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Are there cheese that should be avoided in paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 02, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I have been paleo for four weeks now and have avoided all kinds of cheese thinking it is a big no no But the more i read and the millions of recipies on the internet include cheese. Some books include cheese and some say avoid all dairy. I am so confused. So if i can include cheese in my diet are there good cheeses and cheeses that should be avoided or can i eat any cheeses i want?

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on November 27, 2013
at 09:32 AM

Good Edam - real as opposed to a commercial copy - is allowed to age and is a hard cheese, high in vitamin K. Delicious! Sadly, now made with semi skimmed milk instead of full fat.

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on October 03, 2012
at 12:30 PM

Velveeta comes to mind. And that spray can cheese stuff. Maybe anything that says "cheese food" should be avoided. And Cheetos.

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on October 03, 2012
at 07:10 AM

ah yes dairy does agree with me.

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on October 03, 2012
at 07:08 AM

I am off now to buy some very vintage cheddar...

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on October 03, 2012
at 07:05 AM

Thanks Matt. I had it on caps to do some work and forgot to turn it off.

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on October 03, 2012
at 01:23 AM

I tend to eschew most cheese. Quality not quantity. I love fresh goat chevre, parmesan, blue cheese, and some artisan gouda.

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Fixed the eye-bleeding caps-lock block of text. (There's probably an app for that, but I used this website: http://www.convertcase.net/)

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:09 AM

Lower lactose options include hard cheeses like cheddar, parmesan. But some soft cheeses are also lower lactose, like feta, Emmental and swiss cheese. Basically the heavily fermented/aged ones. I think if your really avoiding lactose, the main stuff to avoid is the main commercial soft cheeses like edam. If your very lactose intolerant, youll need to stick to cheddar thans been aged for around 2 years.

Personally I seem to do well on anything not overly high in lactose, including greek yogurt. Mind you, I do find lower lactose cheeses better.

If your avoiding casien, on the other hand, you need goats milk products, not cows. And if your problem is whey, or other proteins, then you probably cant do any dairy.

In depends on how you personally respond to dairy - its an individual call. Its genetic. Its not strict paleo, it is "primal" however, and its the most common exception (because of how similar the nutrition of milk is to other animal products)

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on November 27, 2013
at 09:32 AM

Good Edam - real as opposed to a commercial copy - is allowed to age and is a hard cheese, high in vitamin K. Delicious! Sadly, now made with semi skimmed milk instead of full fat.

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on October 02, 2012
at 11:12 PM

Whether or not you 'do' cheese or not, depends on you individually. Does dairy agree with you? Does cheese agree with you? There's no one-size-fits-all answer. The one-size-fits-all solution touted in paleo is to avoid it, but cheese is damn tasty and well-tolerated by most.

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on October 03, 2012
at 01:23 AM

I tend to eschew most cheese. Quality not quantity. I love fresh goat chevre, parmesan, blue cheese, and some artisan gouda.

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on October 03, 2012
at 07:10 AM

ah yes dairy does agree with me.

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on October 02, 2012
at 11:59 PM

Cheese is amazing. Enjoy as long as it doesn't cause any negative effects.

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on October 02, 2012
at 11:20 PM

Agree that dairy is individual. Some people have problems with lactose intolerance, whey, and/or casein. I find that I do ok with hard cheeses, such as cheddar, and tolerate sheep and goat yogurt just fine.

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on November 27, 2013
at 11:30 AM

One thing to add to this thread, a while ago, I've learned that blue cheeses are made moldy by using bread, so they may contain some small amount of gluten.

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on November 27, 2013
at 09:02 AM

I was searching for the same thing, so this link should help you.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cheese-unhealthy/#axzz2lpgkvomq

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on March 05, 2013
at 06:30 PM

There are a few grass-fed cow cheeses you can find in stores though they are pasteurized. Examples I can think of are Kerry Gold from Ireland. If anyone knows of any others, let me know. The best would be a grass-fed non-pasteurized goat cheese. I doubt many would have any problems with that.

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on October 03, 2012
at 10:00 AM

I'm one of the ones with casein issues. I can do goat, sheep, and buffalo cheeses without issue, but cow's milk, even from raw milk causes acid reflux for me. Even had reactions to some whey powders, but to a far lesser extent.

Took me quite a while to figure this out and it was a bunch of experiments with quite a bit of pain along the way, but to be able to eat cheese again is awesome.

I don't know how optimal it is, but I can tell you than eating a chunk of buffalo mozzarella on an empty stomach, I immediately feel awesome. (There were a few podcasts with Dave Asprey that mentioned that consuming whey can raise glutathione levels.) I even drank the water it was in in hopes that the whey was there. (This is an imported buffalo mozzarella in water, from pasteurized buffalo milk.) I don't know how much whey is left in it, but the effect I got from it is very interesting. The closest thing I can relate to is from eating lamb, this wave of calm happiness and well being...

It probably was a placebo effect from just being able to eat cheese again, but then, I didn't get the same thing from eating hard sheep's cheese from the farmer's market, thought that stuff was delicious and wonderful, had no discernible positive or negative health effects. But certainly, any cheese I'd consume from cow's milk would trigger acid reflux at night.

I rarely do dairy otherwise, though I do have some home made goat's milk kefir in the back of the fridge that I have less than one cup a month of. I don't want to cause an allergy to other kinds of animal dairy, so I rarely have it.

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:36 AM

I choose to eat dairy-free, & I feel much better since. My digestion 'makes more sense' and my skin is better. I intended to only give it up for 10 days (during Summer Solstice) but never went back. If you can do without, I say do without, but yeah, it's up to you! <3

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on October 03, 2012
at 01:58 AM

i believe its called "primal" if you eat cheese :) yumm sweet sweet cheese.

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on October 02, 2012
at 11:52 PM

I second the hard cheeses. I am lactose-intolerant in general, but the harder cheeses don't seem to bother me nearly as much in moderation. Feta also works well if I feel like something a little different in a salad.

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on October 02, 2012
at 11:52 PM

All of them. Well the harder the cheese the less of a problem they tend to be.

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on October 03, 2012
at 07:08 AM

I am off now to buy some very vintage cheddar...

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