Is Milk Paleo? Is Milk Primal? Can I eat any dairy?
Is Milk Paleo?
Under strict paleo guidelines unless it is human milk consumed during infancy, milk it is not part of a paleo diet. However, this is not a total consensus in the paleo diet community.
Is Milk Paleo? Many might argue “Cavemen could have drank milk!”
The paleo diet is based of the diet of humans over 100,000 years ago. Animal domestication did not begin until about 9,000 years ago, thus Cavemen did not drink milk. Sure it could have happened, but it certainly did not happen regularly.
Is Milk Paleo? Paleo experts give mixed signals.
Dr. Loren Cordain adamantly oppose all forms of it. He believes no dairy belongs in the human diet because of lactose intolerance and casein intolerance.
The Primal Blueprint creator has softer stance[quote style=”boxed”] In the end, is there a definitive stamp of Primal approval, or Primal disapproval? I just can’t go either way. Sometimes, the correct path is to admit that you simply don’t know. You can read all the blogs you want, pour over every comment, follow every link, and pontificate about every hunter-gatherer group on the planet, but if you don’t try things out for yourself – either by trying certain dairy products or by eliminating them and noting the effects – it’s all just speculation and hearsay. In the murky, milky world of dairy, it’s up to you to decide your ideal path.-Mark Sisson”[/quote]
Another interesting opinion comes from Chris Kresser, who has this to say on dairy [quote style=”boxed”]
The answer to that question depends on several factors. First, are we asking what our Paleolithic ancestors ate, or are we asking what an optimal diet for modern humans is? While hard-core Paleo adherents will argue that there’s no difference, others (including me) would suggest that the absence of a food during the Paleolithic era does not necessarily mean that it’s not nutritious or beneficial. Dairy products are a good example.
Second, as recent studies have revealed, we can’t really know what our ancestors ate with 100% certainty, and there is undoubtedly a huge variation amongst different populations. For example, we have the traditional Inuit and the Masai who ate a diet high in fat (60-70% of calories for the Masai and up to 90% of calories for the Inuit), but we also have traditional peoples like the Okinawans and Kitavans that obtained a majority (60-70% or more) of their calories from carbohydrate. So it’s impossible to say that the diet of our ancestors was either “low-carb” or “low-fat”, without specifying which ancestors we’re talking about.
Third, if we are indeed asking what the optimal diet is for modern humans (rather than simply speculating about what our Paleolithic ancestors ate), there’s no way to answer that question definitively. Why? Because just as there is tremendous variation amongst populations with diet, there is also tremendous individual variation. Some people clearly do better with no dairy products. Yet others seem to thrive on them. Some feel better with a low-carb approach, while others feel better eating more carbohydrate. Some seem to require a higher protein intake (up to 20-25% of calories), but others do well when they eat a smaller amount (10-15%).”[/quote] [dropcap]Is Milk paleo?[/dropcap] As you can see above everyone has their own unique take on what is “paleo.” It is not a black and white topic when it comes to dairy. This makes sense since one can assume caveman ate different diets. If one’s only goal is to mimic the precise eating habits of our prehistoric ancestors they are missing the point. Which is to make food choices for optimal health in a modern world. If you tolerate dairy (meaning that you have eliminated it from your diet for at least 30 days, then reintroduced it responsibly and have come to the conclusion that it does not negatively impact your health), then raw or raw fermented dairy is probably okay.
Primal Organic never uses any Milk in it’s paleo diet delivery.[related_posts]