Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Raw milk controversy continues

Controversy over the legality of selling raw (unpasteurized) milk and dairy products and the alleged health benefits of these foods continues.

In a new peer-reviewed scientific publication, Ohio State University food safety expert Jeff LeJeune evaluated the dangers of drinking raw milk and argued that, contrary to claims from advocates, there is no scientific evidence supporting the notion that raw milk cures or prevents disease.

Raw milk advocates claim that pasteurization robs milk of nutrients that can prevent and treat a wide spectrum of diseases, including heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, and lactose intolerence. However, in this article, LeJeune presented scientific data that refute such a claim.

The sale of raw milk is illegal in 22 states.

Source: Feedstuffs. January 26, 2009.