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Hi Friends!

Since the start of, we have welcomed both Dairy and Non-Dairy recipes. More important than the question of whether dairy is technically a \”paleolithic\” food or not is the question of \”Is dairy healthy to eat?\”

The first part of the answer is related to what kind of dairy you get: non-pasteurized dairy from grass-fed cows is a completely different food product than pasteurized dairy.

The second part of the answer depends on individual tolerance. This is not a matter similar to how well you tolerate a traditional \”non-paleo\” food, like say wheat or processed sugar. The difference is there is almost nothing nutritionally redeeming about either of these, whereas dairy can be very good for you, if you tolerate it well. has always aimed to be as inclusive as possible. We cannot forget that the health problem in the US is  enormous, and the more ways we can get people eating more paleo/primal, the better. This is the same reason we welcome so many great \”paleoized\” treats on the site—people need  better alternatives.

Getting back to dairy, we do also understand that definitions and rules are important, particularly for people starting out who need clarity. So we offer the same advice many do: try eliminating dairy from your diet. Then, reintroduce it. If you notice indigestion, bad skin, increased mucous or other unpleasant health effects, then dairy is likely not part of your \”paleo.\” If you reintroduce it and feel great with no adverse health effects, then it is likely \”paleo\” for you.

Dairy is one issue where we strongly encourage an individual definition of \”paleo/primal\” :)




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    1. posted by Katerina Bent on October 11, 2012

      I really like your approach to this issue, it seems very logical to me. There was a long time when I didn’t think I could live without cheese and cream in my coffee, but I’ve slowly reduced it, and now I’m okay if I have it every once in a while. I’ve been told that I should try to take out dairy from my diet for 30 days, at least to see how I feel, and then I can try reintroducing it. However, I know that when people do allergy diets, they say you only have to take something out for two weeks. Do you have any research/idea how long you should take dairy out?
      Also, I talked to a nurse/crossfit trainer once about dairy, his responce was very similar to yours. I liked the analogy he used. If you are trying to gain muscle mass, dairy can be very good. If you are trying to lose weight, you should probably avoid dairy, because what milk is designed to do is grow small things (say a calf) into a very large thing (a full grown cow).

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