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Would You Drink Raw Milk?

While there are many proponents of raw milk, there are even more folks against it. Recently a family vacationing at a working farm ran into complications from drinking raw milk (they're going to be okay, but had contracted a bacterial food poisoning because of it). Raw milk sales are actually prohibited in many countries as well as 25 states and DC.

California is one of the states that allows it and I was able to pick up this jug at Whole Foods. The flavor is much richer and strong, I would even consider it somewhat "grassy" tasting, as if you could tell what the cow had fed on. It's nothing like store-bought milk — especially the lower fat versions. It's wonderfully smooth and, for lack of a better word, milky tasting.

So tell me, would you drink raw milk? Or do the health concerns worry you?

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liv324 liv324 7 years
My dad is an onganic dairy farmer. I have drank raw milk and pasteured. I like raw better. Raw milk has a slight sweet taste to it unlike the milk in the stores. Raw milk is actually better for you too. Pasteurizing destroys good enzymes that helps you absorb calcuim and other nutrians. It can come in whole, low fat and skim.
xoxov14 xoxov14 9 years
Ooo! I actually drink that kind of raw milk that's in the picture above from Claravale Farms! Sitting in my fridge right now! It's delicious!! I've been drinking it for about a year now and haven't experienced any problems..I'm on a 85% raw food diet and this helps me settle my daily cravings. Raw cheddar cheese is great too!!
silirap silirap 9 years
Lets get our facts straight before we start spreading false rumors about raw milk. The original article up above refers to family who vacationed at a farm and got sick from raw milk. Read the original article and you'll see that this isn't accurate. In the original article, the doctor says the milk was the *likely culprit* the original article and now this one are repeating that information as if it's a proven fact. Yes, the original article briefly mentions the possibility that the infection came from something else, but quickly dismisses the idea. Clearly, the author isn't interested in presenting the situation fairly, otherwise the title and tone of the article would have been very different. This makes me seriously question the validity of their claims. Did the farmer's family get sick? Did the vacationing family report the farm to the Department of Health? I'm guessing the answers to both these questions are "no" -- doesn't seem like something that the author would have left out, considering she is so intent on giving raw milk a bad name. Accusing a professional establishment of serving tainted food is serious and if they really believed this to be the case, they should have contacted the authorities and followed up properly. But they didn't. They just chose to spout their assumptions on their blog -- without any evidence. That's not fair to the farmers who are working hard to provide wholesome, healthful food. I just did a quick search on "Campylobacter" -- the bacteria responsible for the illness. In the online Merck Manual Home Edition. It says: "Campylobacter normally inhabits the digestive tract of many domestic animals and fowl. Water may become contaminated from the feces of infected animals. The most common form of Campylobacter infection is gastroenteritis [...], which may be acquired by drinking contaminated water, eating undercooked poultry or meat, or having contact with infected animals." ( Considering they spent the weekend on a farm -- there's no telling where they picked it up. They might have even caught it from food they ate at home.
keiraz keiraz 9 years
I tried raw fish but milk not yet!
kkane kkane 9 years
I was pretty much raised on 'raw' milk which for us was really just milk from the family cow. My mom used the cream to make butter, and i can remember even having the thick cream on my cereal. Lambsauce, its not banned in Canada- though it is illegal to sell it, officials cant prevent you from consuming it. You could always just go visit someone with a cow, or even buy a share in a cow - and what it produces.
P.S. Often times those same people who are diagnosed as lactose-intolerant, do just fine on raw milk. It's also supposed to greatly reduce heart burn and acid indigestion and reflux.
Well, every few weeks, when I get the chance, I drive an hour to a Certified Dairy Farm to pay $7/ gallon for raw milk. I love the taste, and health benefits of it. In Texas, to legally sell it, you have to be Certified by the state. The farm I go to is an All Natural farm, where the cows graze on grass. They are not grain fed (blown up with corn and fillers that hold no nutritional content), and they are not injected with loads of antibiotics (which causes you to become immune to the antibiotics the doctors give you to cure basic illnesses, such as bronchitis), and not pumped full of hormones (which I strongly believe, and have heard theorized by experts, causes young girls to start menstrating at incredibly young ages). I wish I had one a little closer to home, because I'd prefer to drink the raw milk over the poison Wal-Mart sells anyday. Go to and they will tell you about the benefits of raw milk. I've been told, and have read, that pasturizing milk turns a healthy enzyme into a carcinogen. Back in the frontier days, when our ancestors were settling the country on horse drawn carriages, and everyone milked their own cows, there was not cancer, atleast not to the levels there is today. I believe in natural foods, and a natural diet, and I try to eat as naturally as possible as often as possible. Just because the government tells you something's good for you, doesn't mean it is.
Aclarie Aclarie 9 years
People get sick from a lot of things cause they are not used to trying something they are not familiar with and their body tends to reject it. So I am all for trying raw milk.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'd hope not to get sick and give it a shot.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
I'm not a fan of milk, but I love other dairy products. I would definitely try raw milk in hopes that it's as good as people say.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
whoa. i just noticed that the milk in the picture is from watsonville! Awesome. just down the way from me. I wonder if they give tours of the facilities. . .and free samples :)
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
Sure I'd give it a try. As one of the above commenters said, if it's in the store it should be handled properly right? And about the ban, let people decide for themsleves! Yeesh. Never really liked the taste of milk but for some reason I love nonfat. Hmm. Gonna waddle my butt down to the grocers and see if they have it :) If not then i'll trek out to Whole Foods.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'm not going to risk it. It can't be that much better anyway.
yellowbanana yellowbanana 9 years
Is this available in reduced- or non-fat? I usually drink that. I don't really like the taste of whole milk. Thats what we always had in the house as a kid, and I was lactose-intolerant. When my allergy subsided and I started drinking milk again, I never really liked the taste. I only drink it in coffee or cereal or cooking, and usually reduced or nonfat. Soy is good too but I've found certain brands taste awful. Pacific soy is great.
jennythereader jennythereader 9 years
I'd cook with it, and drink it if it was all I had, but I don't think I'd buy raw milk for the sole purpose of drinking it.
only-so-cute only-so-cute 9 years
Milk just taste gross, it doesn't help that i am lactose-intolerant. so no milk for me.
So-Fab So-Fab 9 years
I don't like the taste or smell of milk at all anyway if anything I only get skim milk cuz it's kind of watery
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
You and me both, shoneyjoe :(
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
I wish I could. I love milk, and I am so jealous of people who can drink it, but I'm pretty highly lactose intolerant. :(
GirlNinja GirlNinja 9 years
I don't understand why they went so far as to ban it. You can get sick from raw meat, but they don't cook all that for us. I'd taste it, at the very least.
brittanybe brittanybe 9 years
Thanks Verily!
kwikwit kwikwit 9 years
Raw milk is the BEST. My grandparents own a dairy farm and every time I"m there I get a jug out of the tank (sometimes its still a little warm from the cows!) and it is the absolute best thing on cereal - very creamy.
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