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Milk…it doesn’t do a body good???

17 Sep

Mik is in the news these days as one of the latest “bad” foods. Several of the restrictive diets don’t allow milk. So, is milk, or dairy for that matter, really bad for you? Let me educate you first. (read the long article here: http://www.grist.org/scary-food/2011-09-12-not-your-grandmas-milk)

– Our dairy foods have been highly processed and contain milk by-products in addition to the various other substances that have been added in after processing.
– Homogenization changes the chemical make-up of milk molecules which creates a damaged form of fats and molecules. Oxidized fat and cholesterol have been linked to hardening of the arteries and increases in LDL (the bad cholesterol).
– Raw milk and grass-fed, non-homogenized, lightly pasteurized milk is your best bet for healthy milk (and cheese and yogurt).

So, the answer to “Is milk/dairy really bad for you?” is not so simple. I’m not a doctor or a scientist, but my personal belief is that dairy is one of the best sources of calcium we have in foods (I’m a huge supporter of getting the vitamins and minerals you need from whole, natural foods)…just buy the grass-fed non-homogenized and lightly pasteurized or raw milk and dairy from your local dairy farmer.