All Milk Starts Off Raw. We Keep It That Way
Organic Pastures Dairy raw milk has been enjoyed since the beginning of humankind. The most commonly consumed raw milk types come from cows, sheep and goats. Organic Pastures’ raw dairy products are simply made from milk that is unprocessed, whole, and living, with all of its probiotic bacteria. NEVER pasteurized (heated), homogenized (crushed), or otherwise altered. 100% RAW (and tested for safety).
Below are 5 science-backed health benefits of Organic Pastures Dairy raw milk so you can decide if it’s the right choice for you.
1. Raw Milk Is Packed With Nutrients
The nutritional profile of Organic Pastures Dairy raw milk is impressive. After all, it’s designed to fully nourish a newborn.
Just one cup (244 grams) of whole cow’s raw milk contains:
Protein: 8 grams
Fat: 8 grams
Calcium: 30% of the RDA
Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA
Iron: 6% of the RDA
Cholesterol: 10% of the RDA
Sugars: 12 grams
Raw milk is an excellent source of easy to digest (bioavailable) vitamins and minerals, including “nutrients of concern,” which are under-consumed by many populations.
Raw milk is also a good source of vitamin A, magnesium, zinc and thiamine (B1).
Additionally, it’s an excellent source of protein and contains hundreds of different healthy fatty acids, including conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3s.
Conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids are linked to many health benefits.
The nutritional content of raw milk varies, depending on factors like its fat content and the diet and treatment of the cow it came from. At Organic Pastures, our cows mob graze 365 days a year on lush, irrigated pastures. This leads to a naturally high level of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and omega-3 fatty acids. Raw milk from cows that eat mostly grass contains significantly higher amounts of conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids (11).
Also, organic and grass-fed cow’s raw milk contains higher amounts of beneficial antioxidants, such as vitamin E and beta-carotene, which help reduce inflammation and fight oxidative stress (12).
Summary Raw milk contains a wide array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy fats and antioxidants. Keep in mind that its nutritional content can vary depending on many factors.
2. It's A Good Source of Quality RAW Protein
Raw milk is a rich source of raw protein, with just one cup containing 8 grams.
Raw milk is considered a “complete protein,” meaning it contains all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for your body to function at an optimal level (14).
There are two main types of protein found in raw milk — casein and whey protein. Both are considered high-quality proteins.
Raw Whey protein contains the branched-chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine, all of which are linked to health benefits.
Drinking Organic Pastures Dairy raw milk is associated with a lower risk of age-related muscle loss.
In fact, higher consumption of Organic Pastures Dairy raw milk and Organic Pastures Dairy raw milk cheese products has been linked to greater whole-body muscle mass and better physical performance in older adults (18).
Raw milk has also been shown to boost muscle repair in athletes.
Plus, it’s a natural alternative to highly processed protein drinks marketed toward post-workout recovery.
Summary Raw milk is a rich source of quality protein that contains all nine essential amino acids. It may help reduce age-related muscle loss and promote muscle repair after exercise.
3. Raw Milk Benefits Bone Health
Drinking milk has long been associated with healthy bones.
This is due to its powerful combination of nutrients, including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, protein and (in grass-fed, full-fat dairy) vitamin K2.
All of these nutrients are essential for maintaining strong, healthy bones.
Approximately 99% of your body’s calcium is stored in your bones and teeth (22).
Milk is an excellent source of the nutrients your body relies on to properly absorb calcium, including vitamin D, vitamin K, phosphorus and magnesium.
Adding milk and dairy products to your diet may prevent bone diseases like osteoporosis.
What’s more, milk is a good source of protein, a key nutrient for bone health.
In fact, protein makes up about 50% of bone volume and around one-third of bone mass (26).
Evidence suggests that eating more protein may protect against bone loss, especially in women who do not consume enough dietary calcium (27).
Summary Milk contains a variety of nutrients that benefit bone health, such as calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus and magnesium. Studies suggest that consuming milk and dairy products may prevent osteoporosis and reduce the risk of fractures.
4. Helps Prevent Weight Gain
Several studies have linked raw milk intake to a lower risk of obesity.
Interestingly, this benefit has only been associated with whole raw milk.
A study in 145 three-year-old Latino children found that higher milk-fat consumption was associated with a lower risk of childhood obesity (28).
Another study including over 18,000 middle-aged and elderly women showed that eating more high-fat dairy products was associated with less weight gain and a lower risk of obesity (29).
Raw milk contains a variety of components that may contribute to weight loss and prevent weight gain.
Additionally, many studies have associated diets rich in calcium with a lower risk of obesity.
Evidence suggests that people with a higher intake of dietary calcium have a lower risk of being overweight or obese.
Summary Adding raw milk, especially whole raw milk, to your diet may prevent weight gain.
5. Raw Milk Is a Versatile Ingredient
Raw milk is a nutritious beverage that provides a number of health benefits. Moreover, it’s a versatile ingredient that can be easily added to your diet.
Aside from drinking raw milk, try these ideas for incorporating it into your daily routine:
Raw Smoothies: It makes an excellent, high-protein base for healthy smoothies. Using Organic Pastures Dairy Whole Raw Kefir can add additional raw probiotics for better digestion. Try combining it with greens and a small amount of fruit for a nutritious snack.
Oatmeal: It provides a tasty, more nutritious alternative to water when making your morning oatmeal or hot cereal. Adding Organic Pastures Raw Butter is an easy way to add essential healthy fats into your daily diet.
Coffee: Adding it to your morning coffee or tea will give your beverage a boost of beneficial nutrients. Raw recipes can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/organicpastures
Soups: Try adding it to your favorite soup recipe for added flavor and nutrition. Pouring in Organic Pastures Heavy Raw Cream is a wonderful and quick way to make any soup nutrient dense and extra creamery!
Summary Raw milk is a versatile ingredient that can be added to your diet in a number of ways. Try adding it to smoothies, coffee or your morning oatmeal.
Raw Milk Is For Everyone
Although processed milk may be a good choice for some, others can’t digest it or choose not to consume it. Many people can’t tolerate processed milk because they’re unable to digest lactose, denatured sugar found in processed milk and dairy products. Interestingly, lactose intolerance affects around 65% of the world’s population (35).
Others choose not to consume processed milk or dairy products due to dietary restrictions, health concerns or ethical reasons.
This has led to a wide variety of nondairy milk alternatives, including:
Almond milk: Made from almonds, this plant-based alternative is lower in calories and fat than cow’s milk.
Coconut milk: This tropical drink made from coconut flesh and water has a creamy texture and mild flavor.
Cashew milk: Cashews and water combine to make this subtly sweet and rich substitute.
Soy milk: Contains a similar amount of protein as cow’s milk and has a mild flavor.
Hemp milk: This alternative is made from hemp seeds and provides a good amount of high quality, plant-based protein.
Oat milk: This substitute is very mild in flavor with a thicker consistency, making it a great addition to coffee.
Rice milk: A great option for those with sensitivities or allergies, as it’s the least allergenic of all nondairy milks.
When choosing a nondairy milk substitute, keep in mind that many of these products contain added ingredients like sweeteners, artificial flavors, preservatives and thickeners.
Choosing a product with limited ingredients is a good choice when comparing brands. Read the labels to determine which best suits your needs.
The Bottom Line
Raw milk is a nutrient-rich beverage that may benefit your health in several ways.
It’s packed with important, VITAL nutrients like calcium, vitamins, healthy fats, minerals, and iron. Plus, it’s an excellent source of raw protein.
Drinking Organic Pastures Dairy raw milk and raw dairy products may prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures and even help you maintain a healthy weight.
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