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DAIRY – “Got Good Milk?”

Good Dairy Food

 

There are 3 main considerations when it comes to buying milk or dairy products made from milk – for the most healthful nutrients, milk should ideally be:

 

 

 

(1) Raw (unpasteurized)

i.e. Not Processed

(2) Organic

(3) From Grass (or hay) - fed cows/goats/sheep

i.e. Not GRAIN-fed animals

For Example:

Raw milk

Cultured milk

Cultured buttermilk

Whole milk yogurt

Cottage cheese

Kefir

Butter - from organic grass-fed animals

Raw Cream – from milk of organic grass-fed animals

Raw cheeses (many imported cheeses)

Ghee

The Best Choice is Whole, RAW Milk (or its products) from animals eating ORGANICALLY-grown GRASS, and not given synthetic growth hormones or regular antibiotic treatments to increase milk production

Choose Organic Dairy Products

An organic dairy product means that:

–   The diet of the cows (or other dairy animals) is free of pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified food;

–    The animals are not routinely treated with antibiotics or injected with synthetic hormones - E.g. rBGH to increase milk production

GM Foods – How to avoid Genetically Modified Foods

NON-organic butter is particularly high in pesticides - having up to 20 times as many pesticides as non-organic vegetables. NON-organic milk contains fewer chemicals than butter because it is nowhere near as concentrated. Also, pasteurization usually causes far more problems than its chemical content.

Ghee Keeps Without Refrigeration

AND has less pesticides

Made by gently heating butter to cause the water to boil off and the protein milk solids to settle to the bottom. The cooked and clarified butter fat is then strained from the milk solids.

DIRECTIONS:

(1) Use 1/2-1 pound of unsalted butter

(2) Simmer on low for a minimum of 20 minutes, allowing the water to evaporate and the fat to separate.

(3) Allow unsalted butter to cool for 5-30 minutes.

(4) Strain mixture through cheese cloth, or a mesh screen.

(5) Place strained butter (ghee) in a glass jar.

Choose dairy products from rBGH-free cows - rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone, also called rBST (Recombinant SOMATOtropin), sold as Posilac® by Monsanto) is a synthetic, genetically modifed version of natural BGH / BST (a growth hormone, primarily released by a cow's pituitary gland; BGH regulates somatic growth and influences a cow's milk production). rBGH is injected into dairy cows to artificially force a >10% increase in milk production.

–   rBGH causes health problems/pain in cows - The E.U. Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare stated that rBST used in dairy cows produces reproductive disorders and substantially increases foot problems, mastitis and injection site reactions, painful and debilitating to the cows.

–   rBGH is significantly correlated with increased cancer risk - rBGH milk contains higher levels of pus, bacteria, and antibiotics, and substantially higher amounts of a potent cancer tumor promoter, called IGF-1.

The sale of Posilac® (rBGH) is illegal in virtually every developed country, except the U.S.!

Choose Dairy Products from Grass-fed cows

Grass fed cows produce milk that is nutritionally superior to grain-fed cows:

–   Contains an impressive amino acid and immuno-supportive nutrient profile;

–   Rich in healthy fats lipolic acid and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)

 

Brands of Organic Milk from mainly grass-fed cows - include Natural by Nature® and Organic Valley®. In contrast, the following brands are NOT grass-fed: Horizon® and Aurora® (currently sold at Costco, Target, Safeway and under Walmart's private label Great Value®).

 

Choose raw milk if you can find it

Locate a raw milk source near you at Campaign for Real Milk.

 

Other tid-bits of “moo-velous” milk-related information

Creamiest Milk - Guernsey and Jersey cow milk is the creamiest.

Add Sulfurated protein (E.g. cottage cheese, ricotta, yogurt) to fresh flax seed oil - Sulfurated protein mixed with flax oil makes the oil water-soluble and enhances utilization of its Omega-3 fat content.

–   Choose Full or Low-fat (not no-fat) Cottage Cheese, Ricotta Cheese or Yogurt (Plain,without added sugar, with active cultures)

Dried Milk – “A recipe for heart disease”– since it contains artery-damaging oxidized (i.e. damaged) cholesterol. It is an ingredient in many products, such as low-fat cheese, cake mixes, cocoa mixes, candy bars, some baked goods.

Dried milk is usually added to low fat, 1% and 2% milk to improve flavor

Cream – raw is preferred, otherwise pasteurized (e.g. Butterworks®). Add cream liberally to soups, drinks, desserts to enhance body's utilization of water-soluble vitamins;

Hard Cheese – Best is naturally fermented, raw milk cheeses (Still made in France, England, Switzerland and Greece from whole milk from pasture-fed cows. Look for words "milk" or "fresh milk" rather than "pasteurized milk" on the label.

Freezing Milk – does not affect its nutritional value short-term, but does affect its consistency.

Use milk within 2 days once opened - Once opened, bacteria accumulate quickly in plastic bottles, so drink the entire bottle within a day or two.

 

The homogenization process - to prevent the milk-fat (cream) from separating and floating to the top, milk is forced through tiny holes under extreme pressure. This breaks up and disperses the milk-fat throughout the milk. The debate continues as to whether these smaller globules promote heart disease, with no solid evidence on either side. This writer was raised on pasteurized milk, and considers that homogenized milk has a more artificial taste.

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