I just love weekly pickups for grassfed raw milk. The inspiration and information exchange between folks who are making it happen each and every day with nutrient dense food preparation in their home kitchens is something you just can’t get anywhere else.
At our local pickup earlier this week, my dairy farmer relayed an interesting story to me about one of his 12 grandchildren and her very first experience with cow milk.
This little gal was presented for the very first time with a sippy cup of grassfed low temp pasteurized, nonhomogenized milk to drink as her Mom was in the process of weaning her off breastmilk. The child was already adept at drinking out of a sippy cup herself and so handling a sippy cup was not a new experience.
Without hesitation, she refused to drink from the sippy cup after an initial taste and turned her head away in rejection.
Undaunted, her mother next presented her with a sippy cup filled with raw, grassfed milk. It is important to note that the milk was from the very same dairy farm. The only difference is that one sippy cup had low temp pasteurized, nonhomogenized (cream top) milk in it and the other sippy cup had raw grassfed milk.
Same cows, same pasture, same everything except one sippy cup had milk that was low temp pasteurized and nonhomogenized.
Again, without hesitation, the little toddler grasped the sippy cup full of raw milk and happily began to drink!
My dairy farmer continued to explain that pets will make the same choice if you give them the option of lapping up low temp pasteurized/nonhomogenized milk versus raw milk.
Livestock exhibit similar instincts when it comes to feed as I’ve had many a farmer explain that animals always prefer the natural grain to any mix with GMOs in it. Of course, if GMO feed is all that you offer, they will eat that, but given the choice, the healthier option is chosen with no hesitation.
We can learn a lot by observing how healthy children and animals make their food choices. Their instincts for what is best for them nutritionally and developmentally haven’t been lost and those virgin taste buds and sense of smell are highly sensitive to the food choices presented.
Microphotography of Low Temp Pasteurized Milk and Raw Milk
Scientific examination of the molecular structure of low temp pasteurized/nonhomogenized milk and raw milk provides evidence as to why children and animals will instinctively prefer raw milk. In an article written by Beverly Rubik Phd entitled Microphotography of Raw and Processed Milk she shows in visual form the striking differences between raw milk and milk that is processed at low temperatures and not homogenized. Note that frozen raw milk that has been thawed has the same beneficial properties with little loss in nutrition.
Clearly, even low temp pasteurization with no homogenization is a very damaging process!
I found this research by Dr. Rubik to be very helpful as I have always recommended to people who have the choice between low temp pasteurized, nonhomogenized milk that is 100% grassfed and raw milk where the primarily grassfed cows get a small ration of grain each day to always choose the raw milk. The overall health of children on raw milk will beat the health of children drinking 100% grassfed low temp pasteurized/nonhomogenized milk in every instance I have observed.
Let’s take a lesson from the children. They are so much wiser than we think. Raw milk beats low temp pasteurized/nonhomogenized milk every single time.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
Another alternative would be you can purchase your own cow.This is the safest way to consume
any “raw” milk product. As a Dairy Nutritionist and a Rph.D. this is a good and safe option. A farmer
who operates Oak Knoll Goat Dairy Farm told me about raising a couple goats if you want raw milk
which I have done. Never purchase raw milk “second ” hand.
PS. I will not discuss low temperature pasteurization with you as your mind is already made up. Again,please!! NO
REPLIES are needed.
Remember!! You can purchase raw milk from the cleanest farm in the world.In three words YOU ARE AT RISK no matter
if you know the farmer of not!!
In conclusion “WHAT IF” ? Thank you.No reply is needed to this comment.
David H.Keyishian,Rph D.
I have a question please help as much as you can …my child is two and half years old and I am in Dubai where I can’t find raw milk and I was giving my child yogurt mixed with water in her bottle whenever she needed but it was harming her I don’t know if it’s the making of yogurt or anything else …so I shifted to pasteurized milk organic hormone free fresh full fat and now she drinks this in her bottle whenever she needs and it’s better than the yogurt on her health …my question is that I am aware of harms of pasteurized milk due to which I try to avoid her from drinking a lot of milk and try to give her foods instead …am I doing something wrong by depriving her from milk ? Or I should let her drink one litre milk as mentioned above everyday for her nutritional needs ? Please help
Emmaleigh M Paul
The study linked does not actually include low temp VAT pasteurization, or if it does, it’s not clearly specified… It compares UHT (ultra high temperature) pasteurization with, simply “pasteurized” milk. Presumably this would be high temperature short time Pasteurization (HTST) wich is typical in the industry.
Emmaleigh M Paul
Correction, it *does* specify “pasteurized (heated to 170 degrees F for nineteen seconds)” wich means it is indeed HTST, not low temp VAT.
I was really looking forward to trying the milk delivery in my area of low temp pasteurized non-homogenized milk. First deliver was today. We’ve been exclusively raw milk consumers for the last 3 years and where as my son and husband drink it no problem, either plain or with chocolate added, I’ve never gotten past the different taste it has compared to store bought milk. Thus when I found out a dairy is now delivering in our area the low temp milk I decided to give it a try. I haven’t tasted it yet, but I find I don’t drink the raw milk because I don’t care for it much. I was hoping to get some of the benefits of raw but a milder taste from the low temp pasteurized. Now I’m a bit deflated and not sure what to do…I have not and will not cancel our raw milk herd share just yet, that’s for sure. Thanks for all the information! I’m all about making informed decisions.
I am in the same situation. ☹️
I know raw milk is way better and if I had the choice I would get it but since I don’t I get the grass fed Jersey milk that’s low temp pasteurized and only let my little ones have it occasionally. For them I have them stick to goat kefir or other cultured dairy but sometimes you just want milk! I definitely need to get a milk cow when the Littles are a bit older. Raw milk is definitely a privilege!!
But I think she is more addressing those that have the option and want to know which is better.