If you don’t enjoy drinking milk or are a vegan, then there is no reason to add raw milk to your diet. However, if you enjoy drinking cow’s milk and want to turn your indulgence into a healthy diet staple, then switching to raw milk is one way to do it. The fact that the FDA does not approve of drinking milk raw and the fact that it is even illegal to sell in some states makes it sound very hazardous to your health, but is it?
The truth is that if commercial dairy farmers that feed their cows unhealthy diets laced with antibiotics and hormones suddenly began selling their milk raw, it would be unhealthy to drink. However, organic raw milk from grass-fed cows kept in a healthy environment and not fed any hormones or other chemicals can be very healthy for you. There can be health risks to drinking raw milk if you don’t follow the three following raw milk safety rules.
How To Drink Raw Milk Without Getting Sick
1. Know your source.
Healthy raw milk comes from healthy, grass-fed, happy cows not treated with antibiotics and hormones. The easiest way to find a good, local source of raw milk is to ask someone you know who drinks it where they get theirs. If you don’t have a friend who drinks it, reach out to the online raw community and see if you can find a referral. Still no luck? Ask a local farmer who is selling the milk if you can take a quick tour of their dairy farm. Ask to see the dairy cows and check out their appearance and how they are kept.
2. Drink only very fresh raw milk.
. You want to first ensure that any milk you are purchasing was obtained from the cow the day you purchase it or at the very oldest, the day before. Not more than 3 days should pass between the time the cow is milked and the time you drink your milk. And, of course, store it in your refrigerator (in a covered glass container) on the coolest setting that doesn’t result in freezing.
3. Use your senses and good judgment when consuming it, always.
Got a fresh batch of milk and notice it tastes “funny” and not like the batches you have gotten previously from the same farmer? Toss it. Is your milk only on day two since it was obtained, but tastes or smells different than the first day? Toss it. The human body is amazing and great at giving you signals that something is not healthy for you to eat or drink, so listen to your body’s “danger” signals.
Organic raw milk that comes from grass-fed, healthy, happy cows is a much healthier alternative to store-bought pasteurized milk. When you follow these tips, you can look forward to the milk improving your health and not getting you sick.