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Raw versus Processed Milk: Why Raw Milk is a Superfood

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Raw versus Processed Milk: Why Raw Milk is a Superfood

Grocery store milk is pasteurized and homogenized

Raw Milk is raw, unpasteurized, non-homogenized

Note: When referring to “raw milk,” we mean raw milk from healthy cows, i.e. grass-fed on organic grass, raised in humane conditions, and properly milked, is the best raw milk.

Which would you prefer, pasteurized, homogenized milk from factory raised cows, or unprocessed milk from pastured cows who are free to graze on their natural diet, soak up the sunlight, and live in humane conditions while naturally producing a true superfood?

Raw Milk Processed Milk

Alkaline                                                                     Acidic

Fat Soluble Vitamin A                           35% reduction in Vitamin A

Fat Soluble Vitamin D                           25%-77% reduction in Vitmain C

Fat Soluble Vitamin K2                         25%-77% reduction in Vitmain C

Short Chain Fatty Acids                        14% reduction in Vitamin E

CLA                                                         66% reduction in Iron

Omega-3’s                                               70% reduction in Zinc

Calcium                                                  38% reduction in B-complex vitamins

Magnesium                                            21% reduction in Calcium

Potassium                                             100% Destruction of Enzymes

Immunoglobulins                                Damage to Immunoglobulins

Whey Protein                                        Damage to Whey Proteins

Probiotics

Benefits of Raw Milk

Higher levels of fat soluble vitamins A, D & K2

Heart healthy, cancer killing, fat-soluble vitamins that support the brain and nervous system, bone density, hormonal balance, focus, development, and brain function.

Short Chain Fatty Acids, CLA and Omega-3’s

Raw milk is high in CLA and Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as butyrate, a short chain fatty acid that aids the body in the regulation of inflammation, slow metabolism and stress resistance. Emerging research suggests that butyrate may be a viable treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and IBS.

One of the highest sources of the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium

These minerals are crucial for cellular function, metabolism, circulation, hydration, building bone density, detoxification and muscle health. Unfortunately, many Americans are deficient in these vital nutrients.

Rich in Probiotics: kefir, cheese, yogurt

Raw milk is a source of probiotics, but when you ferment it, the good bacteria increases exponentially. Cultured dairy products are the richest source of probiotics available. They line your gut, support nutrient absorption, and protect you against bad bacteria like E. coli. They are best in their natural state from raw milk products like kefir, yogurt, and cheese.  Gut health has been linked with countless health issues, including both physical and mental. By infusing the gut with high quality probiotics, countless people have found relief and improvements from a range of health problems, including:

  • Obesity
  • Allergies
  • Skin infections
  • Depression & Mood
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Colon cancer
  • Colic (in Breastfed babies whose Mothers took probiotics)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Intestinal infections
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Diarrhea
  • Tooth Decay & Gingivitis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Weakened immune system
  • Urinary track infections
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Respiratory Infections

Whey Protein and Immunoglobulins

Whey protein is a must for anyone looking to burn fat and build lean muscle. It is loaded with immunity boosting enzymes and proteins including:

  • Alpha-lactalbumin
  • Beta-lactoglobulin
  • Bovine serum albumin
  • Immunoglobulin

Processed Milk: the pasteurization process kills nutrients

  • 35% reduction in Vitamin A
  • 25%-77% reduction in Vitmain C
  • 14% reduction in Vitamin E
  • 66% reduction in Iron
  • 70% reduction in Zinc
  • 38% reduction in B-complex vitamins
  • 21% reduction in Calcium
  • 100% Destruction of Enzymes
  • Damage to Immunoglobulins
  • Damage to Whey Proteins

What’s more, much of the remaining vitamins in processed milk are so degraded from their original state that they are not available for the body to process and utilize.

Are you lactose intolerant? Perhaps only to processed milk. The enzyme lactase is greatly reduced in processed dairy. Lactase is the enzyme necessary to break down and absorb certain nutrients. The destruction of this essential enzyme in the processing of pasteurized, homogenized milk is an explanation as to why so many people are lactose intolerant – to store-bought milk, that is. As raw milk is abundant in the enzyme lactase, previously intolerant people find that they are able to enjoy raw milk without any of the digestive issues or side effects they suffer when drinking processed milk. In fact, a study done by the Weston A. Price Foundation found that 80% of the 700 families they reviewed stopped having symptoms of lactose intolerance when they switched to raw milk.

The bottom line, raw milk is good for:

The Farmer – Farmer to consumer direct supports the local economy and small businessman

The Cow – Natural diet, able to graze and life a long life in their natural environment; they don’t get sick from being overcrowded in cages and factories, so there is no need for growth hormones or antibiotics

The Environment – Pastured cows do not create the toxic manure that industrial factory farms create

The Consumer – You get a product that is superior in health and nutrition from a farmer who takes pride in providing you with a safe, quality, and nutritious product

References:

http://hartkeisonline.com/2011/03/17/woman-achieves-increased-bone-density-with-raw-dairy/

http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/rawmilk/raw-milk-questions-and-answers.html#history.

http://draxe.com/raw-milk-benefits/

http://www.realfoodkosher.com/three-facts-you-should-know-about-raw-milk/

CLA and weight loss, muscles, cancer, heart health, and more

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Looking to get lean, build or maintain muscle? One promising answer is conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, which can be found in grass-fed meat and raw dairy products from grass-fed animals such as beef, milk, butter and cottage cheese. CLA is an antioxidant, anti-carcinogen, and anti-catabolite. It has been shown to support long-term health and fitness goals including weight loss, fat burning, lean muscle building and muscle retention, even during weight loss.
Other benefits of CLA on the body include increased metabolic rate, enhanced muscle growth, decreased food-induced allergic reactions, and lower cholesterol and insulin resistance. CLA is also beneficial in improving osteoporosis, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, high blood pleasure, and diabetes.
Furthermore, CLA enhances the immune system and fights cancer. Research has linked its cancer fighting capabilities to colorectal, lung, skin, stomach, and breast cancer, with even a small addition of CLA resulting in over 50% tumor reduction.
Unfortunately, there is a deficiency of CLA in the average American diet, a trend that has risen with the obesity and cancer epidemics in recent decades – as the availability of CLA in our diets has decreased. The meat and dairy industry has shifted away from grass-fed, free-range, and natural and gone the way of feedlot systems and the addition of hormones, additives, chemicals, antibiotics, toxins, and more. Animals under these conditions are more susceptible to disease, and produce nutritionally inferior meat and dairy products, not to mention the sheer cruelty of their living conditions in many cases.
This shift has brought with it a decline in the CLA content of meat and dairy products, which research has highlighted as a serious potential factor for the rise in obesity, cancer, diabetes, and other health problems. Fortunately, there is a solution: grass-fed beef and raw dairy from grass-fed sources. Grass-fed meat and dairy have been found to contain three to five times more CLA than grain-fed.
So whether you’re a bodybuilder, athlete, looking to drop a few pounds, prevent or fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease, are against animal cruelty, or just want to improve your health, one vital component is the addition of grass-fed beef and dairy to your diet – it’s a healthier, tastier, and humane way to optimum health. Shop farm fresh, support local, and fuel, heal and nourish your body with superior nutrition.

Resources:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/23/conjugated-linoleic-acid-from-grass-fed-beef.aspx#!
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/mike8.htm

Farm fresh Orlando: Eat more cheese

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Farm fresh Orlando: Eat more cheese
For years we have seen a shift towards low fat diets, yet we are more obese as a nation than ever before. We are deficient in calcium, vitamin d, omega-3 fatty acids, and other vital nutrients. Cancer, obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease and countless other illnesses are the norm, not the exception. We have stopped eating real food, depriving ourselves of valuable nutrients and optimum health for the sake of quick and easy, low-fat, fad diets, quick “fixes,” bad “science,” and the like.
Our culture yo-yo diets, alternating between eating entire boxes of low calorie diet treats and restricting ourselves to egg whites and fake, low fat products with a paragraph or more worth of chemicals in the ingredients list – most of which we cannot pronounce let alone identify. This clearly isn’t working for us. Recent and emerging research backs this up.
Real food – as opposed to boxes full of chemical laden “stuff” – is naturally satiating because it is full of nutrients and fats that are communicating. Real food provides essential nutrients like tryptophan, phenylalanine, choline, folic acid, b vitamins, and more that work with the brain to trigger neurotransmitters to release serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and acetylcholine.
Problems with memory? Learning? Appetite? Motivation? Alertness? Concentration? Body Temperature? Blood Pressure? Osteoporosis? Heart problems? Want to lose weight? Eat more real food, eat more dairy.
The bottom line is this: healthy fats are good for you. Dairy is good for you. Dairy is an abundant source of protein, calcium, vitamins A, D, and B12, potassium, phosphorus, niacin, riboflavin, and healthy fat, leaving you feeling more satisfied after eating it. Eating more dairy, including cheese, milk, and yogurt, has been linked with reduced belly fat, lower blood pressure and blood sugar, and weight loss. Unfortunately, not all dairy is created equal.
Commercial dairy products are laden with hormones, antibiotics, and omega-6s (bad fat), and lower in vitamins and nutrients than farm fresh grass-fed dairy products. Thankfully there is an alternative: raw, grass-fed dairy. There is an increasingly popular movement in this direction across the nation, Orlando and surrounding Central Florida areas have seen a rise in supply and demand as consumers become more aware of the health benefits of going farm fresh as opposed to commercially produced.
Grass-fed raw dairy is richer in vitamins, nutrients, “good” fats, antioxidants, vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene, and conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. CLA has been linked with decreased risk of breast cancer; ““switching from grain-fed to grassfed meat and dairy products places women in this lowest risk category.” Furthermore, because of the CLA content, consuming full-fat dairy products – provided they are from grass-fed (farm fresh) not grain-fed (commercially produced) sources – is associated with decreased risk of heart attack and cancer. Grass-fed cheese is has four times as much CLA than grain-fed cows. The verdict: skip mass produced and go farm fresh. Skip the low fat, diet, fake, boxed chemicals and go for real, raw, farm fresh, natural, honest to goodness FOOD. Now that’s a New Year’s Resolution worth making.

For more information:
http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm
http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/proteins.html
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cheese-unhealthy/#axzz2puWVudB7
http://www.nationaldairycouncil.org
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/6413146/Eating-more-cheese-can-help-fat-people-lose-weight-study-claims.html

Raw Honey vs. Fake Honey

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Scary but true, most of the honey available for consumer purchase is counterfeit, fake, and potentially dangerous. The majority of honey sold at chain stores is pollen free, meaning it is devoid of the health benefits associated with honey. Instead, it is some ultra-filtered combination of illegal, artificial, and unsafe sweeteners, antibiotics, and heavy metals.
Raw honey is incomparable to other sweeteners – fake or real. So rich and sweet, it only takes a touch to add deliciously satisfying flavor to any dish. You can add it to your morning oats for a natural and tasty boost of energy, or slow cook some crock pot honey chicken for dinner. Besides the energy boost – instant and sustained – raw honey replenishes glycogen storages so your body doesn’t produce more stress hormones in response to intense exercise.
Raw honey is chock full of healing, providing natural anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial benefits to the body. It has been used to treat acne, sinuses, sore throat, ulcers, allergies, infections, and more. Rich in antioxidants, b vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, raw honey can improve health at the cellular level, fighting free radicals and boosting the immune system.
If you want to enjoy the myriad of health benefits along with the richly satisfying and delicious flavor, you’re better off skipping chain store bought “honey” bear and going for the real thing, pollen-rich raw honey. Buy local, support the “little guy,” and rest assured that you’re getting the real deal, i.e. actual food, not unsafe substances masquerading as honey.
Sources:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/07/smuggled-honey-ultra-filtered_n_1079948.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/040520_honey_supermarkets_counterfeit_food.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/035493_raw_honey_health_benefits_antibacterial.html#ixzz2pFsOqVxE
http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/6170
http://sprouthealthlifestyle.com/2012/05/01/why-you-should-eat-raw-honey-and-bee-pollen/

Margarine or Grass-fed Butter

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Food4U’s core business is the production and packaging of margarines. Margarine is made up of 80 % oils and fats, mainly vegetable. The remaining part consists of water (15 – 19 %) and additives such as flavours, emulsifiers, colouring agents, vitamins A and D, salt and citric acid. The percentage of fats and oils in margarine is regulated by law, but the percentage of water and additives may differ according to recipe and customer. Naturally, other fat percentages are also possible. However, in that case the product will no longer be classified as margarine, but as low-fat margarine or spread.