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How much dairy is ok?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 29, 2012 at 11:47 PM

I know the obvious answer is "It's different for everyone", but I'm just trying to figure out what the right balance is... mostly for my kids (8 & 10). Right now we're doing the whole30 so it's not in our diets right now. But when we re-introduce it what is an acceptable amount? One serving a week? a day? Two a day? I'm fairly certain it won't bother them when we bring it back, but I still don't think it's ok to have it ALL the time. So how much is too much?

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on July 30, 2012
at 03:13 AM

I drink a good bit of dairy because I have a very low appetite and it's hard for me to get enough solid calories. I'm not trying to gain weight but I'm also not trying to lose it.

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:06 AM

Obviously, it would have to be good milk from a reputable source. Yogurt, cheese, heavy cream all would be good too.

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:06 AM

Obviously, it would have to be good milk from a reputable source.

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:05 AM

Probably a decent reason to give milk to kids is so that they will get enough calories.

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:03 AM

there are other things you can do with dairy besides milk - cheese, yogurt. And my kids don't have to worry about calories yet

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7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:15 AM

Just treat it like a food not a beverage the lactose and fats need to be digested and the calcium tends to alkalize the stomach so a huge glass is probably not a great idea. But one to two glasses a day for growing kids is probably fine if they tolerate it well. I get extra cream from my farm and make a 50/50 mix and then ferment it. I drink it every day and I wouldn't give it up there is too many benefits and not enough evidence against it. Hope that helps.

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:23 AM

None............when its A1.

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on July 30, 2012
at 06:35 AM

We're also in the midst of a Whole30 - the first time in my life that I have given up dairy. The only thing I really miss is cream. I love heavy cream in my coffee. I'm sorry, but coconut milk just does not do it for me. Prior to this we ate a lot of cheese, yogurt and milk kefir. I don't see any reason at all to drink liquid milk. My skin seems slightly better, but other than that, I don't notice many effects.

When the Whole30 is over in a week, I will reintroduce the cream in my coffee and a small amount (1/2 cup max) of milk kefir, because I think the probiotics/vitamin K/calcium bomb of the milk kefir outweighs any negatives. I may consider making it with goat's milk. I may also eventually go back to making homemade sheep's milk yogurt. Very, very occasionally I might do cheese for a special occasion (enchiladas).

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:20 AM

Try it and see what happens. Watch out for symptoms of food allergies or inflammation. A lot of people tolerate dairy without a problem. I am pretty strict paleo, and grains and sugars really throw me for a loop, but i have no problem with any kind of dairy.

My kids used to get upset stomach and gas from milk and cream but they had no problem with yogurt or cheese. When they got to be about 6-7 they tolerated it better and can now have ice cream and the occasional glass of milk, but they don't love it.

A lot of kid foods have some dairy so this is a good option for them if they can deal with it. But if they are having issues you suspect are diet related, drop all dairy for a couple weeks and see if there is a change. If not, they might be fine with it.

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:03 AM

I do pastured heavy cream in my coffee every day, and occasionally heavy cream and berries for dessert. Probably do cheese a few times a week. I much prefer dairy cream to almond milk, but thats just me.

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on July 30, 2012
at 01:46 AM

Why drink calories unless your trying to increase your calorie load for a specific purpose, (to gain weight)??

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

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on July 30, 2012
at 02:06 AM

Obviously, it would have to be good milk from a reputable source. Yogurt, cheese, heavy cream all would be good too.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 30, 2012
at 03:13 AM

I drink a good bit of dairy because I have a very low appetite and it's hard for me to get enough solid calories. I'm not trying to gain weight but I'm also not trying to lose it.

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

(1794)

on July 30, 2012
at 02:05 AM

Probably a decent reason to give milk to kids is so that they will get enough calories.

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

(1794)

on July 30, 2012
at 02:06 AM

Obviously, it would have to be good milk from a reputable source.

04279e3fadb7caef2a9bff98eb09ea36

(40)

on July 30, 2012
at 02:03 AM

there are other things you can do with dairy besides milk - cheese, yogurt. And my kids don't have to worry about calories yet

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449e19bbd371a87b653b9b8b56736005

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on July 30, 2012
at 12:23 AM

You answered your own question - it's different for everyone. Personally, my first thought is "why have it at all?" My kids (4, 11, 14) do fine with almond milk and we don't miss cheese or other dairy. If you think it won't bother them, but don't think it's okay to have it all the time, then it'll be whatever serving you feel comfortable with. A stick of string cheese or two a week? A small glass of raw milk a day? An occasional treat of ice cream?

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