To the horror of the CDC and my mother, I drink unhomogenized, unpasteurized, raw milk. And I freaking love it.
The disgust and even vehemence I am met with when I mention the word “raw” alongside milk is amazing. If you were to see the face of the person watching me drink the stuff, you would guess that they were witnessing the murder of kittens.
But I don’t drink it for the reaction I get. I drink it because the taste is overwhelmingly better. I know, I know… there is a lot of “woo woo” out there about the magical properties and nutrients in raw milk and I don’t exactly buy into that.
However, I do believe in the difference in quality between conventionally raised cows, caged and stuffed and grain fed VS. the grass fed, pasture roaming cows that I get my milk and meat from. Specifically, the omega 3 to omega 6 ratio in the fat present in grass fed milk and beef is superior to that of conventional grade stuff. I’m sold right there, and I haven’t even started on conjugated linoleic acid (also known as CLA). I’ll save that for another time.
I do pay a pretty price; about 2.5 times more than conventional store bought milk. But to me it is absolutely worth it. I know the source and I believe in the quality.
My mother recently got wind of the amount of raw milk I drink, which is upwards of 4 glasses a day. 600 fantastic calories. To save me from my ignorance, my mom stressed to me the dangers of raw milk through multiple links to CDC and FDA websites. To summarize those links, “YOU WILL GET SALMONELLA AND YOU WILL DIE”.
But wait just a minute. Using the data, straight from the CDC’s loins, I am roughly 35,000 times more likely to contract food borne illness from other food sources than I am from raw milk.
35,000 times. I’m more likely to burn up in a car accident on my way to buy the raw milk.
But I digress. I guess my point is, I know my source. Redmond Farms tests their milk constantly and their handling practices are of the highest standard. The scare tactics and statistics from the CDC and FDA include ALL sources of raw milk: the backdoor, illegal operations alongside the reputable ones.
To put that in perspective, it’s like lumping Rolex sales made from the briefcase carrying men on the beaches of Mexico in with sales from the legit Rolex store… and then warning everybody about the dangers of buying a Rolex watch from ANY source. You wouldn’t do that.
So don’t give me that look as I drink my milk.