food  safety


Question by  Saviour (4)

What is pasteurized milk versus non pasteurized milk?

I do not understand the importance of drinking pasteurized milk.


Answer by  bl834 (1317)

Basically all pasteurization does is slow microbial growth by heating the liquid to 80 degrees Celcius (176 degrees Fahrenheit). This is different from sterilization which attempts to kill & remove all microbes. Since pasteurized milk isn't heated as much as sterilized milk, it tastes closer to "raw" while being less likely to cause illness and is a less expensive process.


Answer by  SallyJ64 (3121)

Pasteurizing milk is a heating technique that increases the shelf life of the milk. It's not better for you, some will argue that it looses nutritional value in the process.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

Pasturized milk is extremly important if you drink unpasturized milk any bacteria that came from the cow or anything that may have been left in the tank.


Answer by  LexiP (722)

The process of pasteurization kills a lot of the bacteria that could be harmful for human consumption. It makes it safe to drink for pretty much everyone except those with milk allergies or lactose intolerance.

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