Jack Osbourne's wife, Lisa, has a blog. It's a rad blog, and she blogs rad stuff. What can we say??
In her latest entry, she decided to tackle a topic that not many try and take on — milk. She leads it with a disclaimer:
Disclaimer: these views are my own personal beliefs
Turns out, she doesn't like the FDA very much. Not a lot of people do, actually, and we certainly disagree with how lax they are when it comes to the quality of our foods.
We all know the FDA has approved some ridiculous shiz over the years, so why should we put our trust in them? They are persuaded and dissuaded by one thing: money. So, in my opinion, they can’t be trusted. Over the last year, we’ve heard a lot of news about the government intervening and attempting to pull raw dairy products off the shelves for “health” reasons. My, my, my…another heap of propaganda. Once again, the FDA tries to ban medicinal foods by claiming they are trying to protect our health. Basically, they are trying to scare us into buying, eating, and drinking only processed foods from major factories because it benefits them financially and gives them more power. They say you can get sick from drinking unpasteurized milk, when really, statistics show there are equal food born illness cases in terms of pasteurized vs. raw. People have been drinking raw milk since they figured out how to milk a cow, so why should we be so afraid?
Well, we're not so sure about this. We DO agree that the FDA isn't perfect… but, raw milk is legal in 27 states — just interstate commerce of it is not. For two, it's not just the FDA here that thinks raw milk isn't very safe — it's also the CDC and whole most other medical societies.
Plus, keep in mind that it's nearly impossible to collect raw milk without it being contaminated with fecal matter. Cows are dirty, barns are dirty, and the only way to sanitize that process is to do it at the end to the milk itself. That's why we pasteurize.
Let’s get to the facts, here. Raw dairy is AWESOME. Besides tasting exactly like milk, butter, and cheese should taste, it’s the natural way to ingest it. Let’s use our common sense here and do a little brainstorming.
1. Raw dairy from pasture grazing, happy cows, that isn’t homogenized, pasteurized, or hoodini-zized tastes awesome. I know it isn’t readily available in a lot of places, but I live in Los Angeles in a hipster village, so you’re damn right there’s a health food store 2 blocks away from my house that carries not only cow milk, but also raw goat milk!
2. Let me give you some definitions of words you see all the time but don’t know their meaning:
Homogenization- they force the milk with high pressure through small holes in order to make a “homogeneous” mixture. AKA a smooth, white, appealing beverage that prevents the natural separation of the curds and whey.
Pasteurization- the heating of milk to a high temperature to kill microbes and prolong shelf life. Most milk in stores is ultra-pasteurized, which is the worst kind.
3. Now that you know what these mean, you can understand that raw milk is neither homogenized or pasteurized. When pasteurization occurs, it strips the milk of all of the good bacteria your gut needs in order to break down milk. This is why most people are lactose intolerant and cannot tolerate drinking straight milk.
If you can find a good, clean, reputable source of raw milk, I encourage you to do so. If you are “lactose intolerant”, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that MOST people can drink raw milk just fine without any tummy issues. I personally buy raw milk, raw butter, and raw cheese, and I love it!
Unfortunately, a lot of this isn't very factual… beyond the definitions of what homogenization and pasteurization are, that is. There have been countless studies that have found only minor nutritional differences (minor means insignificant in the face of contamination). To boot, raw and pasteurized milk are equally allergenic because they contain the same proteins, both contain the same amount of lactose — which means that if you're lactose intolerant (which is natural and not CAUSED by pasteurization) you can't completely handle either raw OR pasteurized (even with raw's lactase, which only partially helps. It DOES work enough for some, however.)
If you're worried about growth hormones and all that stuff, don't forget that there's a third kind of milk — pasteurized organic.
Just don't forget that this happened:
From 1998 to May 2005, the CDC identified 45 outbreaks of foodborne illness that implicated unpasteurized milk, or cheese made from unpasteurized milk. These outbreaks accounted for 1,007 illnesses, 104 hospitalizations and two deaths.
The CDC also confirms that raw milk is to blame for almost all of the dairy-related disease outbreaks.
In the end, then, the extra risk for taste might not be worth it for some people. Pasteurized milk IS technically safer, but it's up to you guys to choose!
That doesn't mean we don't still love you and your blog, though, Lisa!!
[Image via RaddestMom.]