Well this depends, are you interested in following a paleo type diet for health or do you want to follow a diet that has strict dogma and little room for variation? If you tolerate dairy well and enjoy it, than I say absolutely eat the yogurt. If you suspect you have digestive issues and aren't sure if dairy is right for your body try eliminating it, record any interesting effects and add it back and watch for changes. Please check out Dr. Harris's site, Panu. His dietary recommendations are always helpful for anyone unsure of how to filter through all the info out there about a paleo diet. I personally tolerate dairy very well and believe it to be an extremely healthy part of my diet. For others, they will not really feel completely healthy unless they cut out dairy b/c of intolerance/allergies etc. Listen to your body.
Strict, traditional paleo excludes dairy (including greek yogurt) because dairy was introduced during the neolithic period and can cause an insulin increase in the body.
However, the paleo community is divided about dairy. Some eat raw unpasteurized grass-fed dairy. Others eat cultured dairy (yogurt). Most who consume dairy, use full-fat dairy like creme or whole milk greek yogurt.
As others have suggested, ultimately you have to tinker with your body and decide whether it is having a net positive or a net negative effect on your health. Exclude it for a month and see. Include it again and pay attention. Tinker.
If you got no problems whatsoever with dairy and accept the health issues that might come with its ingestion, then just eat it. It makes no sense not to eat something just because it does not fit some plan.
For those of us not bothered by dairy or consume it very sparingly, is there a "preferred" or best brand as far as ingredient-wise?
In the past, I've had Fage, Chobani, Trader Joe's brand and currently have Oikos/Stonyfield (all plain, though all 0% fat as well). So far I like Fage best taste-wise. I suppose homemade would be the best nutritionally.
My cholesterol runs too low--130 to 180 although my TC/HDL is a desirable 2.4--and that's with cream in my coffee, butter-fried eggs and vegetables and home-made extra-fat Bulgarian yogurt (in addition to fatty beef, bacon and sardines, etc.)
Mixing berries and other fruit with the cream/yogurt moderates my blood glucose response and it's delicious, particularly if the fruit is frozen. I have clear skin and no GI after-effects.
That's the type of thought process I'd suggest you follow in making your decision about dairy. What are your health strengths/weaknesses and how do you react to dairy?
According to the Primal Blueprint (a variation of Paleo) it's fine. The breakdown goes something like this if I recall...
Best to worst.
1 - No dairy
2 - Yogurt
3 - Aged Cheese
4 - High fat Milk
5 - Processed cheeses, skim milk, flavored dairy = off limits
I think I'm missing something ... If you have access to raw milk and can make your own, all the better! I eat dairy in moderation, I rarely use it as a 'direct' food source, it's more to amp something up I'm already eating.
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