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WHY does cheese contain more casein than butter?

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Created June 07, 2012 at 6:27 AM

Can anybody explain this phenomenon? I guess it has something to do with the curdling of cheese...it coagulates the proteins....and for butter, the casein is lost in the whey?

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on June 07, 2012
at 07:01 AM

casein is a protein

cheese is high in protein, butter is high in fat.... as simple as that!

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Aglaee the Paleo RD said it spot on!

the fresher cheeses will also have more caseins (ie: ricotta, mozzarella) and will likely give you trouble if you have issues with dairy. Best to look to older cheeses (ie: parmaesan, brie, camembert)

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on June 07, 2012
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It's not to do with the curdling of cheese. Milk has a load of casein (a milk protein) in it, as does cheese. Butter has had almost all the milk protein removed from it (see churning), if it's made from milk or, if it's made directly from cream, obviously the cream was already just milkfat with most of the protein removed.

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on June 07, 2012
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When you make cheese you curdle milk to make butterfat and protein (casein) curds, then drain the lactose sugar and most of the liquid off as whey.

When you make butter you don't have any whey because you're not curdling anything. You skim the cream off (butterfat to make butter), leaving skim milk (lactose sugar and casein).

It's all good!

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Cheese has much more casein (a protein that breaks down during digestion to form opiates - addictive substances) than is found in milk, ice cream, butter or other dairy products. Therefore, cheese, which has 70 percent of its calories from fat, is not only addictive due to the presence of opiates, but also fattening. Yes, cheese makes you fat!

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