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Foods to Fight Asthma and Allergies—What Works and What Doesn’t (Page 4)

Raw Milk to Relieve Asthma and Allergies? Not a Good Idea.

Raw Milk to Relieve Asthma and Allergies? Not a Good Idea.

It’s still too early to tell if raw milk lives up to its purported benefits in the realm of relieving allergy and asthma symptoms, but there are real risks to consuming raw-milk products. According to the Centers for Disease Control, raw-milk-related pathogen outbreaks accounted for more than 1,000 illnesses, more than 100 hospitalizations and two deaths between 1998 and 2005. Catherine W. Donnelly, Ph.D., a food microbiologist at the University of Vermont, believes the dangers cancel out any potential nutritional benefits. “Of particular concern is Listeria [a bacterium that results in a foodborne illness, listeriosis], which has a 30 percent mortality rate,” Donnelly warns. “If raw milk is your choice, it’s buyer beware.”

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