Dairy is a staple in the conventional ketogenic diet. However, this overlooks the many people who have an inflammatory response to dairy. In fact, next to gluten, dairy is one of the most common food allergens in our society and one of the most inflammatory foods in our modern diet. Most of the problems with dairy actually have to do with what we have done to the cow, not dairy itself.
For example, casein, the protein found in dairy, has two subtypes: A1 and A2. The A1 subtype is what is in most conventional dairy that we find in the grocery store and is a trigger for digestive problems and inflammation due to the years of crossbreeding causing casein gene mutations. And if that’s not bad enough, most cows are pumped with hormones and antibiotics. The milk is then pasteurized, homogenized, and the fat is removed, and then it is filled with synthetic vitamins to make up for a lack of nutrients. I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds anything but appetizing.