Health & Spirit

Raw Deal

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Proponents of raw milk like to describe it as a "living food," which is to say that the pasteurization process used in most commercially sold milk hasn't destroyed raw milk's heat-sensitive enzymes, vitamins and beneficial bacteria.

But that lack of pasteurization also means bad bacteria survive too. A recent CDC report looked at a 2016 outbreak of Campylobacter jejunibacteria, which can cause severe gastrointestinal problems and is resistant to several antibiotics, that was linked to raw milk from a Colorado dairy. At least 17 people who drank the raw milk became sick; 12 with C. jejuni.

The CDC calls raw milk a "risky rood." Maybe "raw water" too. A recent trend is drinking water, straight from a spring or natural source, that has not been filtered or treated in any way. Advocates say raw water retains key minerals that would be removed by processing. Supposedly it's also tastier. Critics say raw water may also contains chemicals from pesticides, dangerous microbes and perhaps animal fecal matter.

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A Burger King double whopper with small fries (but hold the mayo, we're trying to be healthy here) contains 1,140 calories, 567 from fat. It has 63 grams of total fat or 97 percent of the recommended total fat intake for a 2,000-calorie daily diet. Yikes!

It also contains 170 milligrams of cholesterol (57 percent); 1,790 mg of sodium (75 percent); 82 grams of total carbohydrates (27 percent); 6 g of dietary fiber (24 percent); 11 g of sugar and 60 g of protein. Yikes multiplied!


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