Contributing Monkie Rory Freedman
Published on June 28, 2010
I get a lot of emails from readers asking various diet and health questions. Some are from people who are already in “the know” and are familiar with healthier ways of eating. Others are from people who eat shit full-time and are inspired to overhaul their diets. Surprisingly, though, it’s the former group of people who seem to be the most confused when it comes to milk.
We can all agree that pasteurized milk sucks and has no place in our diet. (If this is news to you, park your ass in a bookstore and read chapter five of Skinny Bitch.) But for some people, the waters get muddy on the issue of raw milk. Yes, pasteurization destroys beneficial vitamins and enzymes, makes milk harder to digest, and even creates free radicals. Raw milk is clearly a better choice. And if you’re a baby cow, you should insist on drinking your milk raw. But if you’re a human and you’re old enough to read this, you shouldn’t be drinking milk, period.
Mother Nature knew what she was doing. She created all mammals with the ability to nurse their young. And that’s what all mammals do. And when their offspring reaches a certain age, they’re weaned off milk and they eat solid food. Not one goes back for milk after that last serving! Not one. You certainly don’t go kicking down your mom’s door for breast milk, do you? So why in the hell would you think you need the milk of a cow or goat any other animal now, as an adult? Why would you think it’s good for you?
Unfortunately, like every other movement, the holistic health movement has its charlatans, thieves, and misled. And somehow, raw milk became popularized. I wholeheartedly agree that natural is better and that raw, untreated milk has a multitude of benefits that far outweigh pasteurized, homogenized milk. But there is absolutely no reason why adult humans should be consuming any milk—raw, pasteurized, organic, grass-fed—it just doesn’t matter. Human milk is for human babies. Cow milk is for cow babies. Goat milk is for goat babies. Duh.
Don’t believe the hype.