Sorry for the slacking in actually content rich posts lately, I’ve had other pertinent projects to attend too. I had intended to do this food last week to go along with my raw dairy awareness pieces, but better late than never. I get lots of questions about yogurt, so this makes it a perfect choice as well. Let’s review the benefits of raw dairy:
- Protein: milk contains all 8 essential amino acids, 80% being caseins (which are heat stable and easy to digest). Lactoferrin is a iron-binding protein that can help with the assimilation and absorption, giving it anticancer and antimicrobial effects. Lysozyme can break down the cell walls of unfriendly bacteria. Lactoperoxidase help to rid the body of unwanted microbes. Immunoglobulins can help resist viruses and bacteria, as well as decrease asthmatic symptoms.
- Fats: 2/3 of the fat in milk is saturated. The great thing about full fat milk is that it secretes CCK that let you know that you’ve eaten enough.
- Vitamins: raw grass-fed milk contains both fat and water-soluble vitamins.
- Minerals: contains an array of minerals, which is important because minerals often work in accordance with one another, so having an assortment allows them to interact.
- Enzymes: milk contains over 60!
- Cholesterol: milk is a decent source of cholesterol
Why is yogurt better than drinking raw whole milk (especially for individuals with lactose-intolerances)? Rememeber that fermentation thing or that flora bit that we’ve covered before? Fermenting the dairy actually increase enzyme, vitamin and mineral availability through helpful bacteria! Fermented foods act as a probiotic, which helps restore/benefit your gut flora (recall how many things start in the gut and we want more good bacteria than bad and things like antibiotics steal good bacteria). It’s great for those individuals with a milk sugar intolerance, because it is already partly digested. Now not all yogurt is created equal. Those squeeze packs your feeding your munchkins: loaded with sugar. Either strain your own or look for full-fat Greek yogurt. Enjoy!