for those trying to lose wieght, that can tolerate dairy, do you think adding parmesan or other cheeses to things is a good way to up fat or not?
personally, i think of cheese as more of a condiment. i get my fat primarily from coconut oil, bacon grease, butter, ghee, eggs, olive oil and coconut milk. i use cheese like i might use spices- for extra flavor. shaved parm over asparagus, crumbled feta in shakshuka, goat cheese on celery sticks, a dollup of yogurt on berries, etc. i have not found that it inhibits my weight loss (though eliminating it for a couple of days is a good way to push through a plateau for me), and i tolerate it just fine. i am also a much happier person when i have my cheese and yogurt, but i do limit the amounts, if not so much the frequency.
I have been eating dairy ever since I started eating paleo (lacto-paleo, I guess), and I have not had a problem with weight loss. Though, since I eat a lot of it I stick to grass fed cheese (or raw, occasionally) for the omega-3 ratio and other health benefits. If you are sure you can tolerate dairy, I don't think it should be a problem.
Here's my take for what it's worth. I generally avoid most dairy because it adversely effects my MS, increasing frequency of my symptoms. If I eat strictly primal (kinda like paleo but tastes better :) ) then i don't have problems at all.
However, since cheese doesn't bother me, I have one ounce a day, added to my omelette each morning. It makes the eggs, peppers, ham, bacon, tomatoes...all just blend perfectly. I stay at about 10% body fat and below 200lbs (not bad for a former 300lb fatty).
If you are eating cheese, or using other dairy products and still getting the results you want...then by all means, keep eating it. If you are not...then eliminate them. See...it's easy. No hard and fast rules, it's a way of life to make us healthier...not a cult that requires misery and deprivation. :)
And before someone chimes in with, "but cavemen didn't milk cows." I pose the question...what did cave babies eat? Milk I think.
So if a food is beneficial to you...enjoy it. If not...ditch it.
If you do dairy, then yeah get some high fat cheese and count that towards your fat intake. Keep in mind some cheese are of course higher in fat than others.
If you are making an effort to get a good chunk of your daily fat intake from this cheese addition I would at least try to get the best quality you can. Especially from milk that is good quality, has not been pasteurized, etc.
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