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Too much butter or not enough?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM

After losing my fear for saturated fats, I've realized that I am eating 1 block (250g) of butter every 3 days. Is that too much? Now days I am cooking mostly with just butter and I wonder if eating so much of it is a symptom that I should be using other fat sources for cooking.

On the other hand, most of my usage of butter is during breakfast and non heated. There I eat like 4/5 rice waffles well covered along some greens and sauerkraut.

Could it be bad using too much butter for cooking? Would it be better to start using other fats? By which order do you choose your fats?

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on March 22, 2013
at 05:16 PM

Sure, you could look at it that way, or you could look at it from the perspective that I've hacked high fat diets so that those whom traditionally don't do well on them, possibly because of genetic factors, can better utilize and digest the fat they eat by increasing bile flow and lowering serum LDL. You see a problem, I see a gigantic awesome solution that I never would've stumbled upon if I stayed inside my comfort zone. Get real son.

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on March 22, 2013
at 04:39 PM

I think you would quantify too much butter when you come to the conclusion that you need to buy a supplement because your stools are unhealthy.

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:30 PM

betsy, butter unlike most dairy contains very little milk solids and is mostly fat. a lot of people on here consider it okay and make it a staple in their diets, although others disagree. some clarify the butter to make ghee, which gets rid of the remaining milk solids and leaves only fat.

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C28ae8c7a12a730363835acf21e962a2

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:33 PM

you can overdo anything. if eating a quarter block of butter keeps you satiated and you're not feeling ill effects then i suppose your fine. i'd advise like the others that you should switch it up. coconut and olive oil are just as good as butter, if not better imo. don't feel like you need to add 9 tbsp of butter to every meal just because some people say you need to load up on as much fat as possible. i recall one person on here saying he brought a stick of butter to the movies as a snack. that's just insane in my book. use common sense and find a balance.

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on March 20, 2013
at 03:12 PM

I think the key is balance: it's the same as someone who only eats one type of vegetable. Yes, it might be delicious, but so are other vegetables, AND you get different health benefits.

It could be helpful to throw in some coconut oil, maybe macadamia nut oil, lard, ghee...variety is the spice of life (and cooking)

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on March 20, 2013
at 02:48 PM

I'd always err on the side of moderation. Too much of any stuff is usually a bad idea, even for the healthiest of the foods. That being said, 250g of butter seems a lot. If this was your very only source of fat, then maybe... but I guess there'll be other fats in your diet adding up to this.

I'd keep an eye on how you feel and how you manage your weight and overall body composition and some labs now and then won't hurt and if everything seems OK then maybe you can stick with it but I'd try to rotate it with other fats specially good vegetable sources (not omega-6 PUFAs) like olive oil, red palm oil or coconut oil, just to be safe. Keep the temp lower as they're oxidized more easily than saturated animal fat. For animal fats, you can go with lard, ghee (almost same as butter), or also you could every now and then just roast or boil and not rely on fats to cook, just to cycle things a little bit.

Also keep in mind that mixing rice flour with fats may not be the best of the ideas. Carbs plus fats are great trigger for fat storage so I'd better eat low fat if eating carbs and get more protein, and go with more fat when just accompanied with protein or very low carb sources like veggies.

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:22 PM

I'm confused here. I just finished reading a book to begin the Paleo diet for beginners. It says to avoid all dairy foods including butter and all cereal grains which included rice cakes.

C28ae8c7a12a730363835acf21e962a2

(715)

on March 20, 2013
at 05:30 PM

betsy, butter unlike most dairy contains very little milk solids and is mostly fat. a lot of people on here consider it okay and make it a staple in their diets, although others disagree. some clarify the butter to make ghee, which gets rid of the remaining milk solids and leaves only fat.

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on March 20, 2013
at 03:01 PM

I eat the same amount and I am wondering the same! I eat it on coconut flour pancakes as chunks to maintain my weight. Without I would be dead.

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on March 20, 2013
at 02:54 PM

I ate a poun of butter yesterday (srs). Too much? Maybe, I don't really know how you'd quantify too much. It didn't kill me or make me sick, and I ate it as part of a balanced meal, (hit micro and macro goals); so I'm gonna venture a guess to say that your 83.3 grams of butter a day is not too much butter, but if your doctor says otherwise or blood tests as otherwise, then you should probably listen to those.

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on March 22, 2013
at 04:39 PM

I think you would quantify too much butter when you come to the conclusion that you need to buy a supplement because your stools are unhealthy.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on March 22, 2013
at 05:16 PM

Sure, you could look at it that way, or you could look at it from the perspective that I've hacked high fat diets so that those whom traditionally don't do well on them, possibly because of genetic factors, can better utilize and digest the fat they eat by increasing bile flow and lowering serum LDL. You see a problem, I see a gigantic awesome solution that I never would've stumbled upon if I stayed inside my comfort zone. Get real son.

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on March 20, 2013
at 02:42 PM

There's no such thing as too much grassfed butter. :) As long as it doesn't give you stretorhea, go for it.

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on March 20, 2013
at 03:24 PM

Replace the waffles with meat, and more butter. Then put butter on it. Add butter as needed.

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