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Can butter damage your intestines like gluten?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

i've heard that casein can damage the lining of one's intestines much in the same way gluten does. is butter ok to use in that case?

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Kerrygold has various butter products. It should say "milk from grass-fed cows" and "pure irish". Prefer unsalted.

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on December 13, 2012
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i have some salted kerrygold butter. is that a pretty good brand?

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on December 13, 2012
at 09:01 PM

Probably not. In fact, the butyric acid in butter actually is supposed to help heal the gut.

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on December 13, 2012
at 08:39 PM

There are two things to consider in this:

  1. Butter usually only has trace amounts of casein, so it's not a problem, unless you're horribly intolerant/allergic. Just make sure it's grass-fed butter, so you get the K2 vitamin.

  2. Casein is mostly bad from A1 animals, not A2 animals. A1 animals are modern (selected) cows, which is what the dairy industry in the West is based on. That casein is indeed pretty bad because it's not natural (all mammals are A2, but hybridization in the last few hundred years created the modern cow). A2 casein from goat/sheep/buffalo/camel/donkey is not that harmful because it's similar to that found in the human milk. When the Paleo books were written and forbid dairy, they only researched US cow dairy research, not goat/sheep dairy. Personally, coming from rural Greece, where we mostly have goat/sheep, I've never met a single person who was dairy intolerant. Here in the US, it was a different story altogether.

383127951e2e17f23b584cd3842bb796

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on December 13, 2012
at 08:42 PM

i have some salted kerrygold butter. is that a pretty good brand?

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on December 13, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Kerrygold has various butter products. It should say "milk from grass-fed cows" and "pure irish". Prefer unsalted.

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on December 13, 2012
at 08:39 PM

It depends on how damaged you already are. Ideally, once the gut is actually healed, a goal which seems elusive sometimes, then we could tolerate the relatively small amounts of casein that are in butter. Ghee is better, since the process of turning butter into ghee removes the proteins in the butter, as well as water.

Butter seems to be well tolerated by most. I suspect some brands are worse than others, especially in terms of residual protein content. Gluten seems to be worse in general, as there are plenty of milk drinkers who seem tolerate casein pretty well, but can't stomach wheat.

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on December 13, 2012
at 11:41 PM

i don't think so, but if you're concerned, you could use clarified butter or ghee.

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on December 14, 2012
at 08:54 PM

Gluten damages your intestines? I don't think so in healthy individuals. If you have Celiac's Disease or Gluten Intolerance, that's another story. But it's the same with lactose intolerance, you can kind of (depending on how severe the intolerance is) get your body to accept it. But given I am posting on a Paleo site, and for fear of being stoned, I'll concede .

Caesin is a form of dairy protein. If you're worried about dairy damaging your digestive tract, you'd have to ask how lactose/dairy intolerant you are. If you start sweating and vomiting when you drink a glass of milk, yes dairy will mess you up. Just like gluten intolerant individuals. But for those of you that are completely healthy and have no gluten problems...what's your excuse for avoiding it?

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