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Naive Question: How do Paleos eat so much butter?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 01, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Sorry if this is totally obvious...

Every Paleo is constantly talking online about how they eat lots of butter. This became clear too in the recent (awesome!) photos-of-your-fridge thread (what does your fridge look like) where the first poster's fridge is half butter.

But what do you eat so much butter with and how?

When I cook meat, for example, because I cook it with all the fat -- I don't need to add in any more butter, since the fat is there for it to cook in. And when I did try adding in butter to cook it, the result wasn't so hot.

The other paleo-ish foods I eat (eggs, etc), require some butter to cook but not loads.

So, my weird paleo question: I want to be a good Paleo and eat lots of butter. But how?

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I don't think homogenization means anything when all that's left is pure fat...

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on March 15, 2013
at 10:31 PM

You don't need to eat "lots" of butter, or any butter at all. There are plenty of us "orthodox" Paleo people left who use dairy sparingly, rarely, or not at all.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on February 14, 2012
at 08:56 PM

Thanks Richard :) I was just trying to be helpful!

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 14, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I don't understand why this is down voted. Using the search function is something that is under utilized here on PH.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 25, 2011
at 04:14 PM

That sounds super delicious! Can't wait to try this!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on December 24, 2011
at 10:00 PM

wow. i don't do this anymore. We bought 2 pounds of butter like 2 months ago. We haven't even opened the second box yet. I think I've cut about 90+% of my butter consumption.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on May 12, 2011
at 02:25 PM

who in the world would secretly donwvote this? and why? so bizarre, I tell you.

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

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on May 12, 2011
at 01:42 PM

getting warmer! Thank you - for at least considering the subject and stating an opinion - that I've seen in writing - whereas a lot of folks simply make stupid comments about using it and on what!!!!

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

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on May 12, 2011
at 01:39 PM

it doesn't make a lot of sense, but it's an attempt which is far better than i can say about the other responses to this question - essentially saying "they use it"! DUHHH!!! So thanks I guess!

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on April 03, 2011
at 04:51 PM

@ Mari I hadn't noticed that it had, I assumed it only hadn't been voted up! @ Joshua, I just meant a steak that had the fat on it and was minimally trimmed (that's the least trimmed of the options on ND). Chuck steak on there is slightly fattier: 19g/100g rather than 14g, so still slightly less than the mince. I suspect more people routinely eat sirloin or rump than any of these fattier cuts.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on April 03, 2011
at 04:39 PM

Why does this have downvotes?

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on April 03, 2011
at 01:42 PM

Since when is top sirloin a fatty steak? Any "loin" cut is (on almost all counts) the leanest cut of the animal... Now, a Ribeye with the fatty "tailpiece" left on, un-trimmed Delmonicos, and Chuck-eye steaks, that's where the fat is... and it's GOOOOOOD...

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on April 03, 2011
at 01:34 PM

You are quite brave gn... I feel the same way however - this site seems to be strong with the PaNu and Primal Blueprint viewpoints of paleo. I still enjoy butter, but it is not "Paleo" to me, it's a compromise... just like olive oil... or the occasional tuber.

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on April 02, 2011
at 01:01 AM

Great, correlation equals causation--that's how we do science these days. Mechanistically, what is the pathway whereby butter either inhibits apoptosis or induces mutations in cells? I can tell you actual mechanisms whereby sugar mucks up cellular machinery. Trans fats or excessive PUFAs, yeah. But butter alone? Especially butter from pastured cows? Yeah, people with a lot of other casual factors who ALSO eat a lot of butter, get more cancer. Great. So when you've controlled for all the other factors, does butter cause cancer?

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on April 01, 2011
at 09:16 PM

Internet forums aren't paleo either, so I guess that disqualifies you too.

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on April 01, 2011
at 06:56 PM

I am not against dairy but I am very cautious with dairy and any other neolithic food. In fact several studies suggest a connection between dairy consumption and cancer rates.

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on April 01, 2011
at 06:48 PM

Doh! I never thought of that- my cat used to jump up on the counter and eat the butter but always left the other foods alone. We fed her conventional cat food plus dad would give her Velveeta and deli meat. Poor thing was probably starving for (good) fat.<-- responding to Dave's comment about his cat eating butter.

9ac8a7b68cf079b22de42b703e466e64

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on April 01, 2011
at 06:33 PM

just because it's a neolithic food doesn't by definition exclude it from being healthy http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2010/3/28/the-only-reasonable-paleo-principle.html

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on April 01, 2011
at 03:42 PM

I recently purchased a recipe collection from 1973 - lots of fattening dishes, lots of meat. Only issue is there's also lots of potatoes and flour as thickener. But I've found some great recipes for the next week I hope to try out. I'm thinking about starting a blog too, all dedicated to "real food"!

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on April 01, 2011
at 02:42 PM

I don't eat a lot of butter, so not everyone does.

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

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on April 01, 2011
at 02:33 PM

Yes, I have a grilling cookbook printed in 1965, and many recipes end with "put a pat of butter on top." I still don't remember to do it most of the time, but it's ridiculous how good it is.

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on April 01, 2011
at 01:04 PM

With a spoon, of course. Although my cat just licks it. I butter my salmon. BTW, butter is not required to be paleo - we just like it. :)

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on April 01, 2011
at 12:55 PM

Lather your veggies in it! Of course

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on April 01, 2011
at 03:28 PM

I put butter on:

beef (steak)

lamb

eggs

veggies

potatoes

rice

cooked veggies

sweet potato

coconut flour pancakes

organic popcorn popped in coconut oil or ghee (i know this isn't Paleo, but we rarely do it, and I do put butter (or ghee) on it)

I put gobs of butter in:

virtually all homemade soups (bone broths, sweet potato soup, Sancocho, etc)

virtually all crockpot meals (coconut curry lamb, beef stew)

And technically, since ghee is made directly from butter, I cook in butter all the time and add spoonfuls to certain foods here and there.

And if you add cream to the mix, which is basically liquid butter plus some buttermilk, then that's a whole new list of uses.

:)

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on May 12, 2011
at 02:25 PM

who in the world would secretly donwvote this? and why? so bizarre, I tell you.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on December 24, 2011
at 10:00 PM

wow. i don't do this anymore. We bought 2 pounds of butter like 2 months ago. We haven't even opened the second box yet. I think I've cut about 90+% of my butter consumption.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 01, 2011
at 09:10 PM

"I want to be a good Paleo" - well, you can be a good paleo without eating any butter;

not on topic, but i personally think, that the very term "paleo" has become far too broad and vague: there may be no problems with eating butter or white rice or whatever - but with a straight face calling it "paleo"? i believe that "paleo" should be reserved for the strictest, literalistic, re-enactment-centered variety of this way of eating, for others there are a lot of substitutes - "ancestral", "primal", "panu"...

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on April 03, 2011
at 01:34 PM

You are quite brave gn... I feel the same way however - this site seems to be strong with the PaNu and Primal Blueprint viewpoints of paleo. I still enjoy butter, but it is not "Paleo" to me, it's a compromise... just like olive oil... or the occasional tuber.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on April 01, 2011
at 09:16 PM

Internet forums aren't paleo either, so I guess that disqualifies you too.

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

(543)

on May 12, 2011
at 01:42 PM

getting warmer! Thank you - for at least considering the subject and stating an opinion - that I've seen in writing - whereas a lot of folks simply make stupid comments about using it and on what!!!!

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A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

on April 01, 2011
at 08:56 PM

I don't eat that much butter. I haven't eaten any in the past couple months.. I will be adding more, but I generally cook in coconut oil. I don't mix meat with dairy, so there is limited amount of dishes I can use it in, mostly eggs and veggies.

YOu don't have to run on butter to be "good paleo" :)

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Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

on April 01, 2011
at 02:59 PM

I do not eat that much butter. Butter, as all dairy is a neolithic food, just accepted by paleos (remember that milking cows is a neolithic thing). It is far from being my favorite staple, though I like to have it once in a while with my vegetables.

9ac8a7b68cf079b22de42b703e466e64

(787)

on April 01, 2011
at 06:33 PM

just because it's a neolithic food doesn't by definition exclude it from being healthy http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2010/3/28/the-only-reasonable-paleo-principle.html

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

(3524)

on April 01, 2011
at 06:56 PM

I am not against dairy but I am very cautious with dairy and any other neolithic food. In fact several studies suggest a connection between dairy consumption and cancer rates.

9f9fa49265e03ddd2bf2bba5477a556b

(3184)

on April 02, 2011
at 01:01 AM

Great, correlation equals causation--that's how we do science these days. Mechanistically, what is the pathway whereby butter either inhibits apoptosis or induces mutations in cells? I can tell you actual mechanisms whereby sugar mucks up cellular machinery. Trans fats or excessive PUFAs, yeah. But butter alone? Especially butter from pastured cows? Yeah, people with a lot of other casual factors who ALSO eat a lot of butter, get more cancer. Great. So when you've controlled for all the other factors, does butter cause cancer?

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A895c96ac1ef1d2e5d8b59b4462c2b71

on April 01, 2011
at 12:55 PM

I put a pad on cooked steaks like they do in steakhouses. I "finish" a lot of dishes with butter, i.e. stir it in as i finish greens, veggies, etc. Add to sauces or fat drippings to make a creamed gravy.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on December 24, 2011
at 09:14 AM

A family I used to work for showed me how to make a butter and tuna pate that you can whip up in a food processor in about a minute, and it is freakin' amazing.

1 can of tuna or salmon (or mackeral if you're feeling adventurous).

1 stick of butter.

The juice from 1 lemon.

A handful of capers.

Dill, salt, and pepper to taste.

Just run the food processor until it turns into a velvety paste.

Good on celery, carrot sticks, rice crackers, or just by the spoonful.

It is amazing how quickly I can go through a stick of butter when I make that.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on December 25, 2011
at 04:14 PM

That sounds super delicious! Can't wait to try this!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 01, 2011
at 05:15 PM

Here's why I eat a lot of butter. I can't afford grass-fed beef all the time, so I don't eat a lot of beef fat. I can afford grass-fed butter. So I use it and fish oil to balance out the Omega 6 and curb my hunger. Make sense?

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

(543)

on May 12, 2011
at 01:39 PM

it doesn't make a lot of sense, but it's an attempt which is far better than i can say about the other responses to this question - essentially saying "they use it"! DUHHH!!! So thanks I guess!

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on April 03, 2011
at 11:20 AM

I use butter for cooking or making sauces, hollandaise or beurre blanc. I use it enough to make the food cook well, not more. Sauces taste better on fish and vegetables than straight butter. I dont ever eat butter only, i want to have a complete meal. Gorging butter or some cream only reminds me of too much SAD binge eating. Everybody should learn how to make a good hollandaise, its got enough fat so you woouldnt have to add it to anywhere else. and tastes good. :)

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on April 01, 2011
at 01:14 PM

All the meats I cook are so lean that I need to add substantial fat of some sort to my diet. I don't know where I'd find anything fattier without eating pork (which I avoid for the omega-6). My relatively fatty mince (20% fat) would only give me 1500 calories (for my protein dose) so I'd need a good 150g/1150 calories of butter (or something else). A fatty steak (top sirloin, separable lean and fat, trimmed to 1/8" fat, choice) is even less fat.

Obviously I'd cook both the steak (if I ever ate steak) and the mince in butter in a pan. At the moment I'm slow cooking/stewing quite a lot of meats, so it would be difficult to add fat to those, but I have no problem adding butter to pan fried vegetables (cauliflower, brocolli, cabbage, courgettes etc) or carrot or squash soup, or just eating a lump. I do that because butter is pretty cheap, uncontroversial and convenient though, not because I'm afraid I'm missing my recommended butter allowance.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on April 03, 2011
at 04:39 PM

Why does this have downvotes?

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on April 03, 2011
at 01:42 PM

Since when is top sirloin a fatty steak? Any "loin" cut is (on almost all counts) the leanest cut of the animal... Now, a Ribeye with the fatty "tailpiece" left on, un-trimmed Delmonicos, and Chuck-eye steaks, that's where the fat is... and it's GOOOOOOD...

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on April 03, 2011
at 04:51 PM

@ Mari I hadn't noticed that it had, I assumed it only hadn't been voted up! @ Joshua, I just meant a steak that had the fat on it and was minimally trimmed (that's the least trimmed of the options on ND). Chuck steak on there is slightly fattier: 19g/100g rather than 14g, so still slightly less than the mince. I suspect more people routinely eat sirloin or rump than any of these fattier cuts.

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9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

on April 01, 2011
at 12:56 PM

The best way to do butter + steak is not only to cook in it (you'll have to use slightly lower heat so it doesn't burn perhaps that's why it didn't turn out ok?) but when you let the meat rest, put a pat of butter on top. It's so delicious that way.

Also, you have to remember we all don't live near an organic store. If I were to ever FIND kerrygold, I would buy OODLES of it and keep it in my fridge. Doesn't mean they eat THAT MUCH butter every week or every day - just that they've stocked up. Butter stays fresh in a freezer almost indefinitely.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 01, 2011
at 03:42 PM

I recently purchased a recipe collection from 1973 - lots of fattening dishes, lots of meat. Only issue is there's also lots of potatoes and flour as thickener. But I've found some great recipes for the next week I hope to try out. I'm thinking about starting a blog too, all dedicated to "real food"!

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on April 01, 2011
at 02:33 PM

Yes, I have a grilling cookbook printed in 1965, and many recipes end with "put a pat of butter on top." I still don't remember to do it most of the time, but it's ridiculous how good it is.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on April 01, 2011
at 12:45 PM

I like to put butter on my finished omelette, and just load up my veggies & sweet potatoes with it. One of my fave things about this way of eating is no longer feeling like I have to limit butter :)

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Cf4576cbcc44fc7f2294135609bce9e5

on December 24, 2011
at 05:59 AM

butter is a nice fat to use as body fuel. when i lost 45 pounds of fat this year it was transported im my blood like the butter found in milk. i add butter to my paleo soups, or as a tab on top scramble eggs, i mix butter and coconut oil when making paleo ice cream. i cook shrip, onions, mushrooms in it. i used to add it to popcorn as a weekly cheat untill i decided it wasnt worth the swollen fingers the next day. butter is my friend. im really glad i can tolerate it so well. im going to make gee soon to see if it makes me feel even better than whole butter.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on April 01, 2011
at 04:36 PM

I agree with the others who say butter is the perfect finishing sauce because it really is. I almost never cook with it but I don't consider most dishes ready for consumption until at least a little butter has gone on top.

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5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

on March 15, 2013
at 09:16 PM

Bulletproof coffee/tea is also another way, and sometimes butter is really good all by itself, especially unsalted butter!

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Bbed4ff9a7f4e88698362b4ec5329cd7

on March 15, 2013
at 09:10 PM

ACCORDING T THE HEALTH SCHOOLS PALEO DIETERS SHOULD NOT EAT BUTTER. IT COMES FROM HOMOGENISED MILK CONTRIBUTES TO CANCER SO IF YOU ARE A TRUE PALEO DONT EAT IT. OLIVE OIL IS BETTER!!!!!

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I don't think homogenization means anything when all that's left is pure fat...

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E34fbfa1bca9ae970c9c7313bf9de9f8

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on April 01, 2011
at 07:10 PM

I would argue this is a matter of personal preference. Some paleos' don't advocate eating butter, due to it being dairy (Robb Wolff/Art DeVany), while others think it's the bees knees (PaNu/Primal). I like butter (kerrygold) personally and often cook my eggs in it.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 01, 2011
at 06:51 PM

I melt butter and add lemon, lime juice or vinegar and seasonings to make a salad dressing. Butter is delicious on lettuce. It's best if the lettuce has been out of the refrig for a little while so it's not so cold that the butter solidifies on contact. I got the idea from a whole food blogger in Seattle, sorry can't remember her name/no link.

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B485f0cf678c0b420941e883adfea28d

on April 01, 2011
at 04:18 PM

Slice up some green plantains. Fry them in coconut oil. Pad of Kerrygold. Heaven.

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on April 01, 2011
at 02:10 PM

Also, I add it to soups and stews just right into the serving bowl.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on April 01, 2011
at 01:47 PM

Butter is awesome on my sweet potatoes and butternut squash!

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2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on April 01, 2011
at 12:34 PM

There are lots of posts relating to butter on Paleo hacks, go to "tags" type in "butter".

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 14, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I don't understand why this is down voted. Using the search function is something that is under utilized here on PH.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on February 14, 2012
at 08:56 PM

Thanks Richard :) I was just trying to be helpful!

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