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The Differences between Homogenized, Pasteurized and Raw Milk

There are three main styles of milk; homogenized, pasteurized, and raw. What are the differences in the three main types of milk? There are many and to understand these differences you need to know a little about all three.

The Differences between Homogenized, Pasteurized and Raw Milk

When milking a cow, the cream from the milk rises to the top. When the milk is homogenized the cream is mixed in with the milk. During this process all of the fat from the cream is actually mixed right into the milk itself.

Studies have shown that when fat is broken down, an enzyme known as xantine oxidase is released. Because the fat is exposed to the air with the release of these enzymes there is a greater chance of homogenized milk spoiling and doing so at a faster rate. Therefore, when the milk is ingested it can cause damage to arteries and the heart. This makes for a greater risk in heart disease and atherosclerosis. Many believe this makes homogenized milk detrimental to our health.

Pasteurized milk is believed by many to be healthier because the bacterium contained in the milk is destroyed. Although studies have shown that pasteurized milk may contain E. coli, salmonella and listeria, all of which can cause serious illness.

It is also shown that the pasteurization process causes the milk to lose many of itís vitamins and nutrients. Much of the protein and calcium found in milk is also destroyed during pasteurization. All of these are important to maintaining good health. It also has been shown to cause illness such as diabetes, weight gain, ear infections, osteoporosis and asthma. Another drawback is the allergic reactions some have to pasteurized milk.

Raw milk is said to be very healthy, however only one percent of the human race drinks raw milk. The data shows that raw milk is a factor in curing such diseases as rickets, diabetes, tuberculosis, arthritis, allergies, skin conditions and even heart disease. Studies by various health institutes show that raw milk can be dangerous to pregnant women and their unborn babies, even though these same studies show raw milk to be favorable for children.

As long as raw milk is distributed by a reputable farmer who keeps his equipment clean and feeds his cows with fresh green grass it is said to be safe and healthy. Raw milk contains many nutrients necessary for our bodies to fight off illness and disease and to keep our bodies healthy. These nutrients include amino acids, protein, vitamins, minerals and enzymes necessary to our bodies.

Now we know the basic differences between homogenized, pasteurized, and raw milk. Which one is right for you and your family? Only you know that for sure, but with these facts and the many more available with a bit of research, it should be easier to make a well informed decision.

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