When we refer to real milk, we are talking about milk that comes from real, healthy, dairy cows who eat real foods instead of genetically modified grains or cheap filler feeds that have almost no nutritional value. If a cow doesn’t have the proper lifestyle and nutrition, their milk suffers.
Real milk is also, and very importantly, NOT pasteurized (a process known to destroy good enzymes, proteins and vitamins) or homogenized (a process in which the butterfat globules are broken down so they don’t rise to the top).
If you want details on milk and why Real Milk (Raw Milk) is a movement, https://www.realmilk.com/ is the best place to go and learn. They also help to settle the fears of those thinking that raw milk is dangerous to consume. Spoiler, it’s not!
The end result of good, real milk is a lovely bottle of white milky goodness with a layer of cream on the top, the thicker the better!
While milk has great benefits on its own, it also can be used to make cultured dairy products and cheeses which provide an even wider range of health benefits (to be discussed in later posts) and also taste amazing. If you don’t believe that there's a world of difference between the yogurt made from raw milk and yogurt you grab in the grocery, boy are you in for a treat. Just order a serving of our lemon yogurt, you won’t be sorry!
If you want to learn more about dairy, Diamond S friend Laurie and her friend, Jamie, have put together a lovely class that is entitled The Wonderful World of Dairy.
Why A2A2 Milk Matters
Once in a while, you might see someone refer to cows that produce A1 or A2 milk. They are referring to the protein make up of the milk itself. A2 is the original version of milk protein that is more digestible and found in more of the heritage cow breeds. It's an easier to digest protein is especially important if there is a known milk sensitivity. The A1 gene was a mutation that was found and spread through mainly dairy cow herds in more recent history and is beginning to be linked to multiple conditions including Type 1 Diabetes and heart disease. Does this mean A1 milk is bad? Not necessarily, but it's not the best. So if you have a choice between A1 and A2 milk, choose the A2.
A2 type of β-casein is also the protein found in human breast milk so it only makes sense that this would be the ultimate version of raw cows milk you can get!
The Diamond S cows have been tested and found to be A2/A2. If you would like to learn more about A2A2 milk, I think this article is great and has great references: https://downacowtrail.com/2020/02/14/a2-a2-milk-what-it-is-and-why-you-need-it/
What if I don’t really like to consume milk plain?
Milk can be used in just about anything you can imagine from mixing into your eggs in the morning, added to your soup in the afternoon, or to be made into a creamy gravy for dinner. And for a dessert, I am going to pass on a favorite recipe in the form of a short class that was also put on by Laurie at The Healing Table. Natural, nutritious, and exceptionally tasty Real Food Pudding!
You have read the information above and may have followed the links to learn more. Ready for milk? Alright, just head on over to the Contact Us portion of our website to get in touch and learn more about where and when you can pick up your dairy!
Hope to see you soon!
P.S. Be on the lookout for our next post about Raw Milk Kefir!