Any Difference Between Organic, Pasteurized Milk?

Despite a downward slide in overall milk consumption, organic milk sales -- albeit small at 3 percent in the United States -- are growing at a 23 percent annual clip, because people appear to be more aware about all the hormones, pesticides and antibiotics they may be exposed to merely by drinking pasteurized milk.

Horizon Organic controls the organic market, with a 55 percent share and $16 million in organic milk sales each month. Interestingly, both Horizon Organic and Stonyfield Farm are owned by some of the largest dairy producers in the world (Dean Foods and Groupe Danone). In fact, the only thing holding back the organic milk market, one executive says, is keeping it on grocery stores shelves.

Does that make organic milk any safer than pasteurized milk? Organic milk may be free from hormones and the like, but it doesn't guarantee the cows producing it are grass-fed at all. And, organic milk is still pasteurized, a destructive process that changes the physical structure of the fragile proteins in the milk and converts them into substances harmful to your body, while eliminating any good bacteria normally present.

Your best source for milk is to find a local farmer who sells raw milk near you. I have seen so many patients improve their health after switching to raw milk, I believe it is one of the healthiest foods you can consume.

If you have no luck finding a raw milk source near you, you'll probably locate one by visiting the Real Milk Web site.

New York Times November 9, 2005 Registration Required

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