So the folks from Feliciana's Best Creamery, Mike and Patty Brian, run a vertically integrated milk operation where they own the cows and the processing and bottling equipment, to produce delicious local milk for you, their customer. We wanted to take the time to discuss why their milk is not only delightfully delicious but also extremely nourishing for you and your family. If you drive to Mike's family-run farm, you'll find free-roaming cows grazing on grass (see image below) - According to World's Heathiest Foods (www.whfoods.com), grass feeding improves the quality of cow's milk, and makes the milk richer in omega-3 fats, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and CLA (a beneficial fatty acid). Plus, THEIR COWS ARE NEVER FED ANY HORMONES OR ANTIBIOTICS.
Not only is Mike's milk derived from cows that are raised primarily on natural pastures, but during processing, their milk is pasteurized at a lower temperature. The chart below shows the health benefits of consuming low-temperature pasteurized milk.
Further, the milk that is bottled is not homogenized - Homogenization takes any milk with cream (Whole, 2%) and breaks down the cream particles so that they are the same size as the rest of the milk. This allows for the milk to have an even consistency (no cream rising to the top of the milk). There are 2 camps about the homogenization of milk out there: One camp (like Dr. Kurt Oster) believes that homogenization actually increases the risk of heart disease, their argument being when the milk is homogenized, the fats in these smaller cream particles are abosrbed through the stomach lining of our body and go straight into our blood stream and deposit in our arteries while non-homogenized milk allows these fats to get digested in the stomach and be used for energy and nutrients. In the other camp, there are several studies that assert, in layman's terms, that correlation does not equal causation (like Dr. Andrew J. Clifford from UC Davis).
OUR THOUGHTS: Non-homogenized milk from Feliciana's Best Creamery just tastes super creamy and delicious. Way creamier than homogenized milk. If there are any additional health benefits...well that's lagniappe! So the next time you see cream in the milk, just dip your finger in it and relish the healthy goodness that Mike and Patty Brian work so hard to provide for you and your family (seriously....it tastes like fresh whipped cream).