Monday, June 18, 2012

Got good milk?

Proverbs 27:27, " And there will be goats' milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and sustenance for your maidens."

I find it interesting that the Bible mentions goats' milk for your food rather than cows' milk.  The structure of goats' milk is so much more similar to human breast milk than cows' milk. The proteins in goats' milk are much smaller and therefore tolerated easier.   I've heard many people say they don't like the taste of goats' milk.  I have to agree, store bought goats' milk isn't very good.  If you are blessed enough to live near someone who has dairy goats - you should give it another try.  Goats' milk done right tastes like sweet cream! 
That said,  most people don't have access to farm fresh, raw goats' milk.  If you don't have dairy sensitivities cows' milk is fine, but let me share with you some facts so you can see why buying organic milk might be your best option. 

Modern feeding methods that substitute high-protein, soy-based feeds for fresh green grass is one of the problems.  Everything the animal eats comes through in its milk.  it's garbage in - garbage out! 

Breeding methods to produce cows with abnormally large pituitary glands so that they produce three times more milk than the old fashioned scrub cow are common place.   Even if you purchase dairy products labeled that the cows were not feed the rBGH (Bovine growth hormone) you still need to consider that these cows need antibiotics to keep them well. 

Finally, if you are even able to find milk that is labeled hormone and antibiotic free - then you need to consider the handling processes of milk.  Milk is pasteurized so that any harmful bacteria is destroyed, but in the process, it also destroys all valuable enzymes.  The newest procedure is ultra-pasteurization, which literally destroys any and all health benefits of milk!  It is impossible to make cheese with ultra-pasteurized milk because the structure is changed so significantly.  I know that many of you may never make cheese, but the point is - YOU CAN'T.

Organic milk is expensive - twice the cost, in fact. 

I think we ask a lot of bodies and should try to nourish them the best we can.  If you can't afford to make the switch, consider making half your purchase of organic and half regular.  At least you will be cutting your consumption of the not so good choice in half.   :-)

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