Cream cheese is a type of cheese that is meant to be eaten fresh (as opposed to aged) and is generally composed of about one-third fat.
Whether or not you can include dairy as part of your Paleo lifestyle depends first on your tolerance for dairy and second on the dairy you buy. Obviously, if you’re allergic to lactose or casein, then you shouldn’t be eating dairy. If, on the other hand, you don’t experience any digestive or inflammation issues after eating dairy, then it can certainly be included as part of a healthy diet.
Load Up On Fat!
Full-fat dairy is always best. It can be kind of difficult to find in today’s low-fat crazed world, but it’s worth the effort to seek out the good stuff. For starters, the fat itself is good for us. It’s largely saturated fat, which actually helps us stay lean by promoting the breakdown of fat cells for nutrients. Eating fat turns you into a fat-burning machine!
Dairy is also full of fat-soluble nutrients, such as vitamins A and E. Our bodies can’t absorb those nutrients without the fat to carry them around, so even though low-fat dairy may have all the nutrients of full-fat dairy, our bodies can’t access all of those nutrients.
The Less Processed, The Better
Finding raw dairy is even more difficult, but if you can find it, you should definitely take advantage of it. Pasteurizing dairy destroys many of the nutrients and beneficial enzymes that help us digest the dairy. Some people who are sensitive to dairy can handle raw dairy.
Paleo and Organic Foods
As always, organic dairy from pastured cows is better. It will have more nutrients and be free of added antibiotics and hormones. If you can’t get your hands on organic dairy, it’s probably not worth losing any sleep over, but we advise against consuming conventional dairy on a regular basis.
Mark Sisson has several reasons for those who can tolerate it to include high-fat dairy in their diet.