DEVELOPMENT OF BRAIN
KEY NUTRIENTS FOR BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
VITAMIN A: Cod liver oil; liver, butter and egg yolks from grass-fed animals VITAMIN D: Cod liver oil; lard, butter and egg yolks from grass-fed animals VITAMIN K: Butter, egg yolks and organ meats from grass-fed animals CHOLINE: Liver, egg yolks from grass fed animals DHA: Cod liver oil, liver, butter, egg yolks ZINC: Red meat from grass fed animals, shell fish CHOLESTEROL: Seafood; dairy foods, eggs and meat of grass fed animals
Cattle have been used for milking and consumption since ancient times. In the year 1864 Louis Pasteur, a French chemist, developed a process now called pasteurization. This is process that uses heat to kill pathogens and reduce the number of spoiled organisms in food beverages. In 1987 FDA mandated pasteurization of all milk and milk products for human consumption. In 1990 the use of genetically modified milk is approved in the U.S. In 2008 FDA approves “cloned” milk. Having shared a comprehensive history of milk, now let’s discuss if we should consume milk. Milk creates the number one allergy associated with infections, asthmas, allergies, skin problems, and digestive disorders. Furthermore in animal studies, pasteurized milk is associated with poor growth, low bone density, “mushy” organ development, and calcification of soft tissue, aggressive behavior.
Hence, it is not recommended to drink pasteurized and Ultra-Pasteurized milk.
Turns out that drinking raw milk may be more beneficial because it is not associated with cancer or other degenerative diseases. Moreover, traditional societies in Europe, Asia, and Africa have thrived on the milk of cows, goats, sheep, camels, reindeer, horses, mules and water buffalo. Milk drinking cultures tend to be taller. Lactose intolerance affects roughly 29 million Americans across the U.S. Studies have shown that 85% of those with lactose intolerance can drink raw milk. The reason why is because raw milk digests itself. The enzymes in raw milk are activated in the digestive tract, and the enzymes along with carrier proteins in raw milk ensure all nutrients are absorbed. Friendly bacteria in milk aid in digestion, and not much energy is needed from the digestive system to digest raw milk. On the other hand, pasteurized milk is very difficult to digest since the body has to supply the enzymes needed to digest the milk, and proteins are warped and distorted by pasteurization and put additional strain on digestion. Much energy is required from digestive system to digest pasteurized milk.
*Dietary guidelines at the institute for integrated nutrition by Sally Fallon Morell.
Health benefits of Raw Milk
- More nutritious than pasteurized milk
- Contains enzymes (pasteurized milk doesn’t)
- Contains probiotics rich in beneficial bacteria
- Easier to digest
- Butterfat is a great source of easily absorbed vitamin A (it also contains the fat-soluble vitamins D, E, and K)
- Raw butterfat is rich in conjugated linoleic acid
- Improves symptoms of chronic fatigue
- Raw milk clabbers when left out (pasteurized milk goes sour)
- Helps fight asthma and allergies
*CURRENTLY ONLY 8 STATES IN THE U.S. ALLOW RAW MILK TO BE SOLD IN STORES FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION —
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, New Mexico, and Washington. In other states, like Florida, the milk has to be marked as pet food.
There is an on going debate about dairy products because of their high fatty content; they contribute to heart health, digestive distress, cancer concern, contaminant challenge with the synthetic hormones given to cows, and respiratory risks.
On the other side of the coin, there are some health benefits to dairy products such as strong bones, contributing to good pH level in the body, cancer recovery, and premenstrual prevention.
Listen to your body and determine what works best for you.