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What's the deal with butter?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 31, 2011 at 11:54 AM

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After reading The Paleo Diet and the Paleo Solution, I thought that the Paleo stance on butter was pretty clear. Then, I came across Mark Sisson and his Daily Apple and he seems to encourage copious butter consumption.

I understand that all butter is not created equal (pastured vs. conventional, clarified vs. milk solids), but I'm a little confused at this point.

Anybody know better about butter?

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on May 12, 2011
at 01:45 PM

thanks for your answer!

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

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on May 12, 2011
at 01:44 PM

a somewhat helpful, yet undocumented answer - hardly convincing! but thanks for the attempt - and for not being rude!

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

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on May 12, 2011
at 01:43 PM

well you are rude!

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on April 01, 2011
at 12:07 PM

No I just use butter (and sometimes cream as well). I have made ghee before (for hiking/pemmican) and yeh, it seemed easy enough.

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on April 01, 2011
at 11:17 AM

Sounds good David! Do you use ghee? I've seen quite few products for sale, but it seems pretty easy to make as well.

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on April 01, 2011
at 11:16 AM

I hear you man, will do in the future. I just signed on to Paleo Hacks a few days ago and didn't realize how thoroughly fleshed out most "common" questions were.

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on April 01, 2011
at 11:15 AM

Cool. Whole Foods has just started carrying a pastured butter by Organic Valley and I found a guy in town who has a farm products buying club, so I think I'm going to give it a go.

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on March 31, 2011
at 12:58 PM

Ultimately you have to decide what works best for you, some paleo people eat some dairy, some do not. I don't think it matters to what degree you can say you follow paleo, what matters is what you find that works out best for your health.

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on March 31, 2011
at 12:55 PM

As already noted, there are lots of answers on here about butter, but the basic point is this:

Butter has lots of good things about it (see familygrokumentarian's answer) but it has some milk solids (around half a gram of lactose and protein per 100g) which may be bad. How bad this gram of milk solids per 100g of butter will be depends on how dairy-sensitive you are, which varies absolutely massively across the global population.

Of course you can always eat ghee, which has had even these milk solids removed.

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on April 01, 2011
at 11:17 AM

Sounds good David! Do you use ghee? I've seen quite few products for sale, but it seems pretty easy to make as well.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on April 01, 2011
at 12:07 PM

No I just use butter (and sometimes cream as well). I have made ghee before (for hiking/pemmican) and yeh, it seemed easy enough.

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

(543)

on May 12, 2011
at 01:45 PM

thanks for your answer!

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D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 31, 2011
at 12:32 PM

For reference you could check out the 42 other threads tagged "butter".

Long story short: Most paleo style eaters include (usually pastured) butter in their diet at least sometimes because of its value as a readily-available, affordable, vitamin soluble, high quality stable saturated animal fat that can be used in high temperature cooking.

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on April 01, 2011
at 11:15 AM

Cool. Whole Foods has just started carrying a pastured butter by Organic Valley and I found a guy in town who has a farm products buying club, so I think I'm going to give it a go.

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

(543)

on May 12, 2011
at 01:44 PM

a somewhat helpful, yet undocumented answer - hardly convincing! but thanks for the attempt - and for not being rude!

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on March 31, 2011
at 12:31 PM

I'm not trying to be rude but...there are SO many threads here about butter.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/tagged/butter

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on April 01, 2011
at 11:16 AM

I hear you man, will do in the future. I just signed on to Paleo Hacks a few days ago and didn't realize how thoroughly fleshed out most "common" questions were.

D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

(543)

on May 12, 2011
at 01:43 PM

well you are rude!

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