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Posted by on July 2, 2021

Milk is a controversial topic when it comes to health.

Extreme advocates encourage drinking up to 4 liters a day, known as the GOMAD diet, which bodybuilders sometimes use for bulking up (source: inside bodybuilding).

However, others discourage drinking it, claiming it can wreak havoc on the immune system and excessive drinking may cause you to catch diseases through the transfer of bacteria.

Firstly, there are many different types of milk, being raw and organic which is milk in its pure and natural form. Then there is milk which you often buy in the supermarket which is pasteurized and heat treated, and comes with different levels of fat percentage.

Raw milk, despite being rare in this day and age, is very healthy for the human body in moderate amounts. Milk contains various different vitamins and is one of the strongest sources of calcium available to humans.

It also is predominantly water, thus aiding body hydration.

Raw milk can only be sourced from a farm, with supermarkets opting for milk which has a longer shelf life, thus helping to increase their profits.

One downside of raw milk is if a person has been brought up on processed milk and then changes to raw. This can be a transitional stage and thus should be done gradually, to prevent stomach cramps, bloating and other side effects.

When raw milk is tampered with via heat treatment, important digestive enzymes such as lactase are destroyed, which are crucial for helping the body digest milk. This is why so many people have problems with milk today, as it is not in its natural state and thus the body also processes it in an unnatural way.

Pasteurized milk is also deemed to be less healthy compared to organic, due to the health of the cow being superior in the latter.

Cows on battery farms are not eating a healthy diet and are subject to much stress, due to battery farm conditions. Consequently, stress hormones in the cow can rise and transfer into the milk humans drink.

Organic cows are grass fed in healthy living conditions, ensuring that good treatment of the herd will produce healthier milk, with normalized hormones.

Pasteurized milk also is homogenized, meaning that when the fat is mixed in with the milk, vs in its natural form it separates, with the fat floating to the top. This change in the milk’s structure often leads to complications according to Dr. Sten Ekberg (source: youtube).

Interestingly, raw milk is illegal to sell in some states, with the FDA claiming it as ‘unsafe’ (source: FDA)  — yet sugar-filled soda pops remain on the shelves in supermarkets across the US. provided a rebuttal to the FDA’s claims that raw milk is ‘unsafe’ saying its risks are hugely overexaggerated, where the most common problem would be milk produced in an unsanitary way, which even then is only likely to cause a mild stomach upset. They go on to say that serious dangers are possible (but rare), in those who have compromised immune systems, which actually are the result of immunosuppressive drugs.

So, is milk healthy?

If you’re talking about pasteurized milk — the answer is no.

If you’re talking about raw milk — the answer is almost certainly less.

However, people who do have weak immune systems due to taking immunosuppressive drugs should use caution when taking raw milk.


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