Better Body Clinical Nutrition
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 12:11 PM
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This food category is part of the animal kingdom. They are foods made from and by animals and their products, such as milk, butter, cheese, and yogurt. These are, in general, denser, and higher-protein foods, more concentrated body building foods, and higher-fat foods. They are most important in growth years and during pregnancy and lactation, but because of their prevalence in our early years, many people continue to consume an excess of these protein and fatty foods. This may then contribute to the congestive problems and degenerative disease that occur in later years. Let’s bring up the point that milk products are pasteurized and sometime ultra-pasteurized which kills the natural enzymes found in the milk which would help its digestion. And to add to this milk is homogenized to keep the fat of the milk mixed in with the milk. This avoids the fat to gather on top. The homogenizing process alters the molecule of the milk, and the body then cannot separate or break down the fat from the milk and this is what causes problems in our arteries and eventually heart problems. It is best to consume raw and non-homogenized milk which would be how you find it in nature.
The subject of raw milk is very controversial, and many states prohibits its sale for human consumption. There is always the concern of bad bacteria forming in the milk if the milk is not fresh and maintained at cold temperatures. But this is a concern with any type of food. All milk sold in store will be pasteurized but try to avoid the ultra-pasteurized milk. One good option is to find milk that is not homogenized. You can find it in some natural food stores although not always easy to find.
I grew up on raw milk from a farm that was 1 mile from where I lived. My mother would bring a 5-gallon tin to the farm, and have it filled up, so we had milk to the week. She then transferred it to glass containers. With 5 children, we went through the 5 gallons each week.
Go to https://www.realmilk.com/farm-directory/wpbdm-region/texas/ to find local sources of raw milk.