Check out this graphic by NaturalNews.com which shows a great & simplified comparison of Raw vs. Pasteurized milk
Back to Basics: The Organic Milk Deception
Organic milk (from a grocery store) may not be what you think it is. It really makes me sad to see people at grocery stores spending double the price of regular, pasteurized milk, because they think they are doing good for themselves by buying “organic” milk. See, the problem is that organic milk brands such as Horizon and Organic Valley ultra-pasteurize their organic milk, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. (NOTE: Organic Valley DOES sell organic milk that is traditionally pasteurized, & not ultra-pasteurized, but I’ve noticed most stores only stock the ultra-pasteurized variety. Look out for that and if it’s ultra-pasteurized, don’t buy it. At least I wouldn’t…what a waste of money.)
"Organic" milk can easily win a consumer over by the USDA Organic stamp alone. But those won over simply by the idea of organic, ultra-pasteurized milk probably don’t completely understand the process of ultra-pasteurization, what it does, and how. Here’s the breakdown:
The cows are hormone, anti-biotic, and steroid free. (This is, obviously, a good thing, and is better than the antibiotic and hormone laced milk we get from conventional store bought milk). However, ultra-pasteurized organic milk is pasteurized even more than the regular, non-organic milk (which doesn’t make any sense to me!). — The milk is heated beyond what it needs to be heated to in order to sell regular, pasteurized milk (hence the name, ULTRA-pasteurized). The organic milk is heated to a temperature of 280 degrees (F), in comparison to regular pasteurization temperature of about 161 degrees (F). The high temp pasteurization kills so much of the natural nutrients & enzymes in the milk itself that the milk you end up drinking is completely dead and nutrition-less. The milk is so dead that the ultra-pasteurized milk sold by these brands does not even need to be refrigerated. They have an extended shelf life, and can remain unrefrigerated for up to 6 months — ever see those little individual cartons of Horizon or Organic Valley milk that are sold on the shelves/in the aisles of grocery stores rather than in the refrigerated section? Yep, that’s why. And the 1/2 gallons and gallons of ultra-pasteurized organic milk that is sold in the refrigerated section is only to appease the minds of consumers, and to have the product be sold where the other milk products are sold — not everyone feels comfortable buying milk that hasn’t been refrigerated…and rightfully so.
Additionally, milk proteins are very fragile, and high heat such as the heat ultra-pasteurized milk is subjected to, damages milk proteins so badly that our bodies can no longer properly digest or recognize that protein. Because our bodies enzymes can only properly digest undamaged milk proteins, the milk proteins end up undigested and often leak into the bloodstream. (Since practically all of us who have had been eating a modern day diet have some form of what is called “leaky gut”. - find out more about how this works in the answer segment here). When the proteins enter the bloodstream, your body creates an immune response since it cannot recognize those proteins. The immune response your body creates turns out as the many symptoms of auto immune disorders, including: allergies, asthma, fatigue, eczema, infections, headaches, etc. The immune response your body creates can possibly, overtime, create dairy allergies and intolerances.
But of course, regular pasteurized, hormone and antibiotic filled, store bought milk from confined cows isn’t healthy either. So what’s the best option?
Raw Milk fresh from a farm! Raw milk is the most nutritious milk you can get (talk about getting your money’s worth…), and It’s really not much more ($) than the ultra-pasteurized organic milk you may have been buying already…really! It may even be around the same price depending on where you live. There are most likely farm co-ops that deliver to your area, or even to your door, so seek one out (no excuses)! If farm fresh raw milk is absolutely not an option (maybe your not as lucky as I am to have local farm co-op’s deliver when the nearest farm is way too far), shop for low pasteurized, organic milk! It DOES exist, but you’ll have to go out of your way to find it. It most likely also has to come directly from a local farm, but check your local Whole Foods. Whole Foods stocks local products, so that may be your best bet if you can’t find it at a farmers market. If I run out of raw milk, I either go without, or buy Natural By Nature organic, grass-fed (grass-fed is also an important factor of any dairy product!…more on this another time), low-pasteurized milk . And it’s local too!
Eat REAL food!
Nina Planck talks about real food vs. industrial food, & the myths we’ve been told (and mostly still believe, unfortunately).
Back to Basics: Farm Fresh Delivery
We got our first ever farm fresh delivery last week! I was super excited to pick it up and even more excited to have everything in front of me.
I like going to Farmer’s Markets but it’s not always the most convenient thing for me — I tend to forget to go to them (at the right place, at the right time, on the right day), and because every Farmer’s Market is different (and depending on the season), they may or may not have what I want.
Farm deliveries make it extremely easy to get farm fresh food — it’s literally delivered from the farm to the city, and you go to pick it up at a specified “drop off” location (some farm delivery services even deliver to your door).
As you can see from the picture above, my order consisted of:
Organic Sprouted Seven Grain Bread - This bread is way healthier/better for us than store bought breads. Sprouting is one of the traditional ways to prepare grains that is important to eliminate anti-nutrients and enzyme inhibitors in our grains. Click here for my blog post on how to properly prepare some of your own grains and why it’s important. Commercial breads are NOT prepared in this traditional way (unless it is stated otherwise). Since I am not into bread-making myself (at least not yet!), I decided it is worth it to pay a little more for bread that is prepared to digest properly and to reduce risks of developing problems over time. Another reason for buying this bread is that it is completely natural, in the sense that it does not contain any rancid oils (vegetable oils such as canola or soy) or any other unnecessary ingredients. Lately I’ve been reading labels and checking ingredients to switch out some things that I want to eliminate from my diet (or atleast consume LESS of, for now — baby steps!) and this bread is definitely a YES on my list!
Eggs- These eggs are from pastured hens and are antibiotic and hormone free! Most grocery store eggs come from factory farms where hens are crammed into small cages indoors, are fed a poor diet, and never get any exercise or fresh air. Because of these poor conditions, the hens are often sick and need antibiotics (and hormones) to keep them healthy. Pastured hens, however, roam on the green grass of a farm and get plenty of exercise and fresh air and sunlight! They also eat a natural diet of what they should be eating: Things like grass and bugs found in nature! Eggs from pastured hens make a much healthier egg (and you can tell by comparing these eggs to your regular, grocery store egg).
Chicken- The same info regarding the eggs goes for the chickens themselves! Poorly raised/treated chickens makes for poor quality (health-wise) meat! This chicken is a Freedom Ranger. These chickens are free range (roam, exercise, and eat on pasture), and are antibiotic and hormone free!
REAL Milk- Yep, Real, RAW milk. I was super excited to finally have raw milk in our lives! Read my post here about raw milk and why it’s WAY better for you than store bought (pasteurized) milk, aka: dead milk. Milk is alive and is traditionally consumed that way. We love this stuff! It tastes much lighter than pasteurized milk, and it is delicious!! Of course, it’s important to make sure that your raw milk is coming from a clean and reputable source. This milk comes from an Amish farm in Paradise, PA. The cows live on pasture and are grass-fed — and that makes for some very nutritious milk filled with lots of probiotics! :)
Grade B Maple Syrup- Grade B is hard to find in most stores (although Whole Foods does have it, it’s more expensive there than buying it from here). Basically, maple syrup is REAL syrup and is great to use as an unrefined sweetener. Grade B is better for you than grade A. Grade B contains all the good stuff — the minerals and nutrients. It literally is the bottom of the barrel, but that’s good in this case! That’s where all of the nutrients settle to!
Yogurt- The 2 containers you see in the picture are all natural, peach and mango yogurt from grass-fed cows!
I order all of my farm fresh food from: Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative.
Although I’m not a CSA member, I am still able to place orders for farm fresh food by being a member of their Buying Club (4 Seasons Harvest)! It’s free to become a member! And some co-ops require you to be a CSA member in order to take full advantage of all that they have to offer, such as meats, dairy, etc. But Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op allows you to buy just what you want (through the buying club), which is the exact service I was searching for! They make deliveries to different areas throughout PA (and many different sites in Philly alone). You get to pick your drop off location and once a week, they deliver to that location. All you have to do is just pick it up (on that day, between specified times). You place your order the week before, and pay in advance. It’s the easiest and most efficient way to get farm food! Especially if you do not live near a farm, or if it’s not convenient to go to a farm). I love it & I highly recommend it!!
This is so disturbing to me. It also reminds me how important it is to buy meat from a local farmer. Ugh. Gross.