I was dreading trying the raw milk, but I figured I better make day two a challenge since day one was a softball. The name, “Raw Milk”, conjured up images of a thick, white, gamey tasting drink with cow hairs floating on top. The milk even comes with a warning “WARNING: RAW MILK IS NOT PASTEURIZED. Consuming raw milk may increase your risk of food bourne illnesses, especially if you have certain medical conditions.”
When I examined the milk in the container I could see swirls of white, marking the separation of the cream and milk. I took a whiff of the milk and it seemed to smell OK. My entire family gathered around as I poured my glass. My husband joked that I “better drink that entire gallon of $7 milk”, while my kids chanted “drink it!”, enjoying that they were telling me to try something new, rather than the other way around.
I closed my eyes, braced myself and took a small sip. As I let the milk swirl around in my mouth and go down my throat I discovered that it tasted exactly like……milk. Anti-climatic moment, as I took another sip, than another, completely surprised that I could not taste a difference between this supposed “wonder food” from my typical skim milk. The only difference I could taste was an increased amount of cream, which is only because I typically drink skim and the raw milk was 1%.
So, what makes raw milk so good for you? According to Dr. Bowden, “Raw milk is loaded with nutrients, including beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus. Because it isn’t subjected to the high heat of pasteurization, those good bacteria, along with the wonderful beneficial enzymes – aren’t destroyed.” The main difference is that raw milk almost always comes from grass-fed cows, while homogenized milk, which you find in the grocery store, comes from cows that are fed a corn-based diet, pumped full of antibiotics, steroids and growth hormones. The residue of the steroids, growth hormones and antibiotics wind up in our milk and make a negative impact on our health.
I know that there is a great debate between the benefits and dangers of milk. I honestly do not know what to believe and think that I will have to dedicate more time to research on this subject. But, let’s put it this way, after I finish my $7.00 gallon of milk, I think I’m back to Trader Joe’s. I think I will start buying organic milk and may try to drink less milk, but I cannot see making the conversion unless I find compelling research that makes it a no brainer.
Either way, I survived!