Surely the problem is not with organic milk, but with UHT? Here in the UK organic milk is pasteurised in the normal way. Much of it is non-homogenised too. Our organic milk tastes much better and creamier than ordinary pasteurised, I think. UHT tastes foul. I wouldn't touch UHT with a bargepole.
Bear, your thread title is very misleading. The title should have been: "Ultra-high pasteurization what I didn't know." Organic's got nothing to do with it. From your own link:
"The shelf life of UHT milk is 6 to 9 months and it doesn't even need to be refrigerated."
Regular milk is pasteurized normally. Organic and natural milks tend to be flash pasteurized. The only milks I know of that are UHT are the boxed milk on the shelf (some is organic, some not) and some small cartons of half&half or heavy whipping cream. ALL of them say they are ultra-high pasteurized.
So, this milk you stopped drinking... was it UHT, was it flash pasteurized, or was it normal pasteurized? Have you tried organic milk that was only flash pasteurized? Your sinus issues may simply be a response to all dairy, or to just that brand of milk, not organic milk in general.
5'0" female, 43 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Current weight: skinny-fat 106.5 lbs because of sugar cheating.
MY PRIMAL: I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I aim for 80-90 g carb/day and advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and other need to tweak Primal to their own needs.
Oh...and my sinus issues...not all dairy...just this stuff...organic/UHT. I had hoped I made clear the protocol I used to narrow down the list of suspects. Did you read that? Just curious...
Last edited by Bear; 12-15-2013 at 02:12 PM.
I'm not trying to convert anyone, but it appears the OP came off that way.
If you disagree, then by all means...keep using UHT milk. I'm fine with that...it's your choice, just as removing UHT milk from my diet is my choice.
Just because you don't have an outward "problem" consuming it doesn't mean it's necessarily good for you. I mean, I used to have no problem consuming wheat and now it's the bane of my existence.Personally, I, along with countless other people have no problem whatsoever consuming ultra-pasteurized dairy, so I'm not really buying into the "UHT is bad!" hype.
Ignoring the "hype" of any kind, let's go back to what we know. We know that raw foods or low-temp cooked foods contain beneficial enzymes that heat destroys. Some beneficial nutrients are destroyed by heat as well, like omega 3, vitamin c, some b vitamins, vitamin e, etc (to be fair, heat is not always the enemy and doesn't destroy everything). Raw Milk (from healthy well treated cows) seems to be high in some b vitamins and vitamin e, as well as enzymes that help consumers digest the milk itself.
I think it's safe to assume that raw or low-temp milk would retain more of its natural beneficial compounds than it would if it were heated, particularly to such a high level. Enzymes are definitely done-zo at UHT temps.
Not saying unpasteurized milk is the way to go or not (I don't have a stake in the claim, I disagree with casein intake as a whole, lol), but UHT does not seem helpful to any degree.
Don't mean to pick on you, I just see that thought process (doesnt hurt me, must be good) all over the place and I don't think its often valid.
My primary problem with pasteurization is that it treats the symptom rather than the disease. Rather than making the keeping of dairy cow better along with improving the facility and collection, which in turn produces a product safe to drink, we would just pasteurize the shitty product of inferior conditions. No thanks. The other stuff that sites like this Fresh, Unprocessed (Raw) Whole Milk: Safety, Health and Economic Issues | A Campaign for Real MilkA Campaign for Real Milk purport are all interesting, but secondary to that for me.
I'm not disagreeing with the overall premise of your last post. UHT may destroy some beneficial enzymes in milk and make vitamins less bio-available, I'm not arguing that. However, this doesn't necessarily mean the milk would be harmful or unhealthy. You got to draw the line somewhere. For me - antibiotics, synthetic hormones free; pesticide free and non-GMO feed milk is good enough.
Sadly, in the USA we always just have to compromise something when it comes to food.
Actually, one of the main reasons I'm no longer strictly Primal is its tendency to make people orthorexic. Sometimes we just have to make the best possible choices and carry on. JMO
Last edited by Graycat; 12-15-2013 at 03:50 PM.
I'm still not going to worry about it, since it all gets converted to gloriously biodiverse kefir before I drink it!
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All I can tell you is that my symptoms (which mirror what you'd expect from an immune response) have virtually vanished since dropping UHT organic milk (from a very well-known dairy that I will not name) from my diet. This, after a year of dealing with the problem on a daily basis...with the accompanying low-level stress it engendered. Am I convinced? You bet your a** I am...
Last edited by Bear; 12-15-2013 at 04:21 PM.