Aren’t raw or nat­u­ral foods bet­ter than pro­cessed foods?

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Many peo­ple be­lieve that foods with no or min­i­mal pro­cess­ing are bet­ter for their health. Many peo­ple also be­lieve that small, lo­cal farms are bet­ter sources of healthy food. How­ever, some types of pro­cess­ing are needed to pro­tect health. For ex­am­ple, con­sumers process raw meat, poul­try and fish for safety by cooking. Sim­i­larly, when milk is pas­teur­ized, it is heated just long enough to kill dis­ease-caus­ing germs. Most nu­tri­ents re­main af­ter milk is pas­teur­ized.

Does drink­ing raw milk pre­vent or cure any dis­eases, such as asthma, al­ler­gies, heart dis­ease, or can­cer?

No. There are no health benefits from drink­ing raw milk (milk that has not been pas­teur­ized to kill harm­ful germs) that can­not be ob­tained from drink­ing pas­teur­ized milk that is free of dis­ease-caus­ing bac­te­ria. The process of pas­teur­iza­tion of milk has never been found to be the cause of chronic dis­eases, al­ler­gies, or de­vel­op­men­tal or be­havioural prob­lems.

How does pas­teur­iza­tion work in milk?

Pas­teur­iza­tion is the process of heat­ing milk to a high-enough tem­per­a­ture for a long-enough time to kill ill­ness-caus­ing bac­te­ria con­tained in the milk. As most com­monly ap­plied, pas­teur­iza­tion heats milk to a high tem­per­a­ture for a short time, which kills the bac­te­ria that cause ill­ness. It was in­vented in a time when mil­lions of peo­ple be­came sick and died of dis­eases like tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, scar­let fever, ty­phoid fever and other in­fec­tions that were trans­mit­ted through raw milk. Raw milk con­tains bac­te­ria, and some of them can be harm­ful. So, if you’re think­ing about con­sum­ing raw milk be­cause you be­lieve that it is a good source of ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria, you need to know that it isn’t and you may in­stead get sick from the harm­ful bac­te­ria. If you think that cer­tain types of bac­te­ria may be ben­e­fi­cial to your health, con­sider get­ting them from foods that don’t in­volve such a high risk. For ex­am­ple, so-called pro­bi­otic bac­te­ria are some­times added to pas­teur­ized fer­mented foods, such as yo­gurt.

How does milk get con­tam­i­nated?

Milk con­tam­i­na­tion may oc­cur from:

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