Dairy, Dairy, Quite Contrary..

According to the Paleo Diet, dairy is something that we should not consume, yet many people wonder why, especially if they’ve not had any noticeable problems with it.

There are several major reasons why dairy is somewhat taboo, including

  • lactose intolerance
  • casein intolerance
  • high insulin response (high glycemic load)
  • net-acid producing (increases urinary calcium loss)
  • linked to intestinal colic, anemia, allergies, intestinal irritation, asthma, diabetes, coronary disorders, allergies, arthritis, sinusitis, osteoporosis, heart disease, obesity, and cancers.

In addition, “factory farmed” milk comes from cows that are fed all kinds of things OTHER than grass (including animal and fowl products, starches, fibers, grains, food industry by-products, hydrogenated fats, and genetically modified soy products, hormones, antibiotics and other drugs to make the cows produce more milk and survive the diseases that derive from their diet and living conditions on the factory farm,); much of that “feed” passes through into the milk that is sold to us. “Factory farmed” milk is also pasteurized and homogenized, which basically renders it “dead”.

If you want to look at articles that have been published about the dangers and risks of dairy consumption, there’s plenty to look at on the Not Milk page or in this post by Dave Reitz.

Recently there has been a move towards use of “Raw Dairy”, which is un-processed milk, butter & cream made from cows that are pasture-fed. Advocates say that this milk does not cause lactose intolerance, and is, in fact, very safe to consume. Here is a terrific article on milk, including a detailed description of how “factory-farmed” milk is produced, and how it compares to real milk from pasture-raised cows. And this is a great overview of the history and current state of milk.

Mark Sisson has a Definitive Guide to Dairy which is an excellent read.

A friend  sent me a link to a discussion on KCUP (a local radio station), which is a fascinating insight into the world of milk. You can listen to that here (it’s pretty long, so be prepared to settle in for a while!)

We are lucky here in the Bay Area to have two local sources of raw dairy: Organic Pastures in Fresno, and Claravale Farm in Paicines. You can find a listing of sources throughout the United States here.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Stacey M. on March 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Brian and I tried a sample of “raw milk” at the farmers market yesterday… It was really good! (That is a lot coming from me because I HATE milk, have never liked drinking it)


  2. Posted by Jojo on March 23, 2010 at 5:58 am

    Word. Raw milk tastes awesome!


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