food purists, this is a major plus.
  2. Raw milk is responsible for some pretty amazing cheeses-Raw milk contributes to the flavor of some of our favorite cheeses. The raw milk imparts unique characteristics of the land in which the cheese is made, giving it a distinctive terri0r.
  3. Raw milk proponents claim it tastes better-Because raw milk has not been heated or homogenized — and often comes from pasture raised animals — it tends to be sweeter and richer. Some of the country’s best chefs, like Dan Barber of Blue Hill, swear by its flavor superiority.

Cow’s milk Cons

  1. More people are sickened in states where the sale of raw milk is legal-In data combined from 1993-2006, 77 percent of illness outbreaks caused by raw milk occurred in states where it was legal. And 73 percent sickened by raw milk (or its products) directly were in states where it was legal.
  2. Raw milk is especially dangerous to people with weakened immune systems- According to the FDA, raw milk is especially risky for older adults, pregnant women and children. There have been documented cases where children who were given raw milk as a healthier dairy option ended up extremely ill.
  3. There is no strong scientific evidence that raw milk is healthier, so why risk it?- While many raw milk enthusiasts cite studies that claim raw milk can help prevent asthma, lactose intolerance and allergies, those who are against raw milk consumption point out that these studies have been small and inconclusive.
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