Paleo and Dairy: 4 Reasons to Get Out of the (G)Udder

By on November 11, 2014

I know what you’re thinking. The subject of Paleo and dairy is not one I used to like broaching with myself, either, especially in the beginning stages of my Paleo lifestyle. (You mean: give up cheese? Give up ice cream? Might as well give up my entire life!)

But seriously: Paleo and dairy is one of the most talked-about, most-discussed elements of the Paleo lifestyle. People disagree on it; some people cling to their cheeses: their bries and their Gorgonzolas for dear life, still spouting their belief in the Paleo agenda.

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I’m here to give you the facts—and to tell you what I’ve learned along the way. Essentially: cheeses and milk weren’t around when our ancestors evolved into our currently-held digestive systems. Therefore, our systems actually have no idea what to do with those (probably disgusting particles of digested) pieces of cheese.

Just about five thousand years ago, dairy products exploded into our lifestyle. But should they have? After all: we’re the only mammals in the history of the world (from koala bears to monkeys) who drink milk and consume dairy into our adult lives. We’re the only animals in the world who consume OTHER animal’s milk. Wait a minute. That’s weird, isn’t it? Let’s look at all the reasons to keep Paleo and dairy products SEPARATE in our lives, once and for all:

1. Countries that consume LESS milk, rather than more have better bone strength.

Wait, what? All my life, my mother sat me down and explained I had to drink my entire glass of milk, three times a day, to get strong bones and teeth. You mean: all that was made up?

Yep. We’ve been caught up in a big industry scam. From the milk mustaches to the Food Guide Pyramid, we’ve been wrong about dairy and bones. People from both Asia and Africa, where milk consumption is almost non-existent after breast feeding, have the strongest bones and a lowered risk of osteoporosis. Great!

2. Most people are lactose intolerant.

Almost eighty percent of all humans on the earth are actually lactose intolerant after breast feeding. Therefore, most people that consume dairy have intestinal problems, leading to inflammation and a potential for leaky gut syndrome.

3. Lactose, in all forms of dairy, is sugar.

Lactose is the main carbohydrate element in all dairy products. And, essentially, it’s a “milk sugar.” Therefore, when you consume it, your insulin levels skyrocket, and your body’s ability to dispel fat cells and slim your waistline flies out the window—along with the button of your skinny jeans.

4. Your body treats dairy like an allergen.

When a dairy product enters your body, your body creates an immediate immune response. When your body sends white blood cells to the area of the freshly-eaten Brie cheese, for example, your body becomes inflamed on a cellular level. This inflammation paves the road for various diseases, like cancer and heart disease. Furthermore, your body is wiping itself out creating this immune response, taking necessary energy away from other levels of your body, like your digestive system and your muscle growth.

Paleo and dairy is a hot topic. But serious, guys. Cheese and milk are poisonous elements of our diet. The next time you hear someone tell you that “milk makes strong bones,” tell him he’s been the victim of a marketing ploy, and he needs to think for himself—beyond the mighty Milk Mustache campaign.

Note: check out four ways to make almond milk if you’re missing out on the creamy goodness of your past milk-drinking days.

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About Megan White

Megan White is a Paleo diet food fanatic running around the world, searching for the most nutritional tasty treats in every country she can find. Follow her on her journey as she dodges sugar cravings, works to better her mind and body, and picks up some creative Paleo diet recipes along the way.

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