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Is the Demand for Organic Milk Really a Healthy One?

The demand for organic milk is strong, you can easily find it your corner grocery store and even big-box wholesalers like Costco. That said, even conventional medicine agrees there's no inherent health advantage to drinking organic milk, except for the companies that profit from producing it.

This interesting MSNBC column argues the problem may stem from an inability by the USDA to clearly define organic milk. The parameters seem pretty clear to me, however:

  • Bovine growth hormones aren't used to increase milk production.
  • Animals aren't treated with antibiotics.
  • Their food doesn't contain pesticides.
  • Cows must have access to pasture.

Unfortunately, the big problem with organic milk is to the very same one associated with virtually every other kind you'll find in a grocery store: It's pasteurized, a destructive process that changes the physical structure of the fragile proteins in milk (especially casein) and converts them into proteins your body was never designed to handle. Ones that can actually harm you. Additionally, the pasteurization process virtually eliminates the good bacteria normally present in milk and radically reduces the micronutrient and vitamin content of this healthy food.

On the other hand, raw milk is one of the healthiest foods you can consume, as I've seen vast improvements in the health of many patients after making the switch from pasteurized milk. Visiting the Real Milk Web site for a raw milk source close to you.

MSNBC August 25, 2006

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