Armie Hammer drank goat milk straight from the teat, and an expert said 'this should never be done'

Business Insider | 12/6/2019 | Gabby Landsverk
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Bear Grylls recently made Armie Hammer drink milk straight from a goat on his adventure show "Running Wild." The actor reportedly loved it.

Raw milk can contain dangerous pathogens like salmonella that can make you sick, experts told Insider. This is especially true if you're drinking it directly from an animal's body.

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While raw milk proponents say raw or "fresh" milk is healthier, in reality, pasteurized milk has no fewer nutrients.

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On last week's National Geographic Channel show "Running Wild," famed adventurer Bear Grylls tracked down a wild goat — and then offered its milk, straight from the teat, to his unsuspecting guest Armie Hammer. The "Call Me By Your Name" star was a good sport, and even said the milk was "delicious."

Although Grylls and Hammer chuckled over the absurdity of drinking from a clearly disgruntled wild goat, food safety experts told Insider the illnesses you can pick up from raw milk are more likely to leaving your vomitting.

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"I would definitely not advise drinking milk directly from the goat," Austin Publicover, a certified food safety professional, told Insider.

Milk right from the animal, whether called "fresh" or "raw," hasn't been pasteurized, or heat-treated to destroy pathogens. That means it can contain a whole buffet of harmful bacteria like Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria and Campylobacter, according to Tamika Sims of the International Food Information Council Foundation.

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"Raw milk is likely to be contaminated with dangerous microbes that cannot be smelled, seen, or tasted," she told Insider. "And these contaminants can cause serious illnesses." This is true of both goat milk as well as cow's milk, she added.

Not everyone who drinks raw milk will get sick, but doing so is considered "high risk" because these bacteria cause the symptoms we typically associate with food poisoning like...
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