Milk : Pasteurized vs. homogenized

I recently purchased organic milk, and was curious as to what the difference in it is with non organic milk. After doing some research I realized that some milk is homogenized and some is pasteurized. I ran across a health and wellness article on this, saying that you should not buy either and why that is. It is very confusing, and is not talked about much in the media or public. I found it interesting and would love to hear anybody's views on it. It is pretty amazing the things that start to seem interesting to you once you are raising young children.

Milk... Be Careful!  
It May Not Be What You Think It Is!

If You Drink Pasteurized or Homogenized Milk  
You Should Stop Now, For Your Health's Sake!!

Pretty bold statement I know and no doubt one that a number of readers will criticize... but it is a true statement nonetheless. Before I explain why you should stop drinking these types of milk let me tell you the good points of milk and then you will better understand the information that follows:

Please appreciate that the good points I am about to relate to you is for RAW unpasteurized, non homogenized milk... the type that maybe your mother gave you when you were an infant. (assuming that you are over 50 years of age now) and almost impossible to buy today.

This raw unadulterated, unprocessed milk was a 'living' food full of enzymes, beneficial bacteria, vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins and lactose, (a sugar). Leave a glass of this sitting at normal room temperature and the bacteria within the milk will ferment the sugars into lactic acid producing sour milk, which ironically is even more nutritious than the fresh milk because it is partly digested.

Very few people were allergic to raw milk...

Unlike today's processed milks few people were allergic to the raw milk because of the active enzymes present. For example, there is exactly enough lactase to digest the lactose, protease for the protein and lipase to digest the fat. These enzymes also help the absorption of calcium and the assimilation of other minerals.

So, raw pasteurized milk did give health benefits to many people. Personally I have never drunk any kind of milk because I don't think that it is a natural food once you are no longer an infant... but, that's only a personal opinion and may indeed be the wrong one. However, I know that I am not wrong on the negative health impact that milk from your supermarket will give you.

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First of all let's look at what pasteurization is! In simple terms it is a process in which the milk is heated to high temperatures to kill any bacteria present. Fair enough... but the heating kills all the enzymes as well and these are vital components of milk! In fact, the 'death' of the enzymes is how they determine that the process is successful. When all the enzymes are dead, the pasteurization process is considered to be complete!

This process not only kills the enzymes and any bad bacteria but also friendly bacteria such as Lactobacillus. This means that the digestion of the various nutrients such as proteins, fats and sugars then has to be carried out by the body without any assistance from the naturally occurring enzymes and bacteria in the milk, and because of their absence additional undue stress is placed on the pancreas.

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Bad hygiene?

So, why is the milk pasteurized in the first place? The answer to that one as you probably know is to make milk safer by killing any contaminants present. This is correct but it is not the true reason. The reality is that pasteurized milk is just as susceptible to contamination as raw milk.

Pasteurization has only come into 'vogue' in the last few decades as the commercialization of the dairy industry evolved. It is a cheap substitute for effective sanitization. If cows, dairies and workers were scrupulously clean, pasteurization would not be necessary... but that's too expensive and so the simple way is to 'kill' everything in the milk. There are some parallels to the increasing practice of irradiating meat... it's a lot cheaper to 'zap' it rather than avoid the contamination in the first place.

Milk which is pasteurized is an 'empty' food like so many other processed foods and people are unwittingly drinking it thinking that it is good for you, when the opposite is true!

But it gets worse...

What about milk which is pasteurized AND homogenized? This is the type of milk that is most prevalent in supermarkets today and people are unwittingly ingesting a lot of undesirable fat.

Our younger readers won't realize this but the good 'ole' milk always had a layer of cream which settled on the top of the milk. Homogenization is a technique used to make milk uniform in texture. It breaks up the fat in the cream fraction into very small particles. The tiny globules of fat which result from this process allows a deadly enzyme called xanthine oxidase to get into the body.

This enzyme can damage artery walls by causing lesions to occur on the lining. All milk fat excluding that from humans have this enzyme... but, it is not normally a problem as the fat globules that contain the enzyme are too large to pass through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. So, in non homogenized milk the enzyme will pass through the body without doing any damage. Not so however, after the milk has been homogenized because the particles are then small enough to squeeze through the intestinal linings!

Enough said!

Oop's... what about the growth hormones and antibiotics that are given to cows and present in the milk? No... I think that I'll give this issue a miss... have said enough!

I sincerely hope that I have put you off drinking pasteurized, homogenized milk. I accept that this is a real problem for mothers who are relying on the bottle to feed their babies. If you are in this position try to find a source of organic raw goat's milk. It's the closest that you can get to the real thing.

Until next time,

Warren Matthews

Copyright © Article  by Warren Matthews. Reproduced by permission  
(Emphasis by me - RJC)

Read here how a farmer in 1927 experimented by feeding his dairy herd on mineral rich pasture thus producing healthy milk containing all the minerals required by humans.


I understand your view on milk. I too don't drink milk, but I don't like the taste of milk. I don't allow my children to drink cow's milk, they drink almond milk due to it's normally the only other thing I can find that I have approved of yet. We don't like soy milk due to it's added content of hormones. But I also feel that there is a better way to get milk and have milk. Butter-milk is yuck, lol, but I love cooking with it!

We lived in Guam for two years and while out there, the only kind of milk that you could buy was ULTRA-Pasturized. It wouldn't go bad....I tired. They had their milk plant there on Guam, but I don't know where they could have been getting the milk other than a tanker ship that brought it over. The other thing was ice cream made with milk,(which I don't eat either) and my little ones wanted ice cream and so did the hubby, but after about two tries we say no way... In the process of coming over, it must have defrosted and refroze, because it had a nice ice consistancy and no smooth rich texture.

I'd like to see how milk from a cow taste, if it's any different and try cooking with it, I bet it would give a lot of flavor and texture to our foods! I'll have to see if I can find a place or cow to milk-

That is interesting information about milk. We do food allergy testing at work and I really couldn't tell you very many people who aren't allergic to mild. As you mentioned, people aren't as allergic to raw milk like that from a mother which is true. Do you know of any other species that drinks milk past infancy? Just an interesting thought. Why do we (human kind) keep on drinking milk?

This makes me think of a book I read a very long time ago that discussed that humans are the only species that drink milk passed infancy. I am going to have tofigure out what book that was because it followed much of the same things you mention here and with all this discussion and study of what we should and shouldn't do, it would be even more interesting to re-read! I for one AM a milk drinker as are my children. BUT, reading things like this and the opinions of others like above, make me THINK!! Thank you!

Growing up we always had a glass of milk with dinner. Now, I can only have a little, usually soy in my cereal. And if you find that book, please let me know the name.

The only thing that I drink milk with is chai and cereal. Therefore, the reason that I get organic milk is because it lasts longer. Not sure why...but I have even tested it. You should try it. I buy organic milk strictly for that reason alone.