foods that help digestion . . . part 5
Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: What are foods that help digestion? Some raw foodists eat raw meat. Raw meat and milk have enzymes, so aren’t they good foods?
Answer: We’ll leave the Oxford/Cornell China Project out of this discussion, which shows that animal protein causes many diseases. (The primary author of that pivotal study, Dr. Campbell, told me he did not study predigested or fermented milk products, such as kefir or yogurt.) Raw milk has over 35 enzymes. If you’re going to use dairy products or milk, raw certainly has those many advantages over pasteurized. One very old study showed the highest morbidity (death) rate in newborns drinking pasteurized cow milk, a much improved rate for those drinking raw milk, and higher still for those who were fortunate to be breastfed by their mothers.
However, you run many bacterial risks with the way milk and meat will be raised, handled, and transported to you. Meat in particular is troublesome, and I would not recommend eating it raw, even if you go to all the trouble of finding truly range-fed, organic chickens or beef. The shockingly lax U.S. standards for poultry allow virtually anything to be legally given labels like “natural” and “range fed.” We can obtain live enzymes through plant food, much more safely.
That said, I believe much evidence shows kefir or yogurt to be an excellent food with its natural probiotics. If you can find a source you trust of raw milk, and can obtain kefir grains, you can use the raw milk and predigest the casein proteins with the action of the live kefir grains. Raw goat milk is preferable to cow milk, with its smaller fat molecule that is not mucous forming like cow milk is. (Vegans can make kefir with coconut liquid.)
I’m visiting my grampa in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, for the rest of the week and may be offline. (He is in a home, and I am flying out with my aunt.) After that I’ll talk about what enzymes supplements to take. Happy Thanksgiving!