Why do many paleo people eat cream, what kind of cream is the best, what is the benefit of doing so, why cream over other dairy products and is there anything we should know that may be a drawback to eating it?
The same reason why so many paleos eat butter: it's a source of fat that's about 2/3 SFA, 1/3 MUFA and very little PUFA. It's cheaper and more convenient than straight animal fat (and arguably tastier than a spoonful of dripping). It should also be more nutritious than animal fat (vitamin A, possibly D and K depending on source).
Why not eat other dairy products? Well, either because you're avoiding the whey (insulinemic, immunogenic), the casein (causes some people problems by dint of breaking down into casomorpohines), the protein in general or the lactose (a carb, can't be digested by many). Cream does contain a couple of grams of protein/lactose, but many people find that that's no problem.
I consume cream for the fat and the vitamins - just like David said.
I use raw heavy cream in my double espressos and have used real buttermilk (from real cream) to make my own raw butter and raw crème fraiche (a french sour cream) which is great on fish, broccoli and other veggies.
I'll give it a go.
It tastes good and it's a great source (35%) of fat.
Some people who are dairy intolerant/sensitive can still handle cream. It has lower protein content then other diary.
Drawbacks, hm it can be addictive ?
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As for the type I can't really help you since that varies from country to country.
i got acne from dairy. I sometimes now use good cream. biodynamic organic cream. its only pasturized not otherwise treated.
I heard that cultured cream like sourcream and cremfraiche is better to digest. Its good to stay away from cream for some time and than include it again. Just in my experience.
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