Raw milk is health­ier than pas­teurised

Men's Health (Australia) - - Health -

The Ori­gin

It’s dif­fi­cult to pin­point when or where this idea started, but the raw milk move­ment has been gain­ing mo­men­tum glob­ally, and while un­pas­teurised prod­ucts re­main il­le­gal in Aus­tralia, not ev­ery­one sup­ports the ban. Pas­teuri­sa­tion in­volves heat­ing milk to kill harm­ful bac­te­ria, but raw milk pro­po­nents claim the heat also kills im­por­tant nu­tri­ents and that con­sum­ing pas­teurised dairy prod­ucts causes al­ler­gic re­ac­tions and symp­toms of lac­tose in­tol­er­ance.

The Truth

The US FDA says there’s no ev­i­dence that raw milk is any more ben­e­fi­cial than the pas­teurised stuff. In­fec­tion from harm­ful bac­te­ria in raw milk (like sal­monella, E. coli and lis­te­ria) can re­sult in or­gan fail­ure, mis­car­riage, paral­y­sis or death.

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