Proponents of raw milk claim huge health benefits, including easier digestibility and no lactose intolerance, reports Food Safety News.
But all are largely untrue, and could be the result of the placebo effect, according to John Lucey, a professor of food science at the University of Wisconsin and director of the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research. When you’re paying up to $15 per gallon for raw milk, it’s easy to attribute health effects to the product, he suggests.
Lucey reviewed more than 50 studies and the websites of raw milk proponents who claim health benefits. His conclusion: No evidence of any additional nutritional benefits.
More worrisome: There is a huge downside to consuming unpasteurized milk. Between 1993 and 2006, there were 121 food borne disease outbreaks where the pasteurization status of the produce was known. Sixty percent of these involved raw milk products involving 1,571 reported cases, 202 hospitalizations and two deaths. Three fourths of these outbreaks occurred in states that permitted the sale of raw milk, says Lucey. “States that restricted the sale of raw milk had fewer outbreaks and illnesses,” he says.
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