For those who aren’t familiar with raw milk, the first reaction when hearing the term would be something like, “What? Milk is already raw!” Well, yes, milk is technically raw but what raw milk actually is, is milk that is bottled directly from the cows’ udders without undergoing pasteurization.
Raw milk advocates claim that raw milk contains many beneficial bacteria and other nutrients that are destroyed during the pasteurization process. While many anti-raw milk pundits will claim that the perceived health benefits of raw milk are overshadowed by the potential dangers of pathogens that may be present, it is good to remember that before the advent of pasteurization, people have been consuming raw milk for centuries. A caveat, though, if you do go for raw milk, consume it immediately.
Raw Milk Trivia
- For dairy farmers, the day begins with milking cows and ends with milking cows.
- June is considered National Dairy Month.
- Farmers measure milk by weight and not by volume, that being said, a gallon of milk weighs 8.59 pounds.
- It takes around 350 squirts to make a gallon of raw milk.
- It is believed that raw milk contains many beneficial bacteria that are destroyed during pasteurization.