It makes sense to me that raw milk would be wonderfully nutritious given that it is supposed to sustain and grow a 100 lb newborn calf, but I never knew what was in raw milk. So, a little research and I was pleasantly surprised! Raw milk is worlds better than pasteurized milk, which has most of its delicate nurtrients removed during pasteurization.
Here's a list of what's in raw milk:
- Water 87.3%
Milk Fats 3.9%
Non-fat Solids (Protein, Milk Sugar, Immune Factors, etc.) 8.8%
- A. Casein Proteins (~80% of Total Milk Protein-TMP)
1. Alpha s1 [30.6%]
2. Alpha s2 [8.0%]
3. Beta [28.4%]
4. Kappa [10.1%]
B. Whey Proteins (~20% of TMP)
1. Alpha lactalbumin [3.7%]
2. Beta lactoglobulin [9.8%]
3. Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) [1.2%]
4. Immuoglobulins [2.1%]
5. Proteose peptone [2.4%]
Milk Sugar (Lactose) 4.6%
- Mineral Content per quart (Typical range):
- Butyric Acid 4 (# of Carbon atoms)
Caproic Acid 6
Caprylic Acid 8
Capric Acid 10
Lauric Acid 12
Myristic Acid 14
Palmitic Acid 16
Stearic Acid 18
Oleic Acid 18:1 (one double bond)
CLA 18:2 (two double bonds)
Vitamin Content per quart (Approximate):
Lactase-(through bacterial synthesis)
It is said that many people who believe themselves to be lactose intolerant can actually consume raw milk without a problem because the digestive enzymes have not been compromised by pasteurization and thus makes the lactose digestible.
People do well on raw milk fasts, cleanses, and even using raw milk as a meal substitute.
My 3rd child drank a homemade infant formula out of raw milk after my milk supply dwindled and thrived on it!
There is also a healthy amount of cholesterol in raw milk which helps keep the brain healthy.