I’m sorry but there is something terribly wrong with milk that doesn’t have to be refrigerated. So it has been around for a long time. I learned to enjoy the slightly caramelized flavor of the milk. The shelf life of ultra-pasteurized milk is 6 to 9 months if the cardboard containers its sold in are left unopened. that's what we get. This really irritates me because I stay away from conventional milk products not only because they come from factories but because they are homogenized and I thought cream and butter were not! The milk is pumped into the vat and heated slowly to 145°. Some organic milk companies “enhance” or add Omega 3, DHA, to their milk. Certain commodities (freeze-dried products, imitation egg products, and egg substitutes) are not considered egg products and are under the Food and Drug Administration's jurisdiction. Boy did we hear a lot of colourful language during those weeks. She earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) from Dallas Baptist University in Philosophy and Biblical Studies, then began her post-graduate journey as a researcher in the fields of health and nutrition. One comment about pasteurised & UHT milk chronically stressing the immune system – from an *owner of a dairy* – and zero scientific research to back it up. I stopped drinking uht milk and guess what? Not any more. This technique pushes milk through a semipermeable membrane filter, allowing specific components of milk to pass through based on their molecular weight. It’s safe, it’s wholesome and thank you, Kristin for sharing your knowledge and caring to put together this site. If you don’t heat the milk, the starter will not be able to culture the milk and you will not be able to make yogurt. People believe this stuff but have no problem putting fluoride (a toxic waste) into our drinking water. Sandra, could you just send it with a reusable ice pack? If you compare labels the nutritional data indicates that the natural vitamin value of milk is destroyed by the UHT process, and in products specifically for children a short list of vitamins is added…but I suspect that a long list of other necessary vitamins and nutritional compounds found in fresh milk simply do not get into the diet of many people. If you want more help deciding how to prioritize your milk purchases, check out this post on Healthy Milk: What To Buy. Get this. Same in Europe where I spend much of my time. You may as well just drink water, as UHT has the same nutrition except it now white water. Obviously, the people that are saying there is nothing with UHT have an agenda! So if I can’t afford to buy raw milk then it doesn’t matter if I the milk I buy is organic or not? All ultra-pasteurized cream and milk must be labeled by law, so check cartons or bottles before you buy. Thanks for providing this informative blog post about organic milk. I would use whole organic milk for children and infants though because they can use the extra calories and vitamins. 6, Pages 509-514. Unfortunately UP milk is here to stay. But I was under the impression that the sale of raw milk was illegal, even through a CSA by buying parts of a cow…. There is nothing wrong with UHT milk, just like there’s nothing wrong with asparagus no matter how much I dislike it. Whatever, tastes fine to me and I don’t need to buy new milk every week. At UHT levels, 21 of the 26 fatty acids had been significantly changed. I appreciate the supporting the documentation you provided. So soon it will be mad cow, mad pig, mad goat, mad turkey…. Just because you’ve been drinking raw milk for years without any problems just means your number hasn’t been called yet. It is a very good quality milk, it has to be for the heat process to do its work. I do it all the time. In old times children with milk allergies were simply fed the milk from other animals, for example goats. As for UHT milk somehow depleting our gut of its endogenous flora, that is simply untrue. Unless you know someone who will give you the milk, it’s allowed in your state or you own a dairy farm those who live in major cities or like me, Hawaii where it is illegal to sell raw milk let alone has very little dairy cows I won’t have access to it. Action of successive heat treatments in bovine milk fatty acids. There is absolutely nothing harmful about this process. Founder and CEO of Food Renegade, Kristen Michaelis CNC has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2008. No one can thrive on overly cooked and processed milk. Let’s start with pasteurization. Read excerpt below: “We have two people, in California and Pennsylvania, who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome [which can cause paralysis and respiratory failure] after contracting a bacterial infection called campylobacteriosis from drinking raw milk,” says John Sheehan, head of dairy safety at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We specialize in delicious, dairy-based products to give everyone the nutrition they need, but we know our products are only one piece of a much larger purpose. Try to get a European trip together and live that fear of have, you might come back more relaxed and if you work you’ll be paid a minimum of 15 an hour and it’s a 35 hour work week, and family leave, and sick days are not treated with retribution. Not to be mean, just stating some things to think about: The type of milk you drink is a preference. “Ultra” may sound like a good thing, but beware! There is nothing wrong with UHT or pasteurised milk, and it is Safer. Seriously, you people have food paranoia. I was not keen on the flavour but my gran obviously bought it for its lasting ability. Thanks for sharing, I will try to watch out for this when buying my milk from now on. Many believed this was causing the spread of infectious diseases. .you will get germs when you boil it and you will kill them. We have a good read for you to demonstrate how we feel about these subjects you write about. If you ARE then you should think about switching since too much calcium is bad for you. great flavor. What about zoonotic diseases that can be contacted via drinking of raw milk? I see the American producers have think amateur trend on the process. The equipment it’s processed on is carefully sanitized, but it’s still exposed. How come you dont freak out when you buy a jar of pasta sauce, which stays good for years on a shelf? So many things wrong with this opinion piece. I have no clue what they are doing to taste so odd. Cat. Human and cows milk are almost diametrically different, human milk is mostly fat, essential to us because or most important developing organ is the brain. I hope more people find it in their neighborhoods. If it was not so far to buy some Raw Milk, I would be buying it. I’ve had shelf-stable milk in Africa and it tasted exactly the same as regular refrigerated milk in the U.S. Also, there is no such thing as leaky gut syndrome. I have a local farmer who does low temp pasteurized non-homogenized grassfed milk. I can’t find any peer reviewed articles by Lee Dexter. Ed — Yay. In fact, I don’t believe it qualifies as edible food any more. http://greens-n-grains.com/?p=85. Any bacteria tha… I don’t have access to raw milk and it is so hard to even find any that aren’t uht in the grocery stores. JOIN US! Please keep getting out the word about how dangerous the milk we buy in the stores can be. So labels are one thing while knowing WHERE your beef comes from is another. That’s, in fact, one of the main premises behind this blog. It’s possible that there’s a nearby herdshare arrangement where you can get raw milk by buying a share of a cow. No responses from the op either. I, too, believe that UHT milk is dead. Ultra-filtration is one of the newest trends in dairy processing. I was a 70s and 80s kid. No milk in the fridge is UHT. We then chill it, and bottle it in glass bottles. UHT milk in Spain does not taste bad nor does it smell bad. But it’s not in my budget to buy it. Both of these are preferences. I suffer from Crohn’s disease. Also NO ONE has conclusive, sweeping, end all be all long term conclusions on the effects of GMOs, animal products from animals eating GMOs, as well as processed foods. I’m told I got it from bacteria found in milk. This method is rare today; it is used mainly by local and regional creameries. .-= Diana@Spain in Iowa´s last blog post …Giveaway Winners and Things to Come =-. Some of us don’t have a choice in the matter. In europe, refridgerated milk is ‘fresh’, and UHT is on non-refrifgerated shelves. You should be more worried about contracting mastitis and a host of other pathogens from drinking your precious raw milk, than the minor effects UHT processing has on other milks. Yet you will drink it a cow? I like what I have learned about your batch pasteurization and would love to switch to your kiefer. And not the junk sold in America either Thankfully, I live in Asia where soy milk and rice milk is cheap and is everywhere and where it’s sold as it always has been for hundreds of years. Would I choose raw or gently pasteurized milk first? DH mentioned last night that ever since he started drinking raw milk he hasn’t had any IBS issues. It will culture just fine. Good day Koloa, Most food service professionals now this. You’re right — these nutritional choices are a personal decision. I don’t really like the cow milk so I don’t drink much of it, but my daughter, who reacts to conventional milk, can drink the cow milk above with no issues. It tastes absolutely fine to me. I want your email address. I wasn’t sure they would just take my word for how bad it is for you. The protein nutritional quality of Fresh UHT is almost the same as pasteurized (which is in turn almost the same as raw). I worked on a cruise ship with several Italians, and they love their morning cappuccino. I was sent to a Dietitian who made me create a food diary. Also, pasteurization of milk has virtually no effect on the digestibility of casein, according to the published literature I have looked at. The connection between it and cancer of the reproductive organs was established by the late professor Jane Plant et al (the same scientist who discovered the health benefits of Selenium). Just because dairy milk can be a good source of protein and vitamin D doesn't mean you can run out and buy a gallon of any old brand (not if you're trying to make healthy choices, anyway). Not arguing with you here but pointing out the Organic Valley website says: “Pasteurization has no impact on the butterfat molecule. You may very well be getting UHT milk without knowing it. THANK YOU for your comment because I was about to toss mine out and never drink it again because of the whole “If a product will not support microscopic life, it is not likely to support human life” statement. With raw milk, transportation costs are fewer – and even refrigeration costs. You mention not being able to make Yoghurt from UHT Milk. When you hydrolyze a protein, what you’re doing is basically changing the structure of the protein permanently. Hopefully this year I’ll be able to milk one of the girls through so I don’t have to drink the other junk. the central market brand at HEB is non-ultra pasteurized. Which would rather have: ultra-pasteurized milk that kills nearly all bacteria, or an infection of Mycobacterium Avium subspecies Paratuberculosis (MAP), a particularly heat-resistant bacteria found in at least 12% of tested U.S. milk herds and is the suspected cause of Crohn’s Disease, a lifelong, incurable, horribly painful affliction that involves multiple surgeries in which one’s bowel is removed? I wish I could buy Parmalat here so I could keep it on the shelf at work until I need to open it. I’m not saying, this particular author is doing this “intentionally”, I just notice a common theme with alternative nutrition articles and functional medicine articles loosely using scary headlines. Unfortunately raw milk is unavailable here legally (on this Spanish island where I live) – so I have to make my yoghurt and kefir from UHT milk – which I’ve been doing weekly for the past year.. You’ll have to compromise on on flavour. I’m from a country where UHT has been prevalent for decades, and as far as I know, health problems associated with ultra-high temperature processed milk is unheard of. You people are crazy. The reason for this is UHT milk is heated to 72°C (161.6°F) for at least 15 seconds, The longer time at a lower temperature lowers the chances of the milk burning while sterilizing the milk! The A2 Corporation markets their A2 protein milk as healthier for you, yet they subject the proteins to very high temperatures to prolong shelf life. Did you ever consider that drinking milk itself is kinda gross? So I was astonished to read and learn recently how so much milk is treated in the USA by UHT process. Without UHT products, there would have been no fluid milk available that I would have trusted to feed him. I just don’t drink milk at all. Kristin, thank you for bringing to light the realities of UHT milk. Yes. There is nothing wrong with UHT milk products even those products that use radiation preservation I am not in the milk industry and have no vested interest on either side. In fact, more than 80% of the organic milk sold in the U.S. is UHT pasteurized. Thank you. Interesting article. Wow! The author tastes one brand of UHT milk once and now thinks all UHT milk is the worst. We will be picking some up every week while on the way to pick up our organic CSA fruit and veggie shares. On every Navy ship I’ve deployed on, we had UHT milk. There is such a thing as “picking and choosing your battles” and just enjoying your food! makes me drop weight instantly but being indeed addicted to carbs and bread makes me realize first and foremost my addiction, and secondly what my body needs and when it should be hungry. I’m starting to become a believer. After all, it is corn-free, full fat, and readily available. I picked up the Texas Daily Harvest milk at Natural Grocers. Cows can get TB. Once we have a response to your product availability inquiry, we’ll reach out to you via email. Yes the taste is a little different, personally, I like the taste. The protein doesn’t get ‘damaged’; our bodies absorbs the exact same amino acids from the protein whether we cook it or not, whether it is UHT or not. Also while during the 1800s food science has created Pastuerization which indeed helped curb diseases when raw milk used to sit at room temperature for DAYS. That’s when I saw it. The components of raw milk are extremely fragile. First there is no official regulation on contrast to Europe or some countries in south America. We spent a great deal of time eliminating possible causes, thought in terms of an allergy or food toxin or some transmitted disease, but discovered that a UHT low-fat milk we were using in tea was the cause when my young daughter drank a glass instead of the whole milk we were using for drinking. I’m angry because I was not informed of this on the container. Raw, generally not sold in supermarkets, fresh pasturised in full cream, 2% or fat free, which only lasts a couple of days in the fridge, and the same three choices of long life (your UHT) and lactose free, usually soya milk. Studies in London show that UHT. I know that I’m not “lactose intolerant” as yoghurt and cheese are not giving me any problem at any time, so, after reading your blog (I just thought “I knew it!”) I’m not really sure about: When I buy vegetables in Ireland, they look like vegetable but certainly do not taste like one . Ultra-pasteurized (UP) milk is heated to a minimum of 280° F and held for 2 seconds, while ultra-high temperature (UHT) milk is heated to temperatures between 275° and 300° F. Both of these methods use commercially sterile equipment to produce a shelf-stable product that does not require refrigeration before opening. Author has no clue how UHT processing works. I guess that’s another whole can of worms, isn’t it? Who would do that? After being healthy my entire life, a few years back my family and I began to get flu-like symptoms and a low-grade fever, a situation that lasted for months. When you hydrolyze a protein, what you’re doing is basically changing the structure of the protein permanently. If you ever come over to Scotland, stop by for some lovely milk..! When the world’s foremost UHT milk processor, Parmalat, first introduced UHT milk to the U.S. market back in 1993, they hit a snag. I feel physically sick after consuming UHT milk I drink full cream whole milk without any problems. I can enjoy raw an Uht milk… both are god. Or I can drive two hours for raw. The alternative was a choice of many UHT suppliers (1/2 an aisle). Here in Pakistan the coming up trend is Fresh Pasteurized Milk and UHT consumption is going down day by day. My dilemma is how to make our lattés without pasteurizing the milk. Fear-mongering around food topics is high these days and it needs to stop. Starbucks compitors are not so stupud. Which means you ultimately cannot claim it is good or bad and means we are unfortunately using our bodies as testing grounds. Not to mention all the other bacteria that we were never meant to handle. I have been useing a 2% UHT milk for more than 3 years and do not find any difference from the 2% milk we drank in the U.S. I SMH!!!!!! If we want to believe we’re a country that has food freedom we need to change ourselves. I had no idea New Horizons used the same pasteurization methods as paramalat. Be cautious in third world countries, ensure it is pasturised. Refrigeration in many parts of the world is not always as effective at getting and keeping dairy products at the desired, ideal temperature for freshness and food safety. Cow’s milk (organic or non, pasteurized or raw) is in no way a ‘necessary’ thing for anyone’s health, or most of the world would’ve died off from lack of it thousands of years ago (see Africa and most of Asia). I hope access to raw dairy locally just continues to spread.. so many local economies in so many states would benefit, quite beyond the health benefits. If everyone went back to raw milk all of these diseases would return. You would do better to really inform people of the facts. Im just amazed at how the internet facilitates anyone with a computer to blab nonsense about subjects they have no inkling about. Your allergy doctor should tell you these kind of things, but often don’t. – Will the regular pasteurized or boiled milk have the same problems that ultra pasteurized milk has? I’ve been making yogurt for the last 3 years using UHT milk. Our band of miscreants dares to challenge politically-correct nutrition. It doesn’t sell as fast as the less expensive milk and therefore a longer shelf life is required. Local and raw only for me. So you’re choosing your poison, that’s all. 3 days out of date we stopped drinking it but left it in the fridge. Helen If they are young, they exclaim that they have never tasted milk this good. There is honestly nothing wrong with UHT milk. And, yes, FunFacts, there is a condition called leaky gut syndrome. Cow’s milk is NOT for humans. Allergy 2008: 63: 882–890. 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