Proponents of raw milk claim it offers unique health benefits you won't get from normal milk. In case you were wondering, drinking raw milk is not recommended by public health officials. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention warns that consuming the stuff can pose a "serious health risk" -- that is, it can be riddled with harmful, food borne illness-causing bacteria and parasites like Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria.
"These harmful bacteria can seriously affect the health of anyone who drinks raw milk, or eats foods made from raw milk. However, the bacteria in raw milk can be especially dangerous to people with weakened immune systems, older adults, pregnant women, and children," the CDC said (emphasis theirs). "In fact, the CDC analysis found that foodborne illness from raw milk especially affected children and teenagers."