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Should I stop eating cheese??

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Created May 13, 2010 at 7:17 PM

I have noticed that after I eat cheese I get a lot of mucus in my throat. Is this cause for me to stop eating cheese altogether? If this is an allergy is it due to the casein or something else?

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78422 · May 18, 2011 at 2:24 AM

I am having the same symptoms as ChenZen above which he cites as caseien-intolerance. Dairy has no effect on me and the cheese was store-bought(cheapo-cheddar). Would you know of any casein related studies or posts that limb this issue?

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78422 · May 18, 2011 at 2:22 AM

I am having the exact same ill-effects when consuming cheese, although dairy leaves me without any symptoms. I presume its the casein? Any links on the intolerance issue?

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78422 · May 18, 2011 at 2:20 AM

I have felt similarly when consuming cheese. bloating, gas, digestive upset, increased bowel movements. Why is it cheese has these effects on me? I am consuming 100+ grams of buter per day without any similar effects? Perhaps the casein...?

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11478 · April 19, 2011 at 1:18 AM

@mischaCee, I don't know the answer to your question, but thank you for responding to my post.

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767 · April 18, 2011 at 7:43 PM

i wonder, why would the "texture and viscosity of dairy products" create a feeling of more mucus? i certainly feel phlegmy after eating alot of cheese..

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970 · January 03, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Nausea must be from the bread in your sandwich. ;)

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15583 · January 03, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Pretty much the same policy as me, except if it's goat or sheep cheese, then I'll eat it even without the angry farmer!

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626 · December 16, 2010 at 6:28 PM

In all seriousness though I think something like 25% of the human population is adapted to dairy and naturally produces the enzymes necessary to process it. I am of northern european descent and don't notice any bad reaction to dairy, so I don't see the problem.

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626 · December 16, 2010 at 6:27 PM

"you don't catch a pregnant buffalo and suck on its nipples" maybe YOU don't ;)

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78422 · May 13, 2010 at 10:29 PM

I know for a fact dairy stalls my weight loss, so I stay away from them, except for some occasional cheese when I eat some of the girlfriend's leftovers...

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1932 · May 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Honestly, I was almost glad when I realized cream and milk were making me sick (cottage cheese, well-drained yogurt and cheese don't). I almost wish the others would make me sick too - makes it much MUCH easier to let go of them!

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11478 · May 14, 2010 at 1:28 AM

Hi Matt. The sensation of increased mucus may be due to the texture and viscosity of dairy products, and not to an actual increase in mucus production (although cheese does not usually cause the same increased mucus sensation as milk). Studies actually measuring mucus production after drinking milk have failed to show an increase.

A dairy protein allergy may cause increased mucus, but it will also typically cause more severe symptoms such as hives, facial and lip swelling, vomiting and breathing difficulty.

Lactose intolerance causes bloating, nausea, gas and/or diarrhea, but does not usually cause increased mucus in the nose or throat.

If the increased mucus is the only adverse reaction you have from eating cheese, then it's probably ok to keep eating it if you want to.

Link: http://www.abc.net.au/health/talkinghealth/factbuster/stories/2007/11/28/2102703.htm

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11478 · April 19, 2011 at 1:18 AM

@mischaCee, I don't know the answer to your question, but thank you for responding to my post.

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767 · April 18, 2011 at 7:43 PM

i wonder, why would the "texture and viscosity of dairy products" create a feeling of more mucus? i certainly feel phlegmy after eating alot of cheese..

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56616 · May 13, 2010 at 8:33 PM

~Don't consume anything that causes negative physiological responses, such as excessive mucous production. - Brent Pottenger

Personally, cheese makes me feel weird, so I only eat it on special occasions when it's the best cheese ever and the farmer is there, giving me an angry look.

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15583 · January 03, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Pretty much the same policy as me, except if it's goat or sheep cheese, then I'll eat it even without the angry farmer!

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78422 · May 18, 2011 at 2:20 AM

I have felt similarly when consuming cheese. bloating, gas, digestive upset, increased bowel movements. Why is it cheese has these effects on me? I am consuming 100+ grams of buter per day without any similar effects? Perhaps the casein...?

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5516 · May 13, 2010 at 7:32 PM

You might want to try some organic pastured cheeses and see how they make you feel. I don't notice any problems myself on pastured cheeses but I do with regular cheese. Plus better fat balance!

If that doesn't work, try goat cheese/milk. If that still doesn't work I'm afraid you might not be able to tolerate it >_<

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78422 · May 13, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Yes. For one, dairy is NOT paleo, no matter what Mark Sisson says. Dairy first came about when we became herdspeople, which is around the same time as agriculture became big. There is no such thing as "wild milk" - you don't catch a pregnant buffalo and suck on its nipples.

It is estimated that 75% of adults worldwide show some [lactose intolerance]

via wikipedia

My basic meta-rule is that if it causes bad reactions with a decent chunk of people, we're not genetically made to eat it. Yes, there are flukes, but things like lactose intolerance and peanut allergies are well known.

Mucous is a well known reaction to dairy, and it's the least of your worries.

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78422 · May 13, 2010 at 10:29 PM

I know for a fact dairy stalls my weight loss, so I stay away from them, except for some occasional cheese when I eat some of the girlfriend's leftovers...

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1932 · May 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Honestly, I was almost glad when I realized cream and milk were making me sick (cottage cheese, well-drained yogurt and cheese don't). I almost wish the others would make me sick too - makes it much MUCH easier to let go of them!

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626 · December 16, 2010 at 6:27 PM

"you don't catch a pregnant buffalo and suck on its nipples" maybe YOU don't ;)

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626 · December 16, 2010 at 6:28 PM

In all seriousness though I think something like 25% of the human population is adapted to dairy and naturally produces the enzymes necessary to process it. I am of northern european descent and don't notice any bad reaction to dairy, so I don't see the problem.

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0 · November 02, 2012 at 10:14 PM

i think cream cheese is good to eat forever i eat it every day and every night and i'm only a little fat everybody calls me the cream cheese fart king mainly because i fart but also because i love cream cheese

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39841 · January 04, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Are the CLAs in grass-fed cheese worth pursuing I wonder? I only eat a few TSPs of sheep cheese a day (supposedly highest in CLAs) so if negative, the effect is minimal.

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78422 · May 18, 2011 at 2:24 AM

I am having the same symptoms as ChenZen above which he cites as caseien-intolerance. Dairy has no effect on me and the cheese was store-bought(cheapo-cheddar). Would you know of any casein related studies or posts that limb this issue?

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1587 · January 03, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Funny thing: I noticed over the course of the last months, whenever I eat raw milk cheese, about an hour later I get diarreah. Seems to happen every single time these days, I didn't have that problem before... Also, I can drink raw milk and eat other cheeses (especially sheep and goats) without a problem (btw, all of the dairy I eat is organic & grass fed).

I also noticed that (cows milk) cheese makes me smell bad, haha.

I'm trying trying to give up dairy as I also become a mucus producing machine when I consume too much of it. Seems like I'm the classic example of casein intolerance which sucks because I could live of the stuff ;)

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78422 · May 18, 2011 at 2:22 AM

I am having the exact same ill-effects when consuming cheese, although dairy leaves me without any symptoms. I presume its the casein? Any links on the intolerance issue?

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0 · January 03, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I feel nauseous when I eat a cheese slice on a sandwhich, but not when I eat shredded or cut it from a block. I figure it's the way they make it. I can only drink Lactose free milk as well, but icecream yogurt, and cream cheese are agreeable with me. Hmmmm...????

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970 · January 03, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Nausea must be from the bread in your sandwich. ;)

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