Question: I have two kids and they both love milk. For a while they drank only raw milk and went through litres upon litres every week. I was buying 8 litres, as I also use it in my cooking for porridge. How much milk should kids drink and is 8 litres too much per week? Mum
Answer: 8 liters a week for 2 children is about a gallon a week–this is perfectly fine.
Question: I understand that commercial dehydration methods oxidize cholesterol in powdered milk. However I am wondering what happens with cholesterol in milk when milk is just pasteurized and not powdered. Does cholesterol still get oxidized? Jasmina
Answer: I do not know for sure, but it is quite possible that some of the cholesterol is oxidized during pasteurization, as this is done by rushing a thin layer of milk across a super heated plate. So there is lots of exposure to oxygen.
Question: Also I would like to know whether milk used for making raw cheese is usually homogenized or not. Jasmina
Answer: Regarding cheese, the answer is no for most natural and hard cheese varieties like Cheddar. However for some soft cheeses the milk is homogenised. Homogenisation does two important things for the manufacturer.
1. Increased yield of high fat and high moisture varieties. For example tarditional feta cheese has a moisture level of 50-54%, that is half water. Homogenised fat cheese can easily be 65% moisture so nearly 2/3rds water. A nice way to increase profits.
2. Homogenised fat is whiter and so homogenisation is often used where the consumer prefers white to yellow cheese.
Question: I will be 60 yrs old on 15 July 08. My Doctor tells me I need to reduce my cholesterol.
On 11 Jan 08, my total chol. was -7.4, Trig -0.9, HDL -2.3, Chol/HDL -3.2, VLDL -0.4, LDL -4.7
On 21 Apr 08, my total chol. was -5.8, Trig -1.1, HDL -1.6, Chol/HDL -3.6, VLDL -0.5, LDL -3.7
I have been using good coconut oil for a couple of years but it doesn’t look like it has helped reduction of my cholesterol. I stopped using it sometime before January. After that, my cholesterol went down. I started weight training sometime in March and have been taking 2 capsules every day of good krill oil, maybe that helped? Anyway, I really would like to bring it closer to 5 and increase my HDL. Can you tell me some foods to include and foods to avoid to reduce my Cholesterol? Regina
Answer: I would not worry about your cholesterol. For women, the higher your cholesterol, the longer you live. Sally
Question: My kids love seafood, but how much seafood can they eat without getting affected with mercury levels? Mum
Answer: If you have good gut flora, you are protected from mercury in fish. I would not stop eating fish but be sure to get some lacto-fermented foods in their diet.
Question: I have been convinced of the benefits of raw milk for a long while now, but now that I am pregnant I am worried about toxoplasmosis and passing this to my unborn baby. What do you advise during pregnancy? Nisha
Answer: We recommend one quart per day of raw whole milk from pasteured cows for pregnant women. The key is that the cows are on pasture, then there is no risk of pathogens. Sally
Question: If I can’t drink or source raw milk, is it better to drink pasteurised organic rather than nothing at all? Nisha
Answer: It is better to eat cheese, yoghurt and bone broths. But if you do drink pasteurized milk, it should be WHOLE milk. Best, Sally
Question: Is raw milk which has soured due to age (in the refrigerator) still just as good as fresher raw milk which has been allowed to sour on the counter for a day or two?
Answer: My guess is that they are just as good, but I don’t know of any research on this. Sally
Question: I have been making Beet Kvass, and my family loves it. But a found that when I start using it
daily (1/4cup) that after about 1 day, I become very constipated, and nothing herbal or food wise seems to undo the constipation, the only thing that works is to stop taking the beet kvass. I’d like to understand why this might be happening so that I can supply my body with what it needs and be able to successfully drink the beet kvass, because I really love the taste of it and also love the health benefits as a fermented drink that it can give me. My family does not have this reaction. Could Sally shed some light on what could possibly be the nutritional need that I need to address to be able to avoid this problem.. I don’t have any health issues, and normally I have no problem with constipation. Jane Schmitt
Answer: This is really a mystery. The overwhelming reaction to beet kvass is that it helps constipation. Of course, you should stop for the time being. Perhaps do a course of probiotics and then try the beet kvass again? Let me know what happens. Sally
About the Author...
Sally Fallon is founding president of the Weston A Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation with over 400 local chapters and 9000 members. She is also the founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, which has as its goal universal access to clean raw milk from pasture-fed animals. Author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions and also of Eat Fat Lose Fat (Penguin), both with Mary G. Enig, Phd, Sally has a encyclopedic knowledge of modern nutritional science as well as ancient food ways. Her grasp on the work of Weston Price is breath taking and her passion for health freedom, inspiring. In each edition of Nourished Magazine Sally answers your questions about nutrition, health, food and medical politics. Send us an email with your question and we'll put it to her.