Prevention Magazine Weighs Pros and Cons of Raw Milk

Prevention, a popular women’s magazine that covers a range of health and beauty topics, recently published an article weighing the risks and benefits of raw milk.

Should You Drink Raw Milk?” examines raw milk in the context of other of-the-moment health foods like kimchi, kombucha and chia seeds. The author explains to her audience what exactly is raw milk, why the CDC and FDA urge people not to drink it, what are the health benefits that raw milk advocates claim it has, and if there are any raw milk alternatives.

This is not the first time that raw milk has entered mainstream discussion through credible national outlets like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. While Prevention ultimately takes a middle-of-the-road position by stating raw milk is a “try at your own risk” lifestyle choice, its addition to mainstream discussion is a positive step forward for raw milk advocates wishing to spread the message of raw milk’s benefits. is a consumer education project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Visit their website,

10 thoughts on “Prevention Magazine Weighs Pros and Cons of Raw Milk

  1. There are some certified farms in New Zealand that sell raw milk. Im still skeptical of the fertilizers farmers may use or medication given that would infect the quality

  2. I’ve been in the health and fitness business for over 20 years and am a Master Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist, “raw milk is one of the healthiest foods I know,” I cannot say that at all of pasteurized crap. Most of the health problems such as lactose intolerance came after they started changing milk prior to consumption and to claim it improves it, is a straight out industrialized lie by an FDA that pays little attention to the things that are really poisoning and killing people

  3. My son has Autism. He didn’t say a single word until he was 3 1/2 yrs old. We took him off pasteurized milk when he was 3 1/2 and started him on Raw milk and 9 days later he started talking. He’s now 5 1/2 yrs old and we tested our theory that it was the milk that did it about 2mo. ago. We started him on Pasteurized milk again. With in a week he was having very aggressive outbursts at school and was flapping his hands about 1/2 the day. When we took him back off Pasteurized milk again he stopped all of that again. We could have had him drink Almond milk but he won’t drink it very well AND it has less Vitamins than milk does.

  4. My family and I and most of our friends have been drinking raw(real living)milk most of our lives.It’s not rocket science,healthy animals,clean handling,you wouldn’t drink water out of a stagnant dirty pool either. Having worked in three large commercial dairies,I could tell you some scary stories,The CDC should be warning folks about drinking store milk.One dairy I worked on,milking,was so unsanitary that I had our milk delivered to our house,we lived at the dairy,from a Mennonite dairy up the road.Then we got goats.

  5. What is with these people when they feel they have to talk about the risks of raw milk. Don’t they get it ? Raw is Natural! Anything wholesome and natural is good for out health. Raw is good,,just like eating a raw banana.

    • There are risks to any food, including raw milk, but it is one of the lower risk foods tracked by the CDC (despite their stance that it’s one of the riskiest). Safe handling practices are important. Farmers should be educated on how to manage and feed their herds, clean udders prior to milking, immediately chill and hold milk at a safe temperature, etc.

  6. Prevention used to be a useful and interesting magazine when I.J. Rodale and Robert Rodale were in charge. They were leaders in organic gardening and farming. So sad to see it called (correctly, I think) a women’s magazine. I gave up my subscription years ago, when they began to become … what they are today.

  7. Raw milk has really reduced my allergy suffering. Nobody ever talks about it, instead they complain bitterly about pollen allergies this time of the year. Strangely, whenever I tell sufferers about the raw milk, they look at me crosseyed as though I was suggesting they commit suicide. I guess they would rather have the allergies than drink raw milk.

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