Some people may think it's just a fad, but the truth is drinking raw milk has many health benefits.
First, what is it anyway? It is very basically milk straight from the cow or goat, not pasteurized, not homogenized. The milk you buy in the grocery store has been heated (pasteurized) and sometimes heated even further (ultra pasteurized) to kill bacteria. Unfortunately, this also kills the friendly bacteria and other nutrients and enzymes that would normally be in the milk.
Now, why should you drink it? And is it safe? If you get your raw milk from a healthy grass-fed cow it is very safe to drink. Think about what people drank hundreds of years ago. They would never think to heat up their milk, just drank it straight from the cow.
The benefits are numerous and plenty. First, it is very rich in enzymes and actually contains all of the 22 essential amino acids. This includes phosphate, which is important for the absorption of calcium. And forget about all the synthetic calcium supplements out there, raw milk is truly the best source of calcium available.
It is also a great source of vitamins, in particular vitamin B12, which is an important vitamin that is hard to find in non-meat sources. It also contains the enzyme IgG and vitamins A, B, and C.
Research shows that it also contains enzymes and antibodies that actually render milk less absorbible to bacteria. Lipase is also present which aids in the digestion of fats.
Another great benefit is that it also contains CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid, which has been noted to fight cancer.
But with all these benefits, does it actually taste good? It does. In fact, it tastes wonderful, much better than store-bought milk. Even if you do not care for the taste of the stuff in the stores, you may find that you enjoy the taste of real milk. It's creamier and fresher tasting. Surprisingly, it also tends to last quite a long time in the refrigerator if you keep it nice and cold (meaning you are not constantly opening the door every few minutes to remove things from the fridge).
And, although some people have digestive issues with the store-bought kind, that most likely will not happen with raw milk. With all these wonderful benefits, why not find a local family-owned dairy farm and start enjoying this very healthy, nutritious, and beneficial drink.