European Study Shows Connection Between Consumption of Raw Milk and Lower Infections in Children

Raw milk opponents and doctors strongly warn against the consumption of unpasteurized milk for infants, children and pregnant women, arguing that these individuals are more susceptible to illnesses that raw milk could cause. However, a new study that took place across Austria, Finland, France, Germany and Switzerland shows a connection between the consumption of raw milk and lowered rates of colds and infections among children. This study clearly relates Raw milk and lower infections in children.

The study, detailed in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, aimed to assess the effects of consumption of raw vs. boiled vs. industrially processed milks on common infections (including coughing, runny nose, fever, ear infection or diarrhea) in babies’ first year of life.

Women from rural areas (about half of the women lived and worked on livestock farms) were recruited during their third trimester of pregnancy and detailed their children’s consumption and lifestyle changes in weekly diaries. A total of 983 children completed the study.

“The main finding of this analysis was an inverse association between consumption of unprocessed cow’s milk and rhinitis [cold or runny nose], RTI [respiratory tract infections], and otitis [ear infection]. The effect was strongest when cow’s milk was consumed raw; boiled farm milk exhibited an attenuated effect.”

This study shows that “…we are now not talking about asthma and allergies, but fever and infections in young children. It means there is additional new evidence that raw milk is a protective agent in infectious diseases in young children,” says Prof. Dr. Ton Baars, a senior scientist for milk quality and animal welfare at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture in Germany.

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3 thoughts on “European Study Shows Connection Between Consumption of Raw Milk and Lower Infections in Children

  1. This study may be true but it will not be accepted easily. According to me surrounding atmosphere of children play great role that children will be effected by raw milk or not. A village boy will not be effected by raw milk because his antibiotic efficiency is more strong than a urban boy.

  2. Unfortunately, the way you have mounted this on Facebook leaves only a negative message to those who do not click on Read More. The opening salvo should be positive if we want to convert people!

  3. I will have to let my children know that I possibly endangered their lives, feeding raw goats milk and cows milk (preferred goats milk) These now 30+ children are strong healthy and my 32yr old son is free of cavities, non what so ever!! Although my other children did not score so well they still are way below what is considered normal. I was told as a young mother that raw milk would destroy their teeth.
    I have also heard that some people are trying raw milk for the condition called Crohns disease with some success. Unfortunately can’t point you to exactly where I read this but I am sure if you google it you will find it. I believe with good management of a dairy herd we can enjoy raw milk without risk, although it won’t last on the grocery shelf for two weeks or more because it has had the “crap” cooked out of it.

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