The Moo Man is the story of an unconventional farmer in the UK who has a remarkable relationship with his cows. He sells their raw-pasture raised milk at his local farmers market and promotes it as one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
Dairy products which include milk, cheese and yogurt have become highly debatable foods in the nutrition world. To milk or not milk? My answer is: it depends. Is it what we’ve done to the milk (injected hormones and antibiotics in cows, maltreated them in the feedlot and fed them GMO grain that they have difficulty digesting) or the milk itself? And are the so called milk alternatives with many perservatives any healthier?
Unhealthy, unhappy cows = unhealthy milk.
The good news is that farmers like the Moo Man are raising cattle on grass, leaving them to pasture so that they can eat a natural diet and the Moo Man can then sell the freshest most unprocessed dairy with many benefits.
Milk from pastured cows:
- Has up to five times more CLA (a good fat found in grass fed beef and dairy shown to fight tumour growth) than milk from a grain-fed cow.
- Has 2 to 4 times more Omega 3’s (The Essential Fatty Acid required for many bodily functions) than milk from conventional cows.
- Has more beta carotene, vitamins and antioxidants than milk from conventional cows.
Healthy happy cows = healthy milk
People often make the argument that we’re not designed to drink milk or that we’re the only mammals who continue to drink milk after we’ve weaned off breast milk and tend to recommend soy (likely GMO), almond, rice and hemp milk of which the majority are laden with preservatives and lack many absorbable vitamins and minerals. This post by the Healthy Home Economist explains this well. Although we are the only mammals that drink milk after breastfeeding it doesn’t justify that it can’t be a healthy food to humans. Dairy allergy aside, we’ve seen that cheese, yogurt and milk from pasture raised -grass fed cows that has been minimally processed can – and has – kept human civilizations healthy.
Here’s the best example I could find.
The Moo Men are the Masai warriors of Africa and are considered some of the healthiest traditional societies on earth. They are long, lean and fit and have no lifestyle diseases. Till this day they consume raw milk in copious amounts from their pasture raised herds who eat grass and other wild greens. This in turn makes their milk higher in CLA, Omega 3’s and vitamins. Just like the Moo Man they treat their cattle “like companions and friends”, and give them all proper names.
I don’t have dairy allergy, but I currently don’t live near cattle ranchers like the Moo Man and the Moo Men. If did I would buy and drink their milk in a heartbeat! In the meantime, talk to your local farmers to see what’s happening with their cows, and when shopping at the grocery store, look for pasture-raised, organic dairy. If dairy isn’t for you, be a label detective when buying alternative milks or trying making your own nut or coconut-based milks at home.