I was talking to someone recently about the benefits and detriments of drinking milk. I heard long ago that human beings are not made to drink the milk of other animals, and therefore that everyone was lactose intolerant to some degree. I think this is primarily because of the way we pasteurize it.
The heating treatment kills off all the natural macrobiotic organisms and bacteria then replaces them with foreign ones. I have heard that drinking unhomogenized milk is much better for you, but that the only way to do this here in the U.S. is to have a share of a cow and get it direct from the source.
This is just my general understanding of this process, but I would really appreciate it if someone could clarify a bit for me.
Also, I would be really interested to try some fresh milk--either from a cow or a goat, and I would be happy to trade something for it.
You might call Patty Creek Market or the Good Food Store and see if they carry that. I know they have a brand that isn't mixed so the cream is still there but I can't even remember the name.
I don't drink milk myself though my kids consume way too much. I don't really think it's something peopleshould drink on a regular basis but more of a money maker for dairy farmers (which isn't a bad thing).
I lived in Stevensville for a while and we had an old school milk man deliver gallon jugs of pure milk every couple of days. This was in the late 80s but this thread has really got me curious if there are any delivery guys like that from the local area.
Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with the pasturization process and, in fact, there are super-processed milks available for people who are lactose intolerant - nearly everyone over five years old. We are not able to process the milk of any animal (including humans) after about the age of five because all of our nutrition should be coming from other foods by that time and we don't need to nurse anymore. Mommy's milk is great for babies, but even by the time they are a year old, it's just not as useful. Once we reach an age where we would naturally stop being dependent on milk for nutrition, we stop producing lactase, the enzyme that digests milk.
Well... most of the world's population stops producing lactase. If you are of European, especially Northern European heritage, you are much more likely to be able to digest milk even as an adult.
You are right about milk from other animals though. It would be dangerour or even deadly to try and raise a nwborn human on cow's milk, because the nutritional content and types of sugars are completely different. Same thing goes for trying to feed an elephant milk from a sheep.
Yes, this is rather a long reply, but I hope it answered some of your questions. You can google the subject too if you don't trust my uncited statements.