Listed below is some interesting information from the U.S Food and Drug Administration webpage called – Raw Milk & Pasteurization: Debunking Milk Myths, a not so subtle ‘jab’ at the ‘raw’ milk advocates and their claims regarding pasteurisation and ‘raw’ milk. The webpage states –
“While pasteurization has helped provide safe, nutrient-rich milk and cheese for over 120 years, some people continue to believe that pasteurization harms milk and that raw milk is a safe healthier alternative.
Here are some common myths and proven facts about milk and pasteurization:
- Pasteurizing milk DOES NOT cause lactose intolerance and allergic reactions. Both raw milk and pasteurized milk can cause allergic reactions in people sensitive to milk proteins.
- Raw milk DOES NOT kill dangerous pathogens by itself.
- Pasteurization DOES NOT reduce milk’s nutritional value.
- Pasteurization DOES NOT mean that it is safe to leave milk out of the refrigerator for extended time, particularly after it has been opened.
- Pasteurization DOES kill harmful bacteria.
- Pasteurization DOES save lives.”
I am hoping to examine the evidence put forward from both sides in this debate, and I would like to explore some of the scientific evidence refuting (and perhaps in support) of these claims.