The Pasteurized Foods You Should Consider Avoiding and the Healthy Reasons Why
Have you been taught that pasteurization is good for you?
Many proponents of pasteurization claim that it kills harmful bacteria without damaging food.
But newer research indicates that may not be the case.1 Read on to learn more about how pasteurized products may do more harm than good.
What is Pasteurization?
Pasteurization is a process that heats liquids and foods to kill viruses and harmful organisms.
Louis Pasteur invented pasteurization in the 1860’s at a time when food production and storage were not nearly as sanitized as they are today.
Food (whether un-pasteurized or not) produced and stored in unsanitary conditions is what actually causes disease.
Unfortunately, the high temperatures of the pasteurization process2:
- Do not kill ALL harmful micro-organisms
- Destroy active enzymes in food
- Diminish the vitamin content of food
- Denature fragile milk proteins
- Kill beneficial bacteria
Pasteurization actually “kills” food and makes it less nutritious.
The Weston A. Price Foundation has even linked pasteurized milk to health problems including allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.2
Dead Food v. Living Food
What’s the difference between dead food and live food?
According to Dr. Edward Howell, food heated above 118 degrees will destroy enzymes.3
- Give you energy
- Have beneficial enzymes
- Retain most of their vitamins
- Have been used effectively to treat disease4
Live foods are very important to the Body Ecology system of health and healing, and we recommend eating live foods, as long as they support your health and wellness.
Raw, living foods have healthy enzymes that help you digest food. If you struggle to break down your food, then try Body Ecology’s Assist Enzymes for Dairy & Protein for maximum nutrition from your food.
Pasteurized Foods that Seem “Healthy”
Here are some common pasteurized foods that may seem “healthy,” but are actually missing key enzymes and nutrients to keep you at your healthy best:
- Commercial sauerkraut
- Eggs and Egg Beaters (read how to choose healthy eggs)
These foods are best eaten live because they retain their original nutrients.
The Benefits of Raw Foods
Cooking food can be just as healthy as eating food raw, in some cases and for certain health conditions.
But this does NOT apply in the case of pasteurization, when foods are over-heated and most of what we dearly need is killed.
Our modern lifestyle, filled with stress, processed foods, environmental toxins and prescription and over-the-counter drugs is already killing the healthy enzymes and microflora we need to keep our immunity strong.
Eating raw foods is a great way to help your body regain what has been lost, giving your immunity a fighting chance.
Raw Dairy Products
Raw dairy products (from cows eating fresh grass, NOT silage) contain plenty of essential fatty acids, substances that can help you build muscle mass and lose body fat!5
These fatty acids also stimulate your immune system and protect against disease.
Read The Powerful Anti-Carcinogen known as “CLA” & Your Best Sources of this Healthy Fat to learn more about how to get more essential fatty acids in your diet.
We recommend avoidance of dairy products containing casein in the early stages of the Body Ecology diet. But you may be a good candidate for dairy foods such as kefir, yogurt, and even some raw cheeses IF your intestinal lining is healthy and IF you have diary-loving beneficial bacteria and yeast living inside you in your inner ecosystem. If you love dairy foods and want to see if they are right for you, then introduce only one of these foods slowly and in small amounts. Give the microflora in your intestines time to accustom to this new food. Then slowly increase the amount you eat until you can digest it efficiently.
Remember the Principle of Uniqueness: each person is different. You may have been told you are lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy foods. But raw organic dairy products might be fine if they are fermented properly. The milk protein casein is a difficult protein to digest, so first heal your digestion by following stage one of the Body Ecology Program.
To help you digest dairy, try Assist Enzymes for Dairy & Protein. These digestive enzymes will help you break down the casein in milk and other protein-rich foods.
Young Coconut Kefir and CocoBiotic are delicious probiotic drinks that also help add dairy loving bacteria to your body so that eventually, you may be able to tolerate raw dairy products, like milk kefir.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw, organic apple cider vinegar is a naturally fermented liquid that balances your blood’s pH levels, acts as a prebiotic and cleanses your system. Centuries ago it was used to guard against infection.6
You can add 2 ounces of vinegar to water for a purifying drink in the morning.
You might also like to sip a small amount of the same mixture during meals. This is especially helpful for digesting animal protein.
The raw vinegar acts as a natural digestive enzyme!
Because of salmonella outbreaks traced to raw almonds in the 2000’s, the USDA made it mandatory in 2007 to pasteurize almonds, along with the Almond Board of California, which oversees the production and distribution of the majority of the almonds sold in the US and Canada. May seem like a good move, however, there’s a major downside. California can use propylene oxide (PPO) when pasteurizing – PPO, according to the National Toxicology Program’s 14th Report on Carcinogens, is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”7
Be sure to examine your almond sources so that you find true, raw almonds.
It’s time to rethink the whole concept of irradiating and pasteurizing our foods to kill bacteria. With today’s refrigeration and sanitary conditions, we are not at risk like our ancestors were in the past.
If our foods are grown in healthy soils, if our animals are cared for properly, and if we build healthy inner ecosystems in our intestines to protect us against the bad guys, we should be able to obtain the nutrients and enzymes our bodies need to thrive without the need for pasteurization. Pasteur didn’t know this at the time.
In summary, raw, live foods can be a wonderful way to energize your body and benefit from the life-giving properties of real, life-giving whole foods. Pasteurized foods, on the other hand, may be less nutritious.
Your Body Ecology lifestyle can incorporate a healthy balance of raw foods, especially raw dairy products, apple cider vinegar, and almonds, as you continue your journey on the path of wellness.
1. Edwards, Rebekah. “9 Myths of Pasteurization (or Homogenization) + Better Options.” DrAxe.com
2. What is Real Milk? WestonAPrice.org.
3. Morgan, Robert. “At What Temperature Are Enzymes in Raw Food Destroyed?” Caloriebee.com
4. Cunningham, Eleese. What is a raw foods diet and are there any risks or benefits associated with it? Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Volume 104, Issue 10, 1623.
5. Axe, Josh. “Raw Milk Benefits Skin, Allergies and Immunity”. DrAxe.com
6. Bragg, Patricia, “An Apple Cider Vinegar a Day,” Bragg.com.
7. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Toxicology Program. 14th Report on Carcinogens. Ntp.niehs.nih.gov