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Issue #38-- Is Milk Healthy?
July 21, 2006

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July 21, 2006 Issue #038


1) Is Milk Healthy?
2) Organic MIlk Ad
3) Some Facts About Pasteurization
4) No Mayonnaise Potato Salad
5) Healthy Products and Services

Is Milk Healthy?

The answer depends on what kind of milk you're referring to.

If you're referring to raw milk from grass fed cows allowed to graze in a clean environment, free of pesticides and NOT fed soy, grains or commercial feed, then the answer is YES!

But there are some qualifications. Read on...

Organic Milk Ad

I recently saw an ad for organic milk:

"Produced with no antibiotics, hormones or chemicals, our delicious milk is certified organic, then ultra-pasteurized for purity, longer shelf life and your total confidence. It's the wholesome excellence you demand - with a great taste you'll crave."

Sound healthy?

Maybe ... if you don't know some key facts:

  • Ultra-pasteurized kills the enzymes available in fresh, raw milk, that allow your body to benefit from the nutrients, thus eliminating the benefit of wholesome milk.

  • The ultra-pasteurization process may cause the formation of processed free glutamic acid, which has the same effect on the body as MSG. In other words, this is a source of hidden MSG.

Learn more about the harmful effects of free glutamates and MSG in FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide...

Some Facts About Pasteurization
  • Pasteurization kills the enzymes beneficial to the body along with other microorganisms in the milk, except for lactic acid.
  • Pasteurization heats milk to 145 degrees F or 63 degrees C for 30 minutes.
  • Flash pasteurization heats milk to 160 degrees F or 71 degrees C for 15 seconds. It is also referred to as high temperature, short time pasteurization (HTST). With this procedure, milk generally will last two to three weeks. This is also often referred to as pasteurization.
  • Ultra pasteurized milk is heated to 280 degrees F or 138 degrees C for at least 2 seconds. It is also called ultra high temperature pasteurization (UHT). Ultrapasteurized milk can last two to three months.
  • Cold pasteurization is irradiation.
  • Electronic pasteurization is irradiation.
  • The USDA has redefined pasteurization to include irradiation. So, when you see foods other than milk labeled as pasteurized, they may in fact be irradiated.
Bottom line, pasteurization kills beneficial enzymes and reduces the bioavailability of nutritents to the body. If you have the choice, raw, organic milk and cheeses are best. Overall, fresh, whole foods are best. If a non-milk food says pasteurized, avoid it like the plague. It is most likely irradiated!

More information on healthy, real milk.

No Mayonnaise Potato Salad

Most mayonnaise contains canola oil or soybean oil, both which should be avoided. Besides being unhealthy, they're in most of the processed foods on the market that contain oil.

If you eat processed foods, you're getting an ultra-high dose of an unhealthy food ingredient. Go check your pantry now and see how many packaged or canned foods you have that contain these two unhealthy oils.

If you're not reading labels on a regular basis, resolve to start today. And if you don't have a copy of FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide ... you can get one at the bottom of this newsletter.

Here's a tasty mayonnaise-free potato salad for you to enjoy!

10 small red rose potatoes, steamed whole with skins on
4 boiled eggs (optional)
1 small carrot, shredded
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1-2 Tbsp raw, unfiltered applecider vinegar (to taste)
1 tsp Italian herbs, or 1/4 tsp each of basil, oregano and thyme
1/2 - 1 Tbsp Celtic Sea salt (to taste)

Cut up potatoes and eggs. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Can be served immediately, but refrigerating at least a couple hours enhances the flavors. Enjoy!

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your comments or questions about this discussion. I cannot answer each question individually, but I will attempt to address questions in the next newsletter.

Healthy Products and Services

The 2004 Edition of FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not lists 800 food additives classified according to safety, whether they may cause allergic reactions and if they are GRAS Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA. New to this edition is information on how to identify genetically modified produce in the grocery store. It's a handy pocket-sized book that you can carry with you when you shop to help you read food labels and make sure the food you're buying has only healthy ingredients. It will help you choose healthy foods when you shop and keep harmful chemicals out of the food you feed your family.

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HEALTHY EATING: For Extremely Busy People Who Don't Have Time For It tells you what's healthy and what's not in a clear, concise and easy-to-use format. It gives you a system so easy to use that you can't help but succeed at eating healthfully. In less than 15 minutes, you will know how to choose healthy food and be on the right track to eating healthfully.

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Healthy Eating Coaching
If you would like personal, one-on-one help to get yourself eating healthfully, I offer healthy eating coaching/nutritional consulting services by telephone. The first session is free. You just have to pay for the call.

To schedule your no charge evaluation, send me an e-mail with NO CHARGE EVALUATION in the subject line. Tell me what your concerns are, what times you are available, and what time zone you're in. I will send you an e-mail with your appointment date and time, and the phone number for you to call.

Written by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
Your Personal Online Healthy Eating Coach
(c) copyright 2006
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