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What if you're not lactose intolerant? Is dairy still bad?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 05, 2013 at 3:21 PM

So I understand the purpose for some people staying away from dairy foods due to them being lactose intolerant. But what if one isn't lactose intolerant and has a pastured grass fed dairy farm close by where the cows are hormone free and the milk, cream and stuff is only pasteurized? (due to it being illegal here in Delaware to sell raw milk) Can you drink or use it and still follow the paleo diet? Any help would be great as I was a huge milk drinker and not being able to have it is killing more than not being able to have sugar!

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on August 05, 2013
at 10:49 PM

Dairy is nutrient dense, high protein, satiating, and associated with good bone health. If you are not lactose intolerant, eat it.

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on August 05, 2013
at 09:45 PM

+1 for the capital P.

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on August 05, 2013
at 08:10 PM

"Who really cares - it's just a label after all" Can we get this added to the banner at the top of the page?

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on August 05, 2013
at 07:21 PM

Me, too, lacto-bro ... me, too.

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on August 05, 2013
at 05:41 PM

Milk makes me phlegmy.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on August 05, 2013
at 03:30 PM

Real issues people have with milk:

  • Lactose intolerance
  • Casein allergy
  • Sub-intolerance issues (e.g. "milk makes me phlegmy")

If you don't have any of those, dairy products (especially the good stuff you describe) can be worked into one's diet and one can remain healthy.

Is it paleo? Ehh, technically no. You can apply any other label you'd like (e.g. Primal), if you really want to ... but really, who cares - it's just a label after all.

The only suggestion I would make if you choose to consume dairy again would be to monitor yourself. It sounds like you really like dairy, so maybe you need to watch out over-eating it (or maybe not). Just be mindful of your habits.

Good luck!

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

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on August 05, 2013
at 08:10 PM

"Who really cares - it's just a label after all" Can we get this added to the banner at the top of the page?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on August 05, 2013
at 07:21 PM

Me, too, lacto-bro ... me, too.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on August 05, 2013
at 05:41 PM

Milk makes me phlegmy.

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on August 05, 2013
at 07:10 PM

Basically the main point of paleo is to avoid eating things your body can't process, and things that make you feel bad. If you cut out dairy for while and don't feel a positive difference, it's fine. Dairy can be especially beneficial for women and personally, I feel better when I do eat it.

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on August 05, 2013
at 09:53 PM

It sounds like you're adapted for lactose and casein. While it may not be Proper Paleo, your ancestors have given you a valuable weapon for the battle against starvation. Not very many people in the world have this weapon

Some of these adaptations can be lost with non-use, so you'd be wise not to totally avoid milk products. Giving up an evolutionary adaptation so that you can get the word Paleo tattooed on your butt is kind of silly. Like going into a prize fight with one hand tied behind your back.

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on August 05, 2013
at 05:57 PM

Dairy is not Paleo, but I dont think thats a result of it being unhealthy. I think the general principle is that it wasn't available to our paleolithic forefathers. I'm sure someone will say that there were goats, sheep and even cows during that era, but I would venture to say that humans of the time were not aware that they could milk those animals for nurishment.

For that reason Milk is not Paleo, however it is very nutritious and if you do not suffer from any of the ailments that arise from consuming milk then I would say go ahead. I personally use heavy cream in my coffee, I do like to substitute it with some Coconut Cream or Coconut Milk whenever possible but that is the only use I have for milk. Oh I also like to eat some cheese from time to time, but again many Paleo enthusiasts say as long as the milk is fermented or raw then you are OK!

I'm pretty sure that milk does not pose any long term issues to the body and it is more of the immediate ailments that affect humans that Paleoists talk about. But I'm not certain and I really do not consume enough to be worried but you may want to check in with the more scientific Paleohacks to be certain.

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on August 05, 2013
at 09:45 PM

+1 for the capital P.

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