Do you eat butter by the spoonful or even bite right into a block? Coconut oil? Lard?
Do you get strange looks? How have you turned it into a paleo/primal introduction?
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Eating butter with a spoon is something we often do, although we don't eat a whole stick in one time. If I would feel the need for a snack, I take one spoon of butter and some spoonfuls of shredded coconut, put it in my mouth and yummmmm.
Also, the only 'cheat' we have at our home is dark chocolate. Now chocolate can be quite addictive, but it seems to help to eat a little bit of chocolate together with a spoon of butter. The butter even enhances the taste of the chocolate (imo) and I don't feel the need of eating more.
Coconut oil we find more difficult to eat 'raw', it can upset a stomach if you eat to much of it.
I have been known to cut off all the steak fat and eat it, and then leave all the muscle meat behind. Once I eat the fat, sometimes I just feel satisfied and don't want much of the more protein laden part.
I often, (daily), take a slurp of coconut oil from the jar, it's liquid here in Aust at the moment. I'll also grab a spoonful of butter and wash it down with a gulp of cream as a snack or before bed if peckish. Another treat I make is a mixture of melted coconut oil some coconut flour and some almond flour, let harden in the fridge then cut into pieces. Looks like white chocolate but soo much nicer. Can also mix some raw cacao powder in too.
What is paleo about eating fats and oils outside of their natural medium? Coconut oil is nutrient poor, while coconuts (and even coconut milk) are nutrient rich. For example, there's a theory that CVD is caused, in part, by copper deficiency. Coconuts have lots of copper, while coconut oil (and any pure fat source) has no copper.
Unless your metabolism is already damaged by years of fructose, omega 6 PUFAs, and low vit D status, I don't think there's any reason to eat a low-carb diet. In fact, I think you're better off basing your diet on starchy tubers. When you have fat, however, it should be more saturated and less unsaturated, within reason.
I used to think that eating butter straight would be completely insane and not only that, but when I was eating higher carb/lower fat, it did taste too rich to eat. Now that I've adapted though (having been drinking most of my calories from cream for ages) eating butter straight is easy. I get most of my calories this way now, since it's easier than ingesting butter only when I'm cooking. I try to avoid doing it while my family are around though, since they would assume that I was either a) trying to kill myself, b) trying to gain weight for some reason.
Pork back fat (aka fatback) is a cured slab of pure fat. Very popular in Eastern Europe where it's known as salo. Not sure you'll find it in a regular supermarket, but if you have some Eastern European ethnic food stores around, they should have it.
My mom used to eat pats of butter and when my daughter started to copy her I was a bit angry. Although I ate quite a bit myself. I love the taste of butter and used to eat it on crackers with jam. That was 26yrs ago. Now I just eat the butter, yes sometimes plain. I cook with it often as well. Same goes for coconut oil - either plain (I won't let a drop or smear on a spoon be wasted) or with cocoa powder and honey (my cheat) and it's my primary cooking oil.
I love virgin coconut oil - it was instrumental in helping me survive a restricted diet resulting from a bunch of digestive disorders. It regulated my whacked out blood sugar and was supportive in the healing process. I am a believer! There is one butter substitute on the market that features virgin coconut oil as the first ingredient - ???Melt??? is the only butter substitute I eat ??? it???s really rich and creamy, organic with a great oil blend, and doesn???t have artificial colors, weird chemicals, or garbage oils. It???s the real deal for great taste and optimal nutrition in dietary fat. You can check them out at www.meltbutteryspread.com.
Whenever I cook bacon (basically every morning), a couple hours later I hit up the solidified grease riddled with bits of bacon left in the pan. never tried butter with dark chocolate but definitely going to give that a try!
One of my favorite dessert snacks is unsweetened hot fudge. I mix about three tablespoons of Organic Valley Pasture Butter, a half a cup of heavy cream, a half teaspoon of vanilla extract, and no more than a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder in a pan over low heat. Once the cocoa is fairly well dissolved in the rest of the mixture, I transfer it all into a mug and eat it with a spoon.
As I'm preparing the fudge, I usually shave off a couple of slices of butter and eat them straight :-)
My favorite afternoon snack at work (only once a week or so) is about 10-12 oven-roasted almonds (no oil, no salt) dipped in salted Kerrygold butter. Even the fat-phobics in the office look at that and go "m-m-m-m-m".