Top Ten Reasons To Drink Raw Milk

Top 10 Reasons To Drink Raw Milk

For years, I drank 2% milk. Just regular old milk from the supermarket. Then I switched to organic 2% milk. wanted to avoid bovine growth hormones and pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). When I got pregnant, I switched to organic whole milk. I figured I needed the extra fat for my growing baby.

After Baby Kate was born, I wanted to feed her as healthfully as possible. Which is when I found out about raw milk. I did a ton of research on milk, and I became absolutely convinced that the healthiest, most nutritious milk to feed my daughter was real raw milk from grass-fed cows.

Here are my top ten reasons to drink raw milk:

(The slides are from the website. To download the whole Powerpoint by Lee Dexter and Sally Fallon-Morell, click here).

1. Raw milk is vastly more nutritious than pasteurized milk.

Pasteurized Milk is Less Nutritious

2. Raw milk contains enzymes.

“Pasteurization destroys all the enzymes in milk— in fact, the test for successful pasteurization is absence of enzymes. These enzymes help the body assimilate all bodybuilding factors, including calcium. That is why those who drink pasteurized milk may suffer, nevertheless, from osteoporosis.” — Sally Fallon-Morell,

3. Raw milk contains probiotics.

“Bacteria have a reputation for causing disease, so the idea of tossing down a few billion a day for your health might seem — literally and figuratively — hard to swallow. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria. Northern Europeans consume a lot of these beneficial microorganisms, called probiotics (from pro and biota, meaning “for life”), because of their tradition of eating foods fermented with bacteria, such as yogurt. Probiotic-laced beverages are also big business in Japan.” — Harvard Medical School, “Health Benefits of Taking Probiotics”

Because pasteurization destroys probiotics (good bacteria), any harmful bacteria present in the milk after pasteurization can and will flourish. On the other hand, published research shows that good bacteria and many other components in raw milk actually destroy pathogens added to the milk.” – Sally Fallon-Morell, WAPF

4. Raw milk is easier to digest — even for the lactose intolerant.

Lactose Intolerance & Pasteurized Milk

Raw milk can also help those suffering from asthma, eczema and many other ailments.

5. Raw milk is safer than pasteurized milk. It contains “built-in safety systems” that help destroy pathogens:

Raw Milk Has Built-In Safety Systems

While raw milk often gets blamed for food-borne illnesses, the truth is, raw milk is safer than salad:

Raw Milk is Safer Than Salad

6. Raw milk is better for cows.


I always figured “organic milk” was the very best. But I was wrong. Organic milk often comes from cows in factories. Did you know, for example, that Horizon is a factory farm? I didn't. I believed they were “happy cows”.

Unless the cows are raised on pasture, they are not healthy and they are certainly not happy. And if a cow is not healthy, how can her milk be healthy?

Confinement Dairy: Jail for Cows

A cow in confinement lives on average for just 3.5 years. A cow grazing on pasture? Twelve years or more.

7. Clean, nutritious milk comes from healthy cows that eat grass, not sick cows eating grain.

Most cows, even at the “organic” dairies, are fed grain — corn and soy. Cows were never meant to eat grain. They are meant to eat grass, and to graze on pasture. When cows are fed grain, even organic grain, it makes them sick.

From Michael Pollan's The Vegetable-Industrial Complex, October 15, 2006 in the New York Times:

The lethal strain of E. coli known as 0157:H7, responsible for this latest outbreak of food poisoning, was unknown before 1982; it is believed to have evolved in the gut of feedlot cattle. These are animals that stand around in their manure all day long, eating a diet of grain that happens to turn a cow's rumen into an ideal habitat for E. coli 0157:H7. (The bug can't survive long in cattle living on grass.)

From Nina Planck's Leafy Green Sewage, September 21, 2006 in the New York Times:

In 2003, The Journal of Dairy Science noted that up to 80 percent of dairy cattle carry O157. (Fortunately, food safety measures prevent contaminated fecal matter from getting into most of our food most of the time.) Happily, the journal also provided a remedy based on a simple experiment. When cows were switched from a grain diet to hay for only five days, O157 declined 1,000-fold.

What Confinement Cows Eat

8. Raw milk is better for farmers. Raw milk can help turn the economy around in rural America.

Destruction of Rural Life

This is one of my biggest reasons. I don't know about you, but I hate what's become of rural America. A few decades ago, people still raised their own food on small farms. Now our small farms have almost been completely wiped out by corporate America. Now instead of small farms with organic vegetables and cows grazing on pasture, we have Wal-Marts full of processed crap.

The Milk Industry

Buy raw milk from a small farm and you are making a difference, folks!

A Rural Revival

9. Raw milk doesn't go “bad” like pasteurized milk does.

If you leave a gallon of pasteurized milk on the counter overnight, what happens to it? It goes bad! But if you leave a gallon of raw milk out, you can do all kinds of things with it. You can separate the cream. You can make butter, buttermilk, and whey. You can make yogurt. You can make cheese. You can add kefir or filmjolk culture and make all kinds of fermented treats.

I love that I sometimes find a sippy cup of raw milk my daughter left in the car the next day — and I don't have to waste it — I can just kefir it!

10. Raw milk tastes better!

The first time I tasted real raw milk cheese in Paris, I realized there really is a difference in taste. I've always been fond of milk but now I LOVE milk. I'm totally crazy about it.

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I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the world’s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.

 The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

117 thoughts on “Top Ten Reasons To Drink Raw Milk

  1. Thanks for this list! I’m usually rattling off the top of my head the reasons why our family drinks raw milk and now I can just direct people to your site. I find it amusing that we sometimes have to defend our decision to drink raw milk… shouldn’t it be the other way around? 🙂

    I also think it’s amazing to witness the magical bacterias and enzymes at work in raw milk. One time, I had left a half of a bottle of raw milk on the counter that somehow made it’s way into one of our kitchen cabinets (most likely my toddler) and I found it a week after we came home from our trip. With pasteurized milk, I’m sure the smell would have been horrible, but with the raw milk, the whey had beautifully separated from the milk solids and… voila, I had cream cheese and whey!

  2. I just drank a glass from the jug I picked up two weeks ago and it tasted sweet and fresh. I’m fairly new to raw milk and that still boggles my mind.

  3. i too notice that raw milk just tastes sweeter and acutally seems to last longer than regular milk ( after exp. date)
    the owner of my local HFS put it this way: people drank milk for centurys, and that milk was Raw milk, and from responsible farmers.

  4. Rah, rah for raw milk! I now live in Maine, where raw milk is legal. For a long time I lived in California (also legal) but then did a brief stint in Nebraska (not legal). That was a bummer. I’ve always had a milk allergy, and even with raw milk I have a bit of trouble. BUT if I ferment it into kefir or yogurt, it’s perfect. No problems at all. Pasteurized yogurt or kefir? Can’t digest it. Thanks for the post!

    Amy’s last blog post..Signs of Spring

  5. I’m so jealous of you who can legally buy raw milk. In LA, it’s illegal unless you circumvent the system and then it’s SUPER EXPENSIVE and hard to come by.

  6. How old was Kate when you started giving her raw milk? I’m pregnant and researching raw dairy products. Raw milk can only be sold for pet consumption in my state, but I recently came across a farm not too far from my town where I could perhaps try some. All of the evidence makes so much sense, but I have to admit that I am still nervous about the idea of giving raw milk to my child or telling the pediatrician that I do so (I guess I would just not mention it.) I’m going to breastfeed as long as possible, so I don’t think it’s an issue I will have to face right away. But I want to feed the baby as healthfully as possible and your homemade formula seems so much better than the store bought stuff.

    1. I would not say anything to your pediatrician. A baby was took from it’s mother for giving it goat milk. While the child has been returned, it is still putting this mother through h*ll !

  7. So ridiculous! In NE we almost resorted to tracking down a farmer we had heard of who sold raw milk on the “black market.” Who knew you had to be James Bond to find raw milk!? The strangest thing was that raw cheese was available everywhere… Yes, Mainers are very emphatic about their raw milk! 🙂

    Amy’s last blog post..Signs of Spring

  8. I love raw milk! I mean, ive only been drinking it for about 3 months now, but i love the taste, i love that i can MAKE other things out of it/i.e. it never goes bad, and i love that it offers so many health benefits and nutrients and that it comes from happy, well-treated, grass-fed cows.

    I do not like how hard it is to find raw milk and how ignorant the government likes to keep people about raw milk (i just LOVE watching local tv new stories and snippets in the newspaper about how DANGEROUS raw milk is, blah *sarcasm*.)

    But yea, i love me some raw milk…raw milk does a body REAL good! 🙂

  9. I live in Nebraska, have my whole life, I couldn’t live without my raw milk, and your all wrong it is totally legal in Nebraska, Thank goodness!!

    1. Dana where can I get raw milk in western Nebraska? I live 20 miles into wyoming and am trying to find a supplier like crazy!

      1. I’m looking too!! All I’ve found are 3 (or more) hours away. Can’t convince hubby of that! And with 4 little ones in tow plus another on the way, its just not practical for us to drive that far. There has to be SOMEONE around this area!

        1. Tabitha if you can’t find anything closer buy extra raw milk and freeze it. Then you don’t need to make as many trips, if you can also find a good local dairy that sells pastured low pasteurized milk for any thing that you would be cooking the milk anyway then you can make the raw milk stretch. You might also look for herdshares or closer folks with goats. We milk goats and this month we are pulling off our frozen milk as three does are done milking and two that were supposed to be pregnant were not. Our girls don’t have strong milk so we use it just like cow milk.

  10. We love our raw milk–it tastes so much better. Pasteurized milk just tastes rancid and cooked. When we were out of town, my son (then 2.5) was begging for milk and I didn’t have access to raw milk while on vacation so I bought the next best thing in a pinch: vat-pasteurized, unhomogenized whole milk from grass-fed cows. He literally started crying when he tasted it, then lonesomely said, “This just isn’t real milk. I want the real milk that Sweet Clover (one of the dairy’s cows) makes.”

    Jenny’s last blog post..Chicken Nuggets – The Real Food Way

    1. That’s to cute! My Daughter is the same way (she’s 3)! Only we do our own Dairy Goat milk! when they go out of season for a few months she gets so sad! She’ll ask me if its “doat milt or cow milt?” because to her.. cow means it come from the store. We’ve also had fresh cow milk!! and We LOVE our Raw milk!!! SOOO much better and SUCH a difference!

      1. We froze four gallons of goat milk over the summer months in mason jars so we could have raw milk while we weren’t milking. I will be purchasing a little bit of pastured raw or low pasteurized cow milk to supplement, when cooking or drinking if needed. Part of it might also be we don’t over feed grain to get more milk, I would rather have nutrient dense more healthy milk, we also let the babies have the milk during the day, I want my girls to be very healthy If I am going to milk them in the future, and I didn’t know if i wanted to milk twice a day all the time. My Daughter didn’t realize the importance of still giving them the small supplemental feed to keep them in milk, but I was so excited that she wanted to learn how to milk so we can trade off, and that is well worth having to buy a little milk.

  11. So,I’m spending nearly 6 bucks a gallon for cooped up cows milk. That makes me grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Thank’s for the info. I”m getting so unconvinced about even “organic food” these days as the government continues to lower the standards to make a buck:( Thanks for the raw milk link- Our only barrier is where to get it when you live in the middle of nowheres. Maybe we’ll get a nice goat for some goat’s milk- that’s what I was raised on…

    Vehement Flame’s last blog post..Black Bean Enchiladas Verde

  12. Melissa,
    Breastfeeding is obviously the best form of nutrition for your newborn but if, by chance, you can’t breastfeed, my advice would be to give her the raw milk formula. I could only breastfeed until 9 1/2 months and at that point I was only getting about 6 oz a day. Anne Marie’s blog, along with the Weston A. Price website, really gave me the confidence that the formula was the best form of nutrition (next to breastfeeding) for my daughter. My daughter thrives on the formula. It has so many nutritious ingredients in it, along with the raw milk and so many other families are doing the same. It would be worth your time to at least try it, if it comes down to that. I actually compared pricing of making homemade formula to buying a can of “organic” powdered formula and the homemade was much cheaper. Lastly, the store bought formulas can be laden with soy. Soy is linked to high estrogen levels and can cause early sexual development in children, but mostly, soy is not a food that should be consumed. Maybe Anne Marie has posted on this. Best of luck to you!
    Raw milk is delicious!!

  13. Thanks AM
    Just a sidenote for your European readers.

    Organic cows CANT be confinement cows !
    That is illegal by EU law.
    Organic cows needs to be on pasture AT LEAST from April – to October.

    When I was pregnant I had acces to raw milk the last 3 months- but sadly that is not possible now.
    So I go for the second best ; organic milk( mainly from Jersey cows)
    – low pasteurised- non homogenised -no additives added.

    Henriette’s last blog post..Low carb/high fat – når pengene er få

  14. Ann Marie! It looks like you stole my talking points:
    See what’s going on out here in Ohio with the WAPF org.

    Also, see out Journal: raw milk pet food is to be treated as a toxic waste:

    Augie’s last blog post..Classic Text: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

  15. We like our raw milk so much, we got a cow. Now we have two.

    Raw milk from small farmers costs more because the farmer controls the price, not the big milk co-ops. And these small farmers get no subsidies. You’re paying the REAL price, not the price lowered by your tax dollars. It is hard work managing, maintaining, and developing good pasture.

    Raw milk cheeses are legal in all of the U.S. as long as they are aged 60 days. Everyone, including the USDA, recognizes that any and ALL pathogens are destroyed by the good bacteria after that period of time. Raw milk cheese is a good alternative if you can’t find raw milk. You can mail order it if you must.

    1. I’m not sure if you’re getting raw milk cheese directly from the farmer or are buying brand name organic ‘raw milk’ cheese from the health food store like from Organic Valley. I read an interesting article that these cheese manufacturers can put ‘raw’ on their label if they heat the milk to JUST under the temperature of actual pasteurization. If they’re heating it they’re killing the nutrients / enzymes, etc. Not really what people are looking for, eh? All I’m saying is know where you’re getting it from. If it’s a local dairy that sell raw milk & makes raw milk cheese then, yes, I would believe them. If it’s in the health food store as a brand name I’d do more research. Just tried goat milk – it’s okay drinking it, but really does leave a goaty aftertaste and DO NOT put it in coffee ….. really brings the ‘Billy goat’ smell out in full force! Cow milk is much better tasting but from what I’m reading harder to digest than goat.

      1. In response to:
        “Just tried goat milk – it’s okay drinking it, but really does leave a goaty aftertaste and DO NOT put it in coffee ….. really brings the ‘Billy goat’ smell out in full force! Cow milk is much better tasting but …harder to digest than goat.”

        I am guessing you’ve tried the “M-name” goat milk from the store. We’ve been drinking the milk from our own goats for the last 12 years (which we and all our herd share people love), and I finally had the opportunity to taste the storebought stuff for the first time last month. One of the most disgusting things I’ve ever tasted, made me picture kissing a buck in rut. You defenitely owe it to yourself to find some farm-fresh raw goat milk to get the memory of that taste out of your head. There is NO comparison.

        In my experience the only way fresh raw goat milk would ever taste like that is if the buck was running with the girls, the milk wasn’t cooled promptly, or it sat in the frig for WAY too long. Hope you can find some good stuff!

      2. If your goat milk was “goaty” there could be several factors that caused it. Having the buck (male goat) with the does (females) can make the milk taste bad as well as not cooling the milk quickly or not having good sanitation practices in place, and sometimes they may eat something that will make the milk taste “off”. We have a couple of goats and our milk is sweet and much better than cow milk from the store. Also, different breed’s milk can taste different. Our does are Nubian and LaMancha crosses. Fantastic milk !

  16. I am interested in raw milk. it’s only legal here for pet consumption and i have seen a farm actually pretty near our home that i might be able to get some. what i would like to know is when i go out there what do i look for at the farm to know that it is a reputable place to get raw milk. thanks for your thoughts.

  17. Jeanie, where do you live? What is the name of the farm? Did you look at the website to see if they are listed there? You might also talk to local WAPF chapter members and see what they think of the farm. I found all my local food sources and local farms through my local Weston A. Price chapter.

    Ann Marie

  18. Thanks so much for this great article – complete with stats. I added it as a link to our web site on the articles page – please be sure to let me know if that was ok…if not, I will promptly remove it.

    We are a small goat dairy in NE Texas (near Texarkana) – where we provide raw milk for those willing to purchase something labeled ‘for pet use only’. We currently have 18 babies in the field and will be milking 10 goats – lots of work but it feels good inside knowing that we are part of a health solution instead of destruction. FYI – goat milk’s cellular structure is smaller thus easier to digest for people. That’s one reason lactose intolerant folks can drink it with no issues.

    We are listed on with Weston A. Price.

    Maud, TX

  19. We love our raw milk also. However, the reality is up here in Canada selling raw milk is illegal. Meaning if we, as dairy farmers, were ever to do so and got caught we could end up loosing your license. Also, reality is that in this part of Canada our pastures are under three feet of snow. Our temperature right now is 22 below Fahrenheit, factor in the wind chill and we would have some unhappy cows. We are looking at these kinds of frigid temperatures from November until possibly March or later.
    I don’t agree with the fact that they are either happy pasture fed cows or sickly feed-lot cows. There can be a happy medium to reach for. During the warmer weather our cows are happy pasture fed cows. During the winter they are happy hay fed mostly barn confined cows. A happy cow is a cow who chews her cud, a sickly, uncontented cow won’t chew her cud. Ours do, year round. We’re not the ideal that WAPF endorses for raw milk but we do our best to be as close as humanly possible in this part of the world. And just to note: I LOVE WAPF and all it stands for!
    There are many farms around here that have free stall barns. Cows that cannot go outside on a pasture during the winter but who are comfortable in barns that have a certain spot to feed and other parts of the barn with bedding to lay. The milking takes place in a parlor at another end of the barn. They are given plenty of room to roam inside the barn. Not the feed-lot type of confinement.
    So all that to say that I agree with everything Sally Fallon and the Foundation is saying about the benefits of raw milk and that sometimes the ideal is something to reach for but isn’t always possible. So we do the best we can given the climate and type of government legislation we have.
    OK, getting off my soapbox.

    1. Hi Diane,

      I too am from Canada and we are dairy farmers. I was just wondering if you ever drank your own milk while pregnant? That is our current dilemma, as we just found out–we love our raw milk, but are worried about the risk for a developing baby. Any thoughts? Thanks.

  20. Thanks, everyone, for all the great comments! I love hearing everyone’s experiences with raw milk. With our continued passion, I just know that in time it will become legal again in every state in the nation (and Canada too) and small family farms will flourish!

  21. Melissa,

    I had trouble with low milk supply. I breastfed until Kate was 9 months old, but I started supplementing with raw milk formula when she was about 6 months old.
    She still gets 3 bottles of raw milk formula every day, plus plain raw milk in sippy cups.

    If you want to learn more, download that powerpoint (link above) — that really convinced me. Also, the book “The Untold Story of Milk” by Dr. Ron Schmid — that book blew me away. Highly, highly recommended!

  22. Great points, Kristin! It’s ridiculous how cheap our food is in America with all the subsidies. I’d rather support small family farms!

    Raw milk cheese is a great alternative if you can’t find raw milk.

  23. Great post, Augie,

    I truly love your blog!

    We are going to start doing here in LA. I think it’s an awesome way to build a chapter. We just have to find a decent place to meet. That is our sticking point. The library is cost prohibitive. We’re trying to find a local cafe… or maybe we can find a church…

  24. Hi, Monica,

    Thanks very much for the link!

    I am a Texan too (well not native). Raised from the age of 7 in San Antonio and Dallas and graduated from UT Austin.

    PS: Maude was my dog’s name — she passed last year. My best friend in the world!

  25. Awesome post! I usually find myself saying something totally simple like “Did you pasteurize your breast milk before giving it to your newborn? Why not?” or something like that lol! Seems so obvious when ya put it THAT way. 😉

    Totally agree about the taste. It’s like melted ice cream~!

    Carrie at NaturalMomsTalkRadio’s last blog post..Create Your Own Tribe

  26. Hi Ann Marie,
    I am in Alabama and the farm is listed with raw I am going to also e-mail the nearest chapter and ask them for their sources too. Thanks so much and i love reading your blog.

  27. I think Diane makes an excellent point about the WAPF ideal of an all grass fed cow. The reality is that most modern dairy breeds can’t get by without some amount of grain or they just can’t survive. They’ve been bred to require concentrates. And grass feeding year round in most of the U.S. is not possible due to temperatures. That does not mean that milk from cows fed on hay or silage and some grain aren’t producing good quality, healthy milk.

    The is particularly true with the Jersey cow. And many of the older, dual purpose breeds don’t really give enough to provide much extra for sale. Rest assured, there are many small farmers and homesteader, however, that are working to breed dairy cattle to produce with little or no grain.

  28. When my son was born my husband and I lived on a small dairy farm in Switzerland. Every couple days or so I would go down to the barn and buy a bucket of milk from our landlord (the farmer) or if I was up late after the chores were done and the milk taken to the co-op I’d drive to the coop and buy it there. I am really glad to have found a source for raw milk in San Fernando, I’m planning on trying to make a raw milk cheese similar to a Swiss cheese (Tomme Vaudois) that can’t be had in this country because it’s typically made with raw milk. And yogurt, fromage blanc, dulce de leche….

  29. Hey Everyone!

    Great Website,
    Yea so I live in Texas where its illegal to commercially buy raw milk, but I was able to join a milk share program which is a loop-hole and allows me to get it. Yeah its a little pricey but totally worth it. I have Crohn’s Disease and it really does work wonders when I get flare-ups.

    1. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!
      There are dairies in Texas that are licensed to sell raw milk. They are inspected frequently and must meet high standards. I buy frequently from 4E dairy in Komenski and there are a couple of others within an hour’s drive from me. Go to this website to find one near you,

  30. Hey Ann Marie – I live in VA and have access to raw milk cheese but not raw milk at the moment. What about yogurt? I eat organic whole milk yogurt from Whole Foods…is that ok to eat if it has been pastureized? I’m just getting into this whole raw milk/cheese/yogurt thing so I trying to take baby steps. Any thoughts?

    Also, what is this GAPS diet that people are mentioning?

  31. Ann Marie, I love your blog. I have referred many folks over to your info over the past few months! We recently switched to raw milk when I tested it on my 3 yr old son, who is allergic to just about everything on the planet. He didn’t react to it or any of the raw cheeses we tried! What a great testimony for my family! This last week on spring break we went to tour Organic Pastures dairy in Fresno. My blog on it is here.

    Tami’s last blog post..Raw Milk at Organic Pastures

  32. Bay –

    It’s OK to eat some pasteurized dairy but I believe it’s important to try to consume raw milk in some fashion, i.e. in the form of raw milk cheese. Read this post I wrote about how dairy has to be raw in order to build strong bones and teeth:

    The GAPS diet is similar to the SCD or Specific Carbohydrate Diet. It is used for healing leaky gut, allergies, food intolerances, depression and other psychological issues and everything on the Autism Spectrum.

  33. We love raw milk too! Have been buying it here in Utah for 4 years now. The closest farm is 50 miles away, but we’re in a co-op so we only have to drive once every 3 months (you have to buy raw milk straight from the farm here, it’s illegal to sell it out of stores, unless you own at least 50% of the retail outlet, and even then it can’t be sold where pasturized milk is also sold? Very screwed up law. They also outlawed cow shares here when this raw milk legislation went through a couple years ago.) I’m just happy we can get it somehow. I haven’t drank milk for 18 years, but started again with the raw milk recently and I love it! Both my children (ages 7 & 3) love it as well. I would be more scared having my children drink pasturized milk than raw milk after educating myself on the health risks/benifits of both.

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  35. Hi and thanks so much for the great post! I was raised on raw milk, first from my parent’s goats and later raw cow’s milk. I have my own 2 yr old daughter now and just signed up for a goat herd-share program. Yay! I have a question for you – how can I convince my friends that drinking raw milk while pregnant is not going to harm the baby on the way? I just found out I’m expecting and a close friend is giving me grief about the raw milk. Everything in you post is excellent and I will share this with her, but it doesn’t specifically address pregnant women.

    Oh, one other question – I read somewhere that even cheese labeled as “raw” may have been heated to just below the pasteurization temp and still labeled raw. How can we find out for sure?

    1. You should get IMPORTED cheese. If it’s labled “milk” or “fresh milk,” then it’s raw. Do not, however the so-called “raw” organic valley cheese. It’s been heated.

  36. Ann Marie……..I read this posting back you first posted.
    I just want to thank you for it and all the other posting you have on Raw Milk.
    I am going through all postings on here and other sites reviewing.
    My husbands digestive ills are multi faceted – in other words complicated.
    We’ve been changing over to a nutrient dense way of eating for over a year now, make kombucha, etc… The longer we’ve been doing this the more I am convinced what we think is severe lactose intolerance isn’t it but rather a result of his Ulcerative Colitis. UC will create all sorts of troubles. So I think that when he first tried to drink raw last summer it backfired not because he’s intolerant but because he had some very serious health issues at the time.
    So I am now restudying …… I am a raw milk drinker myself. We have a good supply of organic raw goats milk that is even certified by the state of Kansas to sell. I am thinking if I get him started on raw milk now while he is stable and do it slowing even if it means a bout here and there….over time we can see healing take place.
    Thanks again……I am working on a posting on my blog at some point on the benefits of Raw Dairy.

  37. I get raw milk from a locally respected farmer, but I don’t experience it “never going bad” like people have said on here. What might be wrong? After just a week it seems weird tasting, not like the first 5-6 days after I pick it up. I keep it in the fridge, but apparently it should stay fresh regardless. Can anyone help me out?

    1. After about a week (depending on where you live), the milk will start to clabber. It will not taste fresh, but it won’t smell bad. It should smell “cheesey.” You can leave it out on your counter until it separates into curds and whey, then strain it to make cream cheese. Keep the whey as a medium for lacto-fermenting whatever you so choose!

  38. I grew up in Louisiana. We had twenty acres and grew our own vegetables and had a milk cow. I loved that milk! When I was in high school we had to get rid of the cow as she stopped producing milk. We started buying milk. I stopped drinking as much and I beliee that’s when my dental problems started. Now I cna’t buy raw milk in Louisiana. and That stinks!

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  40. Ann Marie, thanks for this wonderful post and all the work you put into it. I agree, the treatment of confinement dairy cows is a big part of the issue for me. I can’t tell who is telling the truth about the bacteria, good and bad, found in raw milk, (though I’m inclined to believe the WAPF over, say the FDA and CDC), but I do know that I don’t want to support the factory farming system, and small, family-owned raw milk dairies are a better solution from that standpoint alone. Thanks!
    .-= Jeanmarie´s last blog ..Farewell to Whole Foods Markets =-.

  41. I love the spin you threw about how raw milk being made illegal contributed to poor rural economies. So true, and a keen observation on your part.

    Good job with this page!

  42. This was such a great post, Ann Marie! I found it linked from Lisa’s blog Thanks for getting such important information to us!

  43. My short stranded-on-an-island-list would be raw goat milk. I would not be lacking nutritionally if that were my only whole, living food. It’s perplexing that people will belly up at False Food Restaurants counters and pile on pounds of toxic food like substances that won’t decompose ever. Yet, they are horrified at drinking a pure natural, wholesome, living food.

    The healing wonders we’ve experienced with man and beast from raw goat milk are just incredible. Let’s vote with our dollars, what a concept? Only supporting ethical, honest businesses that don’t sell toxic, synthetic “foods”….



  44. I have a whole quart of clabbered milk. Does anyone have ideas of what I could do with so much? It has to be something I can put together quickly, as I don’t have a lot of spare time. On weekends I may have time to put together a cake or something, but on weekdays it would have to be limited to really quick ideas.

    Thanks for any comments.

    **I know this thread is kinda old but I figured I’d ask anyway.

  45. Hi there,

    I loved this website!! Just a wealth of information. I buy all organic food, I also think they are lowering the standards. Thanks so much for all the people who take the time to post and pass on information. I am going to find some Raw milk.

  46. Hiya, I don’t think all grain should be withheld from cows – especially in the winter. Joel Salatin made the point that when he let his pasture go to seed (grain) that his cattle loved it, fattened well, and never looked better.

    Grain is grass seed. I’ve seen my chickens feasting on grass seed in the yard. Nothing wrong with that. Mother nature provides fattening seed at the right time of the year.

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  48. I LOVE my raw milk! I went to Central America for 3 months and didn’t have access to raw milk like I normally do, and my body just started doing weird things (digestive problems, was always hungry, felt like I was gaining weight). After I got back to the US & got back on raw milk I feel back to normal! I also love how raw milk can be a meal if you’re in a hurry. Many times for breakfast, if I’m in a hurry, I will make a glass of hot carob milk with honey. YUM!!

  49. I just saw this link on RawMilks facebook page. My husband and I just started our own raw milk micro-dairy with 8 Guernsey cows last year. My husband grew up on a dairy farm his whole life (Holsteins), and he and his dad had to sell out in 1998 due to low milk prices for the dairy farmers and the high cost of feed – we couldn’t make a living at it anymore. He and his 4 siblings grew up on raw milk from infancy and were never sick from it. Back then they didn’t even know all the wonderful benefits from it – it was just unheard of for a dairy farmer to buy his milk at the store. Anyway, we originally bought our first Guernsey cow just to have a family cow to help us become more self sustainable (we still live on the dairy farm). My husband heard from his friend how wonderful Guernsey milk was compared to other dairy breeds, so we decided to get a Guernsey. Then he started doing research on how great raw milk is for you, and decided that maybe we could supplement our income by selling raw milk. We have successfully started our business Old Silvana Creamery, LLC about 40 miles north of Seattle. We sell right off our farm and also some of the local (within an approx 50 mile radius) health/natural foods stores. You can find us on facebook if you’re interested in learning more about us. We love our raw milk!

  50. Drinking raw milk daily has significantly reversed my tooth decay…no need for fillings! I believe it has also been very good for my overall health because I have not gotten sick since I started drinking it over a year ago. I feel great! And it tastes so good 🙂

  51. What a bunch of nonsense. The studies are not real scientific or have been conducted in the past 5 decades using real food science practices. The information in this article is not science based. The wildest claim pasteurization has destroyed rural life is so funny I’m laughing my ass off and falling off my seat.

    Here are the facts: Raw milk is dangerous. It can contain dangerous pathogens that can make you very sick. Pasteurization simply kills any of those potential dangerous pathogens that can be present every day in raw milk.

    Raw milk should not be allowed to be sold to the general public. If you want raw milk, fine, go buy a cow, goat, sheep, yak, camel and milk her yourself. But this endless dribble about the evils of pasteurization is really crazy.

    1. Jackie S., you are completely brain washed by the big corporations and clearly is ignorant about raw milk (and probably ignorant about real food).
      RAW milk is one of nature’s most perfect food. “Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Hippocrates
      My husband and I bought a small local raw dairy farm 2 years ago. I left my stressful law practice last year, and never look back. We have gone beyond organic with our 24 pure Jersey cows and 30 Nubian goats. We are growing at a rate of 10% each month. We spend no money on advertisement, it is all word of mouth and More and more people are searching for real nutritious food for their family. Everyday dozens of people come to our farm and tell us their children are no longer lactose intolerance, rarely get sick, people with digestive illness are getting well, allergies are less severe or are gone, etc..
      I make Kefir, Kombucha, Live yogurt, raw cheeses, butter, buttermilk etc. and even fresh herbal creams, lotions, tooth powder, deodorant, soaps, baby wipes, healing oils/extracts/balm daily at the farm. We rarely buy any food or personal care product from a publicly traded company.
      I cannot eat nor feed my family drug loaded, contaminated and toxic meat from grocery stores, so we raise and sell our own free roaming,100% pasture raise chickens, beef cows, and pigs. Have you ever put your nose up to raw store bought chickens and smell the meat? It stinks of waste and bacteria odor.
      Anyway, my farm is visit our site for good reading.
      Please support your local farmers and help your local economy. Spread the words on real local food… you may help prevent obesity, diabetes, and even cancer for yourself and your love ones.

      1. Jackie — here are flyers that says raw milk can make you sick. But the trick is finding a safe supply –as in Europe where it is sold in thousands of vending machines. With very clean production methods, the risks of getting sick is very tiny–and there are ways to reduce that risk perhaps another ten-fold–to where you would be at greater risk of eating cantelope. All this cannot be understood by those who do not understand relative risk/benefit analysis. Oh, the free flyers


    1. We are a beyond organic and a Texas state inspected Raw dairy.
      Every mom, new mom and mom to be should read: Farmer Grant’s Corner on our website: (Gramen is Latin for GRASS.)
      You will find a world of info we have collected over the years that the government and big Pharma and Food Giants don’t want us to know.


  54. We’ve been drinking raw for years ever since I had to stop breast feeding and did NOT want to use formula or goat’s milk(they’re animal garbage disposals with a bare minimum digestive system). After finding out that Einstein’s kid used raw milk,that was it for me. The farm we have down the street(in AZ stores can’t sell it,only farms) sells it for $10/gallon but thankfully my husband works with a guy that has a couple of cows so now we get it for $4/gallon…that’s less than a gallon of organic pasteurized milk around here!

    1. Wow — goats are “animal garbage disposals with a bare minimum digestive system”?? Whatever gave you that incredibly mistaken idea? Let’s set the record straight — for one thing, their digestive system is the same complex (4-stomach) design as all other ruminant (cud-chewing) dairy animals. They are extremely discriminating herbivores, and besides being choosy about their feed in general, they won’t even eat hay that has fallen to the ground unless they are exceptionally hungry and there’s no clean feed available. Goat milk by analysis is the closest to human milk of any other typically available milk, and due to its much smaller fat molecule it creates a smaller softer curd in the human stomach and thus is more easily digested for many people than cow’s milk. The majority of babies who have issues with other milk or formula will thrive on it, as we have witnessed for ourselves with several families. Fresh goat milk (NOT that nasty stuff sold in grocery stores) will quite often beat cow milk in a blind taste test. Based on your description of goats I can only conclude that you are confusing them with pigs, which as single-stomached omnivores with virtually no scruples about eating dirty food could quite accurately be described as “animal garbage disposals”.

  55. I strongly encourage those that read this blog to also read the information that the CDC provides:
    Many of the “facts” that are given in this blog are skewed and are either not true or are misrepresented. Pasteurization was implemented to eliminate many diseases such as tuberculosis or campylobacter. It is our moral obligation to protect the rest of the public from passing those diseases on by continuing to pasteurize milk.
    Some of the people most at risk for getting sick are children. Some adults may pick up bacteria but their immune systems are able to handle it if they are immune competent. However, children’s immune systems are still developing and bacteria introduced in raw milk may have fatal consequences. Here is one mother’s story about E. coli contamination: The truth is some dairy cattle naturally carry E. coli but they do not show symptoms of being sick. The problem comes when the milk becomes contaminated. This can easily occur if the udder and teats on the cow are not cleaned properly and contaminated with fecal material. This may happen regardless if a farm is organic or not. However, pasteurization kills E. coli.

    Another thing I noticed at the top of the article I want to bring your attention to is Sally Fallon-Morell. From what I found, she has a Bachelors and Masters in English. Do you feel that she is truly qualified to give you advice on what is healthy or safe for your child to eat or drink? People get advanced degrees and become “experts” in their field. She is not an expert in health or nutrition. If someone has other information on her, please correct me.

    One final point I would like to make is the notion that only buying raw milk is helping your local small farms. There are more farms surrounding your rural community that ship their milk to other companies than there are those that produce organically. Investigate what companies they ship to and buy from those companies. The more you buy from the companies, the less they need to spend on marketing to sell their product which means more return for the farmer. Also, don’t just think about the milk. Many places where farmers ship their milk to produce other products like cheese, yogurt, or ice cream. Purchase these products from the local companies too. And just because it is a company doesn’t mean it is a bad thing. Companies provide a lot of local employees with jobs.

    Credentials: B.S. in Dairy Science, Veterinary Student, Masters of Public Health candidate

    1. Hi, Molly,

      I’d like to counter some of your arguments.

      Pasteurization was implemented to eliminate many diseases such as tuberculosis or campylobacter. It is our moral obligation to protect the rest of the public from passing those diseases on by continuing to pasteurize milk.

      Please read The Untold Story of Milk — you can find it on Amazon:

      If you don’t want to read the whole book, just read this article by the same author:

      In the article, he outlines how pasteurization originated. It is true that pasteurization was implemented to eliminate diseases, however, pasteurization is not needed if the milk is clean and the animals are healthy. The only reason people started getting sick and babies were dying in the 1800s was because of the “swill milk” being produced at distilleries. You really should read the article (and the book) to understand the history.

      Some of the people most at risk for getting sick are children. Some adults may pick up bacteria but their immune systems are able to handle it if they are immune competent. However, children’s immune systems are still developing and bacteria introduced in raw milk may have fatal consequences.

      There are plenty of foods that are risky for immune-compromised individuals, including raw shellfish, deli meats including hot dogs, and soft cheeses.

      Perhaps kids should stop eating all of these foods? Or should we just irradiate everything?

      Here is one mother’s story about E. coli contamination:

      That’s Bill Marler’s website — he’s an ambulance-chasing food safety lawyer who went after a raw milk company. Biased information.

      The truth is some dairy cattle naturally carry E. coli but they do not show symptoms of being sick. The problem comes when the milk becomes contaminated. This can easily occur if the udder and teats on the cow are not cleaned properly and contaminated with fecal material. This may happen regardless if a farm is organic or not. However, pasteurization kills E. coli.

      The raw milk I drink is much cleaner and pathogen-free than any pasteurized milk out there.

      Another thing I noticed at the top of the article I want to bring your attention to is Sally Fallon-Morell. From what I found, she has a Bachelors and Masters in English. Do you feel that she is truly qualified to give you advice on what is healthy or safe for your child to eat or drink? People get advanced degrees and become “experts” in their field. She is not an expert in health or nutrition. If someone has other information on her, please correct me.

      You are correct that Sally Fallon-Morell was an English major. However, that is immaterial. It’s an ad hominem logical fallacy:

      One final point I would like to make is the notion that only buying raw milk is helping your local small farms. There are more farms surrounding your rural community that ship their milk to other companies than there are those that produce organically.

      Right, and they’re going broke and going out of business.

      In the conventional dairy system, farmers receive about $12 per hundredweight of milk, less than their operating costs. This is why small and medium dairy farms are going out of business at such a high rate—in 2002, dairy farms went out of business at the rate of 16 per day.

      When the farmer produces raw milk and sells directly to the public, he gets from $50 to $250 per hundredweight—enough to make a decent living.


      Investigate what companies they ship to and buy from those companies. The more you buy from the companies, the less they need to spend on marketing to sell their product which means more return for the farmer. Also, don’t just think about the milk. Many places where farmers ship their milk to produce other products like cheese, yogurt, or ice cream. Purchase these products from the local companies too. And just because it is a company doesn’t mean it is a bad thing. Companies provide a lot of local employees with jobs.

      I choose to buy organic dairy because I don’t believe in eating pesticides and GMOs. I also choose to buy raw milk because I know that the farmers can make a much better living (see above).

      1. Ann Marie,
        That was awesome. People like M. are completely brain wash by the schools that gave them their credentials (these schools are under the big Pharma fundings and controls). Wake up!
        My father was an MD. I have a Biology & a Business degree, went to UT Medical School (and also got a Law Degree). Not once was prevention of diseases or ailments taught, only prescriptions and more prescriptions of drugs with side effects worse than the ailments. Humm, anyone with common sense would not prescribing these drugs. But students are totally brain washed in medical school. The more Doctors prescribe the more Big Pharma makes $$$$$.
        Brainwashed people think like this: Oh no Raw Milk is so expensive (at less than $10/gal) and MIGHT make someone sick. But a few hundred dollars worth of pills (with horrifying side effect) readily approved by the FDA, and freely prescribe by doctors (influence by good looking drug reps) are gggrrreeeaattt!
        Wow. People need to watch a documentary called: Doctorred.
        Come on people THINK, follow the money and connect the dots!!!

        Oh Ann Marie….you must come to Houston and visit us.
        We are opening 2 more farms and Farm Stores, not just raw dairy, but EVERYTHING, like Kettle soaps for laundry, NON-GMO veg. oils and wax candles (wooden wick & essential oils), Probiotics, Fermented goods, Heirloom variety of vegetables, ice cream (cultured with Kefir), …. oh I started a make up line with each product containing only 5 to 7 truly natural ingredients, I’ve made my own make up for years, just was not ready to make so many shades and colors…. .We are growing so fast and we have over 9 employees and saved 5 small local farmers from going out of business.
        So we are all going in THE right direction.
        Anyway come see us….Gramen Farm, TX
        ooooh it is late…zzzzz

        1. Ellie,
          I completely understand your perspective from the medical school side. On the human medical side, prevention is not often taught. That is very different on the veterinary side which is what I come from. As a public health student as well, I am all about prevention, which is why I am advocating not drinking raw milk. Like I said, raw milk may carry dangerous pathogens that can only be treated by medications. Therefore, if you are against medication, the ideal way would be to prevent exposure to the pathogen in the first place.
          Finally, veterinary school is not funded by pharmaceutical companies. It is funded by our student tuition and state funding. I personally do not know much about funding for medical schools so I cannot make any claims against that. But I am confident in defending myself that I am not brainwashed by any pharmaceutical companies.

      2. My brother in law used to be a dairy farmer and cleaned constantly and was very careful about freshness etc. He and his family drank the raw milk from his cows and he contracted tuberculosis. It was a very long drawn out illness and very hard on the whole family. The rest of the family did not get it but they would not take a chance now because the process to get over the TB was just too painstaking to ever repeat.

  56. Great article! Here in Calgary, Alberta (Canada) it is hard to find someone to buy raw milk from, especially because they can go to jail for selling it, so sad. 🙁

  57. My 10 yr old son has been diagnosed with everything from an intolerance to an allergy to dairy. One day my sister in law posted an article about raw milk so I started doing some research. I decided to try it with him. He has been drinking it for a month now and he loves it and he is no longer getting dark circles under his eyes and he is using the bathroom regularly! I am so happy to be helping my child thrive and grow!! It has been such a struggle with him and it is so good to see him drink a big glass of milk with a smile on his face 🙂

  58. I’ve always wondered… Is the message to drink raw milk INSTEAD of pasteurized (well, duh, yes on that one)… OR… Drink raw milk PERIOD (add it to my daily food intake), even if I don’t drink any type of milk ever, just because. I love the taste of raw milk, but it’s a 30 min. drive each way to get it, so should I just continue to not drink any milk (since I really could care less for milk), or make the drive and start drinking a glass or two a day because of the health benefits?

  59. Thank you for this post! We have just started getting raw milk here and I absolutely love it. I am making my own yogurt and it is so good. My husband drinks a lot of milk, but now he won’t buy any from the store. If we run out, he goes without. Store bought milk didn’t set well with me……ended up all bloated and uncomfortable. So I didn’t drink it anymore. Now I have it almost daily!

  60. I disliked milk since my childhood but after reading Dr. Weston A. Price’s book I started drinking and the results were instant. I felt better right after drinking it and my energy levels went through the roof.

    Now drinking raw milk is part of my daily life.

    1. Hi Karen,

      General rule of thumb is at least a week, but the shelf life of raw milk dependent on several different factors, from the health of the animal to environmental factors, to the way the milk is handled from the time it leaves the udder, and ultimately to the way the consumer handles it. My reply is tailored toward goats, since that’s what we milk:

      Best case scenario: a healthy goat, not living in close proximity to a stinky buck, good sanitation standards observed during the milking & filtering process, milk is chilled to 40 degrees or less within an hour or less after milking (easily accomplished in a home setting by putting half gallon jars in a bucket of ice water), and kept in an extra-cold frig. (We keep our milk frig at 34 degrees.) Under such circumstances milk could still taste fresh for up to 2 weeks.

      Worst case scenario: a milking goat with a high SCC count (possibly caused by subclinical mastitis), doe sharing a shed with a pungent buck, sloppy milking habits and poor sanitation, putting the fresh milk in a large bucket or one-gallon jar on a frig shelf to chill (8 hours + to get to 40 degrees — way too long), and a family member with the bad habit of leaving the milk sitting out — milk might go bad in 3 or 4 days.

      So get the logistics stacked in your favor as best as possible and enjoy some great tasting raw milk!


  61. E-mail me please I am trying to get a lead on raw milk. I am not going to tell my location cause of all the hush hush..Thank you!


  62. As the.daughter of a small scale dairy farmer in South Africa, I say THANK YOU!.
    By boycotting the big guys and supporting your local farmers, you can make a big difference.

    Also, yay for happy cows 🙂

  63. I just started drinking raw milk. It Tastes delicious and has improved my health. I would love to see more raw milk in main stream markets.

    Lauren H

  64. I was raised on raw milk as a kid. My father would bring home 2 gallons of milk every night and we were never over stocked in the fridge. Growing up as a child drinking raw milk I rarely was sick. I highly recommend raw milk 2 everyone.

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