Milk

Amy - posted on 06/29/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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What milk do you drink? Are there health reasons or taste preference?

Could be any milk. Almond, soy, cow, goat, rice....whatever.

Is there one you think is healthier over the others?

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Thought you might be interested to know that the ONLY reason homogenization was invented is because it made milk easier to sell. In non-homogenized milk the cream rises to the top (and you shake it up before you drink it). Back then, the milk bottles with the most cream sold first (opposite of what would happen today!) and grocers were left with unsold bottles of the milk with less cream. The homogenization process made all the bottles look the same and sell the same. All the process does is break down the cream so that it is evenly distributed through the milk. BUT the broken down cream is worse on digestion...hence the reason I spent most of my life believing I was lactose intolerant! I would venture to guess that many lactose intolerant people could tolerate non-homogenized milk. Anyway, I know you said all this stuff was hard to digest (great pun), so I thought I'd give you a little of the information that I've been able to glean over the years.

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funny when my BIL and sort of SIL came to torontot whne the babies were born (from Italy) they couldn't stand the taste of our milk and drank their coffee differently because they could taste the difference. mind you Italian taste buds are seriously 'refined' but I can;t tell differences like that. yeah the first time I saw the milk tetra pak thing it creeped me out. kind of like first time I saw aussies not keep their eggs in a fridge.

Amy - posted on 06/30/2011

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Lauren - on the wic thing. I would think they'd encourage whole milk. I don't understand that. We do a lot of 2% for cooking, but my husband is on the same boat as tah's. It's like water!!! lol Dairy farm was his first real paying job as a kid. I guess once you drink REAL cow's milk, nothing else tastes as good.

only milk i really don't like and wouldn't drink is soy. my son turned a year old and did almond milk for a while before cow's milk. he just didn't like cow's milk right away but wanted something that looked like mom's milk in his sippy cup. i was pretty much done nursing and he only wanted boob milk out of a cup. thought, eh, we're done with this!! Now both my kids chug milk.

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I do skim milk. I grew up on it. Anything with more fat tastes like drinking butter; I like butter, but not THAT much. I have always been extremely picky with milk. I have to buy certain brands from certain chains, otherwise I can't drink it (tastes too weird).

I can't drink organic for some reason. It makes me really sick.

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Homogenization is totally different than pasteurization. Pasteurization kills bacteria that makes the milk turn sour, hence a longer shelf life. Homogenization is all about making the cream in whole milk evenly disbursed (and invisible) in the milk.



I've never heard of milk that doesn't need refrigeration. Huh...something else to go research. =)

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homogenization is pasteurization right? and what about the milk sold in europe that is in a tetra pak and doesn't need refrigeration? I was using that til someone told me there is even less live cultures in it than the cold homo milk. can't find decent probiotics for them here so they told me to use the cold stuff. any idea?

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hate milk. babies (toddlers) on homogenized. have tried all for myself and some diff for babies. once in awhile kind of enjoy rice. do have to say I like chocolate once in ahwile but pretty rare. I'm one of the dumbasses that pay far too much for organic milk for the kids just cause I figure you never know and being so rich why not (no, joking). have heard about the whole unpasteurized thing but would be too scared to try it. also have heard milk IS hard to digest but again...they say to do it and bah. what do I know? too much info to digest so to speak.

have offered them goats milk and they enjoyed it but can't get it in my area.

Tah - posted on 06/29/2011

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2%..Or fat free..I started drinking it because of my gallbladder..husband says it taste like water...

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Of course you can consume non-homogenized milk! The process was invented in the 1930's...what did people do before that? LOL. There are two local dairies here that sell non-homogenized milk. I live in Louisiana and it is illegal to sell and buy non-pasteurized milk.



Funny story:



My very extended family are all dairy farmers. When I was about 16 I was at my dad's aunt's farm and her grandkids (who are a bit younger than me) lived right next door. They came over to play and we went out to the dairy barn. One of the little girls stuck her hand in the vat of milk to drink some and the other said, "Don't drink that! It aint been baptized yet!" Instead of pasteurized...lol...We are also a very religious family. =)

Lauren - posted on 06/29/2011

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WOW! I never even knew you could humanly consume un-homogenized milk!! i learn something knew everyday on COM !! what state illegalizes it?

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We buy non-homogenized milk. We like whole milk, and after some research we discovered that the homogenization process makes it harder for the body to digest milk. Up until we started buy non-homogenized I had thought I was lactose intolerant. If it were legal to buy non-pasteurized milk in my state, we'd probably do that too. Oh, and non-homogenized milk tastes soooo gooood.

Lauren - posted on 06/29/2011

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P.S WIC (Woman Infants And Children Program) Here in MASS ...suports ONLY low fat or 1% milk now!!! Do not know why but I think healthier children / babys should have all the fat and nutrients possibly !!

Lauren - posted on 06/29/2011

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I personally have never tried goat milk but honestly i believe it has everything to do with how your body digests it due to pasturizing the milk.....I love almond, rice and OF course the good old whole cows milk..anything else havent yet got enough courage to drink!! OH i have even had human MILK ... I had to see what it tastes like WEIRD I KNOW!! LOL!!

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