More and more consumers now seek out raw, grass-fed cow or goat’s milk. Bottled and cooled without going through homogenization and pasteurization, raw milk offers an array of benefits to health. However, one important consideration should be taken into account to ensure that you get to maximize the wholesome goodness that raw, grass-fed cow or goat’s milk has to offer.
Read further and discover more about the pros and cons of raw, grass-fed cow or goat’s milk and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends moderate consumption of this source of hydration to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.
Raw, Grass-Fed Cow or Goat’s Milk’s Benefits:
Just as the name implies, this milk comes from dairy cows or goats that are allowed to graze on grass. Such dairy animal feeding practice results in a better omega-3-to-omega-6 fatty acids ratio. Both essential fatty acids have to be supplemented via the diet because they can’t be produced by the body. Omega-3 works as an anti-inflammatory, while omega-6 functions the opposite, hence the necessity for balanced levels in the body. Drinking raw, grass-fed cow or goat’s milk is one way to ensure this.
Raw, grass-fed cow’s milk has also been found to contain much higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid, a powerful antioxidant that shows potential for preventing cancer as well as obesity. Raw, grass-fed cow or goat’s milk has a better nutritional profile than its homogenized and pasteurized counterpart as well. It is crucial to note that some vitamin and mineral content of milk are sensitive to heat. Because raw, grass-fed cow or goat’s milk is not subjected to sterilization via heat application, it therefore retains most of its healthful goodness.
Raw, grass-fed cow or goat’s milk is abundant in probiotics or live beneficial bacteria as well. Probiotics have been found to deliver a multi-targeted preventive and therapeutic effect on an array of conditions like depression, infectious and antibiotic-associated diarrhea, lactose intolerance, and intestinal infections like the overgrowth of peptic ulcer-causing Helicobacter pylori. Children fed probiotics have been found to be less susceptible to allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis as well.
Raw, grass-fed cow or goat’s milk is far superior in flavor as compared to the pasteurized versions as well. Raw, grass-fed cow or goat’s milk is creamier in texture, too, making for an even more satisfying drink. Raw milk is sourced from small farms run by the farmers themselves, too. It’s certainly reassuring to be able to know where your milk actually comes from, which is not the case when you go for shop-bought highly processed milk that have most likely been harvested from cows living in inhumane conditions in concentrated animal feeding operations.
Raw, Grass-Fed Cow or Goat’s Milk’s Risk:
The probiotics in raw, grass-fed cow or goat’s milk seems to be responsible for this drink’s lesser susceptibility to contamination as it appears the beneficial bacteria subjugate the pathogens present in the unpasteurized drink. However, this does not mean that raw milk can’t be contaminated or can kill off disease-causing microorganisms. Though it has been recently proven that raw milk is a low-risk food, knowing and scrutinizing your source are still very crucial. Make sure that the farm where you get your raw, grass-fed cow or goat’s milk from follows strict sanitary standards and that it does not shelter disease-ridden animals.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the pros and cons of kefir and why you should drink it moderately to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of drinks to avoid as well as consume regularly and moderately on the Superhuman Food Pyramid:
- Non-Caffeinated Teas
- Coconut Milk
- Raw, Grass-Fed Cow or Goat’s Milk
- Sports Drinks
- Smoothies (With Natural Ingredients)
- Arabica Coffee Regular and Decaf
- Caffeinated Tea (includes Green Tea)
- Anti-Oxidant Drinks or Powders
- Rice Milk
- Almond Milk
- Red Wine
- Energy Drinks
- Flavored Waters
- Soy Milk
- Regular Cow’s Milk
- Instant Coffee
- Blended Coffee
- Mixed Drinks
- Hard Alcohol
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