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    Isn't (dairy) milk garbage?

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    I noticed several references in Primal Blueprint Nutrition and some other forums on the site about drinking (dairy) milk, as in raw vs organic, or after a workout, or whatever.

    My question is ..why?

    I thought maybe I missed something and went back through my PB book in case I did.*

    I'm not sure why anyone would touch this stuff, or want to. Unless you are an infant, there is nothing primal about it.

    I admit I used to be a milk addict, and didn't know better. It was wrecking my health. The doc that got me on low carb insisted that I give it up. I had very high triglycerides, insulin resistance, high blood insulin levels, and was huge. In my docs exact words, "milk is poison, to you..." (He was referring to the insulin resistance, which pointed toward Primal-style minimal carb).

    It seems that in terms of Primal, milk belongs in the trash as much as grains. Why drink it?

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    Well, dairy isn't strict, orthodox Paleo, but it is in a Primal "grey area." Generally, the advice is to do 30 days without it, see how you feel, and treat dairy accordingly.

    There are a couple issues with dairy: lactose intolerance, casein intolerance, insulin response, and toxins.

    If you are lactose or casein intolerant, no you shouldn't drink milk. However, the higher fat dairy products (cream, creme fraiche, butter, etc) are very low in these compounds and may be well tolerated even if milk isn't. This is made even more complicated by the fact that in many people, lactose intolerance clears up once gluten is removed from the diet.

    Regarding the insulin, keep in mind that while some people do Primal as a VLC diet, others have higher carb needs, especially if they are very active. In particular, milk's insulin spiking properties can be very useful if you're working on adding muscle.

    As for toxins, that is why it is so critical to buy organic dairy, especially from pastured cows.

    On the other hand, dairy (especially raw butter, cream, or ghee from grass-fed cows) has some unique nutritional benefits, like vitamin K and CLA. And cultured dairy products like traditionally made yogurt and kefir are valuable sources of probiotic organisms.

    Personally, I eat butter and ghee daily, a couple ounces of hard cheese a week, and drink kefir or yogurt as needed to keep my digestion functioning properly - some weeks that means every day, other weeks it means that I don't have any.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theholla View Post
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    Regarding the insulin, keep in mind that while some people do Primal as a VLC diet, others have higher carb needs, especially if they are very active. In particular, milk's insulin spiking properties can be very useful if you're working on adding muscle.
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    thanks. I guess the above clip explains it very well. In my case, I'm VLC and milk is bad news.

    I'm fine with hard, imported cheeses as a snack too, been doing that all along. Those are no/low carb.

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    1. I like it and I have no negative reactions to it.
    2. Lots of good vitamins and minerals (from raw, pasture-fed milk)
    3. Pro-biotic properties of yogurt and kefir
    4. immune system benefits
    5. lots of fat and protein
    6. keeps you hydrated longer than water


    ... That's all I've got for now. It's not for everyone, but that's a personal choice that should maybe not be attacked quite so strongly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfreaksho View Post


    ... That's all I've got for now. It's not for everyone, but that's a personal choice that should maybe not be attacked quite so strongly.
    No worries. I'm just trying to understand the mixed messages.

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    Also many people who are "lactose intolerant" are fine with raw milk. Or even pasteurized non-homogenized milk. The raw milk contains an enzyme that digests the lactose for you. Homogenization changes the properties of milk in a weird way.

    I havent drunk milk regularly in years although every once in a while I'll have a glass, but I use cream, butter, yogurt and sour cream regularly
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    i think it has to be case by case basis, modify your diet depending what works for you

    i could never stand the taste of milk, but love milk products, butter, yogurt, cheese, etc..

    tried to give up milk products for 4 days and realized that all I'm left with is meat, veg and fruit; the diet is challenging enough with all the shopping and constant meal prep; eliminating dairy for me made it too hard to maintain a decent quality of life balance

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    One thing i dont get is how the milk on the shelves now canlast a week or so, but the organic milk on the shelves can make it till June. What the f$ck is that?

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    I was mainly asking about drinking milk, not really the other products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by runnergal View Post
    Also many people who are "lactose intolerant" are fine with raw milk. Or even pasteurized non-homogenized milk. The raw milk contains an enzyme that digests the lactose for you. Homogenization changes the properties of milk in a weird way.

    I havent drunk milk regularly in years although every once in a while I'll have a glass, but I use cream, butter, yogurt and sour cream regularly
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