5 Raw Milk Myths Busted!

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MYTH: Raw milk is healthier and more nutritious than pasteurized milk. FACT: Most of the nutritional benefits of drinking raw milk are available from pasteurized milk without the risk of disease that comes with drinking raw milk.
MYTH: Drinking raw milk may not be safe, but no harm will come from eating products (soft cheese, ice cream, and yogurt) made from raw milk. FACT: Raw milk made into other products, like soft cheese, ice cream, and yogurt, can still cause dangerous infections. When consuming these products, make sure they are made from pasteurized milk.
MYTH: Milk is safe as long as it is labeled “organic.” FACT: Only organic milk that has been pasteurized is safe to drink.
MYTH: Raw milk and products made from it – ­­soft cheese and yogurt – are safe if they come from healthy animals. FACT: Healthy animals can carry illness-causing germs, such as Brucella, Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella, that can contaminate milk.
MYTH: If animals are raised in sanitary conditions on humane farms, their milk is safe. FACT: Even dairy farms with very good safety practices can contain illness-causing germs. And even if tests on a batch of a farm’s raw milk come back negative, it is no guarantee that the next batch of milk will be free of harmful germs.

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