People who follow the primal lifestyle clearly pay a lot of attention to food and health but they still eat dairy despite the fact that it has hormones that aren't good for us and raise insulin. What are their justifications for eating dairy?
Hmm, it is either healthy or not healthy depending on who you are and how your body handles it. It seems there is a lot of contradictory claims on the issue of hormones in milk affecting humans.
The way I see it dairy is loaded with nutrients, protein and vitamins, and is easy, and is delicious. Not everyone is aiming for 100 percent primal, but a feasible meal plan for daily life.
I personally am not too big on dairy. I choose occasional high fat yogurt or creme fraiche, small amounts of delicious cheese, and a dollop of organic cream for coffee one or two cups per day. (Organic cream-- oddly enough I chose it not so much because it's organic but because all the other creams have thickeners like carrageenan-- why? It's already thick.)
As well I think eating some dairy, within reason, makes giving up so many other foods more feasible, especially as a transition, and if you are feeding a household.
My justification is that I like it, I do well on it as I have no casein/lactose issues, the issue of hormones is definitely up for debate, and insulin secretion is not necessarily a bad thing. Just like cortisol, we need insulin. Insulin resistance is a bad thing, but I certainly don't know of anyone who has given themselves T2D from dairy sugars.
Dairy isn't for everyone, but there is no food that is right for every single person.
Primal blueprint does not recommend dairy. It is, at best, in the gray area. Personally, I have 0 adverse reactions to dairy, and I have numerous positive benefits. Why wouldn't I continue to consume it?
It's not a question of belief, it's a question of fact and experience. Some people produce lactase in sufficient quantities to deal with lactose, so why shouldn't they eat dairy? Not a question of belief. Many might not technically produce enough but have no bad experience with dairy. Their experience therefore tells them it's OK to eat. Maybe the FACTS and EXPERIENCE of the benefits of dairy outweigh the negatives, and they aren't so dogmatic as to base what they eat on a theory rather than facts and experience.
In reality, the diet of hunter-gatherers and the diet of pastoralists are largely the same. Many Primal Blueprint followers eat no dairy and some who do (like myself) eat only cheese or yogurt and never drink milk. I let the bacteria eat the indigestible stuff and leave me the tasty stuff. I think drinking milk is for babies and basing your diet on yogurt and smoothies is for sissies.
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