I've been (mostly) paleo for over a year now -- but I only eliminated dairy about a month ago. Eliminating dairy seems to be helping a lot: I'm losing a little more weight, my skin is clearer and brighter, and I don't hit a mid-day slump like I used to when I would eat dairy. At first I completely eliminated it but have added ghee back in since it tastes awesome and has health benefits, too. (Just this morning I was reading about how Weston A. Price recommends cod fish oil in combination with butter fat for dental health.) Anyway, here's my question: I notice that after I eat ghee I get a little congested. Is this a sign of an allergy? If it is an allergy, should I avoid ghee entirely, or is it possible that even with an allergy that there are health benefits to eating it?
Chris Masterjohn makes the case that Weston A. Price's "factor X" from dairy is vitamin K2. So you could try supplementing with that to see if that resolves your congestion. BTW, if you want it just for health benefits, you might want to consider high-vitamin butter oil, which not only has K2 but has the Wulzen factor.
It sounds to me like your body is giving you the clear communication that dairy, even in the form of ghee, is not working for you. Some people really are that allergic, it's certainly not unheard of. I would continue to avoid all forms of dairy, perhaps trying to introduce ghee again at a later date. The benefits from grassfed dairy would not outweigh the stress that eating a food you are allergic to would put on your body, imo.
Hi Erin, someone else just posted a similar ghee question. I am allergic to dairy and tried to add ghee back in after a long break from all dairy. Definitely got the hives/itchy reaction that all dairy gives me, so there ya go! Some of use are just that sensitive!