heavy cream ok?

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Created February 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

I get so confused about not having dairy, but then it is ok to have heavy grass-fed cream? why is that ok, and not full fat yogurt, milk, etc? or is it just an individual's choice?



on February 23, 2013
at 12:05 PM

This has been asked a hundred times before.



on February 22, 2013
at 06:26 PM

who said there was anything wrong with yogurt? there's nothing wrong with milk in general. ignore the nay sayers. as long as you don't get negative reactions to it you'll be fine. although it's preferrable to have raw pastured dairy over anything else.

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on February 22, 2013
at 09:34 PM

Milkfat isn't problematic for most people, but casein and lactose can be. And of course grass-fed is most healthful.

Few have problems with ghee, pure fat More have problems with butter, somewhat less fat than ghee. Yet more have problems with heavy cream, somewhat less fat than butter. Yet more have problems with whole milk yogurt and cheese, which has lots of casein but not much lactose. Yet more have problems with raw whole milk, which have casein and lactose, but also have the enzyme that helps digest lactose. Etc.

You could fall anywhere on the spectrum. You may handle all, or none, or just the top few. The list isn't linear, so you may handle something lower down on the list but not something higher up. You just have to experiment.

Me, I eat (grass-fed) butter, heavy cream and, occasionally, full-fat yogurt and cheese. I sometimes notice that I can't breath through my nose at bedtime if I have too much dairy, but that's about it. YMMV.


on February 23, 2013
at 03:18 AM

The anti-dairy crowds will have their say.

Of all liquid 'milk' products, heavy cream has the most fat and the least carbohydrate (especialy lactose).

So, if YOU are alright with milk products 'philosophically' cream is better than whole milk, which is better than skimmed milk. Less fat=more carbs.

Yoghurt is better than milk because the culture literally eats the lactose before you eat the yoghurt. Khefir is said to do the same.

Different approaches have different views of dairy. While not quite paleothilic, dairy goes back a LONG way in human diets.



on February 22, 2013
at 06:19 PM

It depends on whether or not you eat Primal or Paleo. Primal - yay dairy fat! Paleo - no dairy at all.

If you don't have any lactose/casein issues, why not have it?


on February 23, 2013
at 10:05 AM

Beyond the blind "it just isn't paleo argument" the concern is that it does bother many people perhaps in ways they don't even realize. Just because you don't have to run to the bathroom after consuming dairy does not mean you don't have a problem and it can impact you in other less obvious ways or compound other issues. If weight loss is you goal then you may want to avoid dairy or at least limit it.


on February 22, 2013
at 06:20 PM

Paleo tries to stay away from Pasteurized dairy as far as I know. But there are also a large amount of people that consume dairy, more specifically "real cheese", in lieu of the fact that it comes from an animal, and, before the pasteurizing process, is natural.

I wouldn't go full on dairy mode, but know that it's a lot less criticized than wheat and processed foods. Also, check your tolerance. If you feel fine after eating/drinking dairy, then you should be okay.

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