I wouldn’t say pasteurization is bad for you, but it’s not super good for you either. The process kills bacteria that would otherwise be very harmful, which is good. But it doesn’t distinguish between good and bad bacteria and ends up killing both, which is bad. So the end result is neutral. Althought it destroys a lot of nutrients, it kills off things that can harm you. Pasteurized milk is still very nutritious.
Like pauleen said, pasteurization kills bacteria–both good bacteria that helps your digestion and immune system and harmful bacteria that attacks your body. When milk is pasteurized, it is heated it to 161 F for 15 seconds. If you want to retain the healthy bacteria found in unpasteurized milk, you must make sure that it is fresh and clean!
Pasteurized milk might not directly harm you, but raw milk is believed by many to be healthier for you. Raw, or unpasteurized milk, has more amino acids and enzymes in it which are essential to a healthy functioning body. Raw milk also has more butterfat, which contains fatty acids that are beneficial to your immune system and help protect your body from disease. According to an article published on Huffington Post, the pasteurization process reduces the health benefits of milk by lowering vitamin content and killing good bacteria and enzymes and can have harmful effects associated with tooth decay, osteoporosis, heart disease and cancer.
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