I noticed a significant difference right off the bat when I switched to raw, whole milk.
I've never been a fan of milk as a rule and have to make sure I get enough calcium in my diet because of that. Even as a kid, I always hated the taste and small of it and cannot gag down a glass of it to this day. I always put chocolate flavor in it or have it on cereal. For that reason, most dairy I consume came from cheese or yogurt for most of my life. I started buying Meyenberg goat milk and did better with that than with the cows milk as far as liking it better and using more. Then I discovered raw cows milk on a trip to Idaho.
I was hooked right off the bat. I still don't drink it plain, but that creamy wonderful goodness brought back memories of when I was a kid and we used to get milk and cream from a local dairy. No doubt, it's a different flavor and quality than what passes for milk in the store these days. So - when I got home, I found myself actually craving that good milk.I mean, flat-out "gotta have it now" craving. I found a local, inspected and liscenced dairy near my home and that's where I buy milk now.
This milk is whole and raw. It seems to have a high content of cream and my consumption of it has gone way up. I average over a pint a day now. In spite of this, I have lost weight. People say it's because of the enzymes and good bacteria and other natural qualities in the milk. Maybe so. I also think that because it tastes so good, I will often have a glass of choc milk or make a rice pudding and be satisfied with that instead of picking and snacking. I don't crave other foods like I did, so even though I'm getting significant calories with the milk I think my actual daily calories have decreased because the milk satisfies my appetite.
I have one big theory as to why this milk has the side effect of weight loss. The grocery store milk always claims that "'our farmers pledge no rBST'" Well a pledge is a promise, not a guarantee. Some farmers lie and there is no law that requires them to guarantee anything about whether theres rBST in the milk or not. I live where there are a lot of dairy farms and I'll tell you right now that the biggest farm DOES use rBST even though they deny it. The other farmers get mad because they stay honest and don't use it but the milk all goes into the same truck as the big farm and gets processed right along with the rest. So....even though most of the farmers keep the promise, one big farm lies about it. They can deny it all they want, but when they are milking the same cow three times a day - well that's a dead giveaway. Those girls have been treated allright. Word travels in the farming community.
I do think the rBST messes with some people. My weight gain is almost all related to hormones and perimenopause. I did not set out to lose weight, I just liked the milk and craved it. BTW I'm not pregnant, it was just a craving. Since I started buying this raw milk from the small farmer - my symptoms have all but vanished, the weight gain along with it. I want to point out that the difference was almost immediate too. This small farm bottles their own milk from their cows, so it does not get mixed with milk from other farms like the grocery store milk does. I still love cheese, but consume a lot less of it, I make my own yogurt from the raw milk. So, my own consumption of rBST has probably decreased a lot. Something to think about.
Raw milk comes with some risks. Cows are not real tidy creatures, even the cleanest farm can have contamination happen, that's why we invented pasturization in the first place. I think we need to remember that when we choose to go with raw. There are some nasty bugs and resistant strains out there so think about it before you do it. The farm I work with keeps a list of raw customers so that they can notify if there is a problem. I feel good about this farm, recognize the risks and feel like the rBST is a greater danger to my health than the risk of bacteria. So yes, I'm sold on raw but if you are thinking about it, educate yourself and get it from the cleanest farm that you can find.