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I explain whether dairy on the ketogenic diet is acceptable.
0:00 When you’re on the ketogenic diet, should you have dairy?
0:30 Sweetened yogurt has high carb content
1:20 The quality of dairy can be a problem. I explain how to assess it.
I get a lot of questions about consuming dairy on the ketogenic diet. It’s not just a simple answer, so I explain in this video.
First, you have the carb content in different types of dairy. Let’s cover that first.
8 ounces of milk gives you 12 grams of carbs. One ounce of cheese is .1 gram, which is pretty low. 6 ounces of unsweetened Greek yogurt is about 6 grams of carbs. But realize when you eat a sweetened version of yogurt, the carbs go far higher, as high as 26 grams! Be sure to read the labels, and avoid sweetened yogurt.
6 ounces of kefir gives you 6 grams of carbs. To me, both yogurt and kefir are too high in carbs.
1 tablespoon of butter is 0 grams of carbs, while 2 tablespoons of sour cream is 2 grams, so it’s low. 1 tablespoon of half and half comes in at fewer than 1 gram; in fact, it’s 6 grams. And the whole cream, such as whipping cream, is 0 grams for 1 tablespoon, which makes it excellent to use in your coffee. Even half and half is good since it’s still very low in carbs.
I don’t recommend consuming milk, yogurt, or kefir. Their carb content is simply too high.
The quality of dairy can be a problem. But here’s how to assess the quality: ensure it’s organic. If it’s not, the cows it comes from could be fed on GMO grains. Grass-Fed dairy is much higher quality. If the dairy product is organic but not grass-fed, the cows are probably being fed grains that aren’t GMO. You may not get the desired level of omega 3 fatty acids, but at least you aren’t consuming dairy from cows that ate GMO grains.
Another problem with dairy is that it has growth factors. For example, if you’re a man with a prostate that’s enlarging, you don’t want to consume dairy because its growth factors could make your prostate enlargement worse.
Yet another problem is allergies. Many people are allergic not just to lactose but also to casein, a protein found in dairy. Some people just don’t feel good on dairy. I recommend doing keto without dairy if you have allergies, an enlarged prostate, or if you’re simply having trouble finding the quality of dairy you need.
Generally speaking, people don’t do well on large amounts of dairy. Small amounts are fine, just make sure it’s high quality.
To summarize, some dairy is fine on the ketogenic diet, but follow my guidelines in this video.
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