Here’s the thing with dairy: I don’t believe dairy is inherently bad, it’s what we’ve done to dairy that is the problem. Cows on most major dairy farms today are given hormones and antibiotics, live in unhealthy conditions, and are fed corn instead of grass. Their milk is then pasteurized and homogenized. To make up for nutrient loss, synthetic vitamins are then injected into the milk, trying to stimulate what nature had already included in the whole-food form.
In my functional medicine practice, I’ve found this can lead to an onslaught of inflammation and other sensitivities to dairy. Needless to say, there are a lot of reasons to avoid dairy. However, if you know you can handle dairy and find a brand that uses organic, grass-fed dairy, I say go for it!