Is there any paleo cheese?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Obviously the convention dairy cheese from grocery stores isn't pure paleo, but is there any kind of cheese that is acceptable?

I've read that goats and sheeps cheese is better than cows cheese.

I also see people talking about raw cheese, unpatserized cheese, and aged cheese- which one of these is the best?

What combination would be the MOST paleo friendly?

I'd love to be able to make some of old recipes again, and you can do a lot with cheese.




on May 25, 2013
at 01:46 AM

I am pretty sure American cheese and cheese wiz are paleo.

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on March 20, 2013
at 06:23 PM

I am not sure what do you mean by "pure paleo" or "acceptable". It has been pointed out many times that paleo is not re-enactment. Technically speaking, cow meat isn't "pure paleo" either as paleo people haven't been eating any domesticated cows. Neither is the great majority of fruits and veggies as the contemporary varieties were created by people selecting for size, sugar content, etc.

A large number of people eating paleo style do eat dairy. It obviously depends on how well do you personally tolerate lactose and/or milk products in general.

Out of dairy in general, the "best" products are cream/sour cream/creme fraiche/butter (for high saturated fat content, vitamin K, etc.), yogurt/kefir/any fermented milk beverage (for almost no lactose, probiotics, etc.), aged cheeses. Things made out of raw milk (commonly, only raw-milk cheeses are available) are better than made out of "standard" pasteurized milk.

As usual, experiment on yourself, see how it goes.



on May 25, 2013
at 02:04 AM

I usually stick to hard cheeses which don't have lactose or very small amounts. usually these are pecorino, parmesan, manchego, gouda, cheddar, swiss. soft would be mozzarella, blue cheeses, feta.

I've tried many raw cheeses and pasteurized, aged cheeses. I think the past. aged have more flavor than the raw but I usually buy both! my all time favorite cheese is currently manchego. it's a sheep's milk cheese.



on May 25, 2013
at 02:02 AM

Kerrygold makes cheese. It's delicious, and it's form pastured cows.


on May 25, 2013
at 01:29 AM

I am just starting to try to follow a paleo diet. I was under the impression that dairy and lactose was unhealthy for pretty much everyone, but I see a lot of people on here talking about various types of cheeses. I have never had the slightest problem with any type of dairy and am not particularly worried about weight loss - I just want to eat as healthy a diet I can for all the other reasons.

But I. Love. Cheese.

And have mostly avoided it for the last month or two that I've been trying the paleo thing. Is that overkill? Are cheese and milk ok if you can tolerate it?



on March 20, 2013
at 06:21 PM

I'd love to find this out myself. This place offers 100% grass-fed raw organic sheeps cheese (and milk)

prices dont seem to bad either.


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