Cheese seems perfect for the keto diet – it’s high in fat while containing very few carbohydrates, so it’s a good match for the keto diet nutrient ratios. Dairy products seem to be so healthy.
But it’s actually a food you’ll want to avoid.
I absolutely love cheese. And I honestly miss the days of eating it… But I feel so much better after cutting it out – my digestive issues eased up and my skin cleared up – so it’s been worth it.
Many keto dieters initially think adding more cheese to their diet is a good idea and it’s also why many keto diet recipes contain large amounts of dairy.
Unfortunately, like all dairy products, cheese is best avoided.
Want to know why? Below are 3 main reasons for why you may want to cut all dairy (including cheese) from your diet… (plus one exception).
3 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Cheese (and Other Dairy Products) on Keto
1 – Dairy products are highly processed
The healthiest way to do the Keto diet is by sticking to unprocessed whole foods – and that’s why you’ll want to avoid dairy. Dairy products are harder for our bodies to digest and contain far fewer nutrients than you might think:
Store-bought milk is usually homogenized and pasteurized which destroys the beneficial bacteria and enzymes which the milk contains. And if you’re consuming products made from conventional milk, there’s another problem: they may contain traces of the hormones and antibiotics given to the cows which produced the milk. And those aren’t substances you want in your body!
Plus, if you check the ingredients label of the products, you may find that some of them contain preservatives to give them a longer shelf life. They may also contain flavorings to enhance their taste.
2 – Dairy products are easy to overeat, which sabotages weight loss
This is perhaps the most important reason for why you should cut out dairy from your Keto diet if you’re looking to lose weight.
Lots of folks find that cheese and other dairy products are really easy to overeat. And while you don’t have to count calories on Keto, vastly overeating will stall your weight loss. In fact, many people who experience weight loss plateaus find cutting dairy to help their weight loss restart again.
3 – Dairy could be the cause of your health issues even if you don’t realize it
People often find that giving up dairy clears up all sorts of lingering health problems like:
- Sinus problems
- Digestive issues
- Joint pain and arthritis
These issues are often caused by casein-intolerance. And getting relief from those symptoms often comes as a big surprise, as many people have been drinking milk and eating cheese their whole lives and are convinced they don’t have any problems with it.
And while some types of dairy may be okay for certain people (health-wise), the simplest way to test your tolerance for dairy is by giving up dairy for 60 days and then re-introducing it.
One Exception To The No-Dairy Rule: Ghee
Ghee is usually safe for people with dairy intolerances. Ghee is a type of clarified butter, made by removing the milk solids from regular butter. Since almost all of the milk solids are removed, people with dairy intolerances often find that they aren’t triggered by ghee.
Ghee contains lots of healthy fats and nutrients. It contains vitamins A, D and E as well as vitamin K (which is important for strengthening your bones).
It also contains plenty of medium and short-chain fatty acids which your liver can break down into ketones, helping you get into ketosis.
The easiest way to add ghee is into your morning coffee or tea. Add 1/2-1 Tablespoon (7-15 ml) ghee and 1/2 teaspoon MCT oil and blend to form a creamy buttery drink.