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Ghee allergy? To eat or not to eat?

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Created February 20, 2012 at 12:33 AM

I've been (mostly) paleo for over a year now -- but I only eliminated dairy about a month ago. Eliminating dairy seems to be helping a lot: I'm losing a little more weight, my skin is clearer and brighter, and I don't hit a mid-day slump like I used to when I would eat dairy. At first I completely eliminated it but have added ghee back in since it tastes awesome and has health benefits, too. (Just this morning I was reading about how Weston A. Price recommends cod fish oil in combination with butter fat for dental health.) Anyway, here's my question: I notice that after I eat ghee I get a little congested. Is this a sign of an allergy? If it is an allergy, should I avoid ghee entirely, or is it possible that even with an allergy that there are health benefits to eating it?

Your help appreciated.

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0 · March 03, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Thanks, Jasmine! Good to know it's not just in my head...

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0 · March 03, 2012 at 7:14 PM

What kind of ghee was it? I think storebought/industrial is purer than homemade.

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0 · March 03, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Thanks for your input. I think you're right. I've been doing a good job of avoiding dairy but had some feta cheese at my friend's house when they wanted to serve me a salad and now I can't go to the bathroom :( I'd say that's clear biofeedback. Thanks for your encouragement.

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0 · March 03, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Thanks so much for this. Your post didn't make much sense to me until I took some time to read about it. For anyone who isn't sure what Beth is talking about, the application to Ghee here is that vitamin K2 is synthesized by ruminant animals who have access to fast growing vegetation. They convert the vitamin K in these grasses to vitamin k2. (Grain fed animals obviously aren't helping us get k2.) Vitamin K assists the body with blood clotting--but Vitamin K2 helps the body put calcium where it belongs (bones & teeth)--& more. Awesome! Thanks for your help--I'll check out butter oil.

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11099 · February 20, 2012 at 3:31 AM

It sounds to me like your body is giving you the clear communication that dairy, even in the form of ghee, is not working for you. Some people really are that allergic, it's certainly not unheard of. I would continue to avoid all forms of dairy, perhaps trying to introduce ghee again at a later date. The benefits from grassfed dairy would not outweigh the stress that eating a food you are allergic to would put on your body, imo.

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0 · March 03, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Thanks for your input. I think you're right. I've been doing a good job of avoiding dairy but had some feta cheese at my friend's house when they wanted to serve me a salad and now I can't go to the bathroom :( I'd say that's clear biofeedback. Thanks for your encouragement.

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15003 · February 20, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Chris Masterjohn makes the case that Weston A. Price's "factor X" from dairy is vitamin K2. So you could try supplementing with that to see if that resolves your congestion. BTW, if you want it just for health benefits, you might want to consider high-vitamin butter oil, which not only has K2 but has the Wulzen factor.

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0 · March 03, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Thanks so much for this. Your post didn't make much sense to me until I took some time to read about it. For anyone who isn't sure what Beth is talking about, the application to Ghee here is that vitamin K2 is synthesized by ruminant animals who have access to fast growing vegetation. They convert the vitamin K in these grasses to vitamin k2. (Grain fed animals obviously aren't helping us get k2.) Vitamin K assists the body with blood clotting--but Vitamin K2 helps the body put calcium where it belongs (bones & teeth)--& more. Awesome! Thanks for your help--I'll check out butter oil.

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1294 · March 03, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Hi Erin, someone else just posted a similar ghee question. I am allergic to dairy and tried to add ghee back in after a long break from all dairy. Definitely got the hives/itchy reaction that all dairy gives me, so there ya go! Some of use are just that sensitive!

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0 · March 03, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Thanks, Jasmine! Good to know it's not just in my head...

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0 · March 03, 2012 at 7:14 PM

What kind of ghee was it? I think storebought/industrial is purer than homemade.

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45 · March 03, 2012 at 3:11 PM

In case anyone wants to learn more about Activator X, here's a link: http://www.earthincommon.com/nutrition_08-article.html

And a link on the benefits of Fresh Butter & Cream: http://www.kineticconditioning.net/Skinny%20On%20Fats.htm

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