Raw Milk: Dangerous or Healthy?

By Reid Schram
Reid Schram
Reid Schram
November 11, 2014 Updated: November 11, 2014

A dry brownie will make almost anyone reach for a glass of milk, but more and more evidence is mounting that drinking milk is not beneficial, and maybe harmful.

Anti-milk drinkers cite that no other creatures drink milk after early childhood and how most of the people on the planet do not create the proper enzymes in adolescence or adulthood to digest milk. There are also numerous studies emerging showing correlation between amount of milk consumed and mortality. Almost undoubtedly, these studies were performed on those drinking pasteurized and homogenized milk and milk products.

While many believe milk must be pasteurized in order to prevent the spread of diseases, others argue that milk produced from cows on a much smaller scale than mega-dairys like Land O’ Lakes and
Darigold, is safe to drink. A small dairy farmer who is able to pay close attention to his cows health and fetch a premium price for their unprocessed milk is very interested in keeping his customers healthy.

Anti-pasteurization advocates also claim that the processing of milk alters the molecular make up and destroys beneficial enzymes, not to mention ruining the taste. These microscopic changes in the milk are said to be damaging to human beings, chief among them is oxidative stress to the arteries as milk is absorbed very quickly by the body. Some claim powdered milk is extremely harmful due to the drying and oxidizing of proteins and sugars.

While more and more data is being collected on the impacts of dairy in the diet, few if any are studying the consumption of milk in its most natural state.