Is it safe to drink milk straight from a cow?
If drinking a warm glass of milk straight from the cow appeals to you, you're not alone. You certainly can drink milk straight from the cow, but you might put yourself at risk for several diseases caused by bacteria normally killed by pasteurization, a process raw-milk advocates say diminishes nutritional content.
This raw, unpasteurized milk can carry dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria, which are responsible for causing numerous foodborne illnesses. These harmful bacteria can seriously affect the health of anyone who drinks raw milk, or eats foods made from raw milk.
- States may adopt their own laws on raw milk sales. However, at the federal level, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans the interstate sale or distribution of raw milk. All milk sold across state lines must be pasteurized and meet the standards of the US Pasteurized Milk Ordinance.
- How do I pasteurize milk at home?
- Clean and Sterilize. Wash your hands and work area.
- Heat the Milk. Pour water into the bottom part of the double boiler until it's half full.
- Keep the Milk at the Right Temperature.
- Cool the Milk.
- Pasteurizing milk is a simple concept: the recommendation is to heat milk to 161 degrees for 15 seconds (please note that this is far gentler than grocery store pasteurized milk, which is heated to nearly 300 degrees!) or to 145 degrees for 30 minutes.
1. You have nausea and/or diarrhea after consuming dairy. If you are lactose intolerant, symptoms of nausea, diarrhea and stomach pain will appear shortly after you consume dairy products. Check the label on foods you eat and see if you feel ill after eating them.
- People who are lactose intolerant have problems such as nausea, stomach cramps, gas, bloating, and diarrhea after they eat or drink milk or foods that contain lactose. This occurs because the undigested lactose ends up in the large intestine where bacteria begin to digest it.
- Since caffeine increases the production of stomach acid, caffeine can cause acid reflux or worsen ulcer symptoms. Research has been done showing that some chemicals in coffee can cause the stomach to produce more hydrochloric acid which can lead to symptoms of stomach pain, acid reflux and nausea.
- The main reason why many people bloat up after eating dairy is lactose intolerance, she says. “As a result, lactose, the sugar in milk, travels intact throughout your digestive system, pulling water into your gut, causing gas, bloating, and lots of discomfort,” she says.
Raw milk can carry harmful bacteria and other germs that can make you very sick or kill you. While it is possible to get foodborne illnesses from many different foods, raw milk is one of the riskiest of all.
- Raw milk and raw milk products, including soft cheese, ice cream, and yogurt, can be contaminated with harmful bacteria and other germs that can cause serious illness, hospitalization, or death. These harmful germs include Brucella, Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella.
- However, at the federal level, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans the interstate sale or distribution of raw milk. All milk sold across state lines must be pasteurized and meet the standards of the US Pasteurized Milk Ordinance. Drinking or otherwise consuming raw milk is legal in all 50 states.
- Raw milk is healthier: Pasteurized milk is accused of causing everything from allergies to heart disease to cancer, but back in the day, these diseases were rare. Raw milk does not make you sick: That is, if it is properly collected from cows fed good, clean grass.
Updated: 12th November 2019