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Grain fed butter - is it really that bad?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 31, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I know that grass fed is much superior, but I am on a budget in California. I used to eat liberal amounts of Kerrygold and Smjor but went down to getting Trader Joe's Organic butter. Even then butter is pretty expensive for me.

I am thinking of eating the organic but grain fed butter liberally just like how I did with Kerrygold, but was wondering if there was any downside to it.

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:22 PM

it probably won't kill you unless you choke on it

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on May 31, 2012
at 07:48 PM

So it's not like going to kill me or make me sick if I eat a lot of the butter, right? It says the cows roam on green pastures by the way.. probably not 100% grass fed but still

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on May 31, 2012
at 07:47 PM

I am talking about organic, so no hormones, antibiotics, or chemicals (as said on the box). It also said that the cows roam on green pastures, so that explains why the butter is so yellow... I am sure it's not 100% grass fed but it's still grass fed.. I just found out.

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at 01:03 PM

If we are talking about consuming mass quantities, I think I'd go with organic grain fed butter over coconut oil and olive oil. If we aren't talking mass quantities, then it probably doesn't matter much either way.

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on May 31, 2012
at 01:02 PM

I agree with Matt. Also, OP is talking about organic, so the chemicals shouldn't be there, right?

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on May 31, 2012
at 12:54 PM

I was going to say that I could swear Sisson wrote an article about this very subject, thanks for finding the link.

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on May 31, 2012
at 12:43 PM

Fat does not store toxins, some toxins happen to accumulate there. Won't comment on the detox nonsense...

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at 11:33 AM

I agree, but you don't need that much anyway. I guess it partly depends on what OP means by "liberally"

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at 10:57 AM

Butter doesn't have significant omega-3 though...

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276a5e631b62f8e0793987c0496364bb

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on May 31, 2012
at 12:42 PM

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on May 31, 2012
at 12:54 PM

I was going to say that I could swear Sisson wrote an article about this very subject, thanks for finding the link.

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on May 31, 2012
at 11:38 AM

Think of fat cells as natures toxic waste dump, all the bad stuff gets stored there. This is why most people feel like crap for a while when they are detoxing. I am not sure if it works the same with eating butter as it does with eating other types of animal fat, but you will be injesting the same chemicals the animal did, just to be safe I would avoid it. If you are on a budget you can get organic expeller-pressed coconut oil at walmart for about 5 bucks, and huge containers of organic olive oil at costco, nobody said you HAD to eat butter.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on May 31, 2012
at 01:02 PM

I agree with Matt. Also, OP is talking about organic, so the chemicals shouldn't be there, right?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 31, 2012
at 12:43 PM

Fat does not store toxins, some toxins happen to accumulate there. Won't comment on the detox nonsense...

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on May 31, 2012
at 01:03 PM

If we are talking about consuming mass quantities, I think I'd go with organic grain fed butter over coconut oil and olive oil. If we aren't talking mass quantities, then it probably doesn't matter much either way.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

(1453)

on May 31, 2012
at 07:47 PM

I am talking about organic, so no hormones, antibiotics, or chemicals (as said on the box). It also said that the cows roam on green pastures, so that explains why the butter is so yellow... I am sure it's not 100% grass fed but it's still grass fed.. I just found out.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 31, 2012
at 11:13 AM

Ruminant products are low in PUFA. You might miss out on a little omega-3, but less than 1% of the fat is going to be omega-3 anyway. Less conjugated linoleic acid - an uncommon fat. The bigger difference is going to be in the vitamin profile, particularly lower vitamin A and K.

The biggest difference is flavor, grass-fed butter tastes stronger, and more buttery than conventional butter.

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:44 AM

I think then you'll want to make sure you have another source of omega 3 (e.g., eat some fatty fish). Also, I think you'll be missing out on CLA and vitamin A, but if you eat some pastured beef, you could get it from there.

This posting should be helpful too:

http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2011/4/5/wild-vs-grass-vs-grain-fed-ruminants.html

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:57 AM

Butter doesn't have significant omega-3 though...

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on May 31, 2012
at 11:33 AM

I agree, but you don't need that much anyway. I guess it partly depends on what OP means by "liberally"

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:22 PM

it probably won't kill you unless you choke on it

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on May 31, 2012
at 07:48 PM

So it's not like going to kill me or make me sick if I eat a lot of the butter, right? It says the cows roam on green pastures by the way.. probably not 100% grass fed but still

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