Butter as main fat source?

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Created January 05, 2013 at 4:53 AM

Any concerns with eating store bought non grassfed butter as one's main source of fat?

Personal experience would also be appreciated!



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on January 05, 2013
at 03:16 PM

I don't know that non-grassfed butter is actually worse for you than grass-fed other than non-grassfed will contain significantly less vitamin K2 and CLA and will have more omega-6. But its so hard to quantify the actual amount of K2 in butter anyway so I don't rely on it and take a K2 supplement. Although the non-grassfed will also have more omega 6 than grassfed the absolute amount of PUFA in butter is pretty small.

That said butter and ghee are the vast majority of my fat intake. Usually 4 tbsp of butter and 3 tbsp of ghee everyday. The butter is Kerrygold, which is grass-fed most of the year, and the ghee is Pure Indian Foods which is grass-fed and very delicious. The ghee is expensive, but the Kerrygold can be had for 2.99/8 oz at Trader Joes.

My latest lipids from my Dec 2012 physical are:

Total Cholesterol - 231 down from 244 a year ago HDL - 78 Trig - 54 Glucose - 93

I'm pretty pleased with those numbers after a year of eating a diet patterned after the PHD diet including about 90 gms/day white rice or potato.

YMMV but I dont fear butter and I'd eat it even if it was not grassfed.


on January 05, 2013
at 06:03 AM

I also agree. Better to do butter of any source than soy butters or any other "copy cats" of the real stuff. If on a budget, just get the best meats and butters, coconut oils, veggies, etc. that you possibly can. If you cannot afford organic, pasture fed, etc. then do the best you can by sticking with whole foods of any sourcing. Just eat as clean as you can. I always stock up on beef cuts, chickens, veggies dependent on when they are on sale. Some things like beef shank bones and marrow bones I always can buy because they are inexpensive. Some weeks I don't know what will be on the menu. I try to find the healthiest foods at the best prices. (Farmer's markets are the most cost effective places for me to shop. I will ask the farmer if he can sell whatever it is for less money and the answer is usually yes. If you don't ask, you don't know :))


on January 05, 2013
at 05:54 AM

Depends on the circumstances. If it is either store bought non grass fed butter vs soybean oil (or canola or vegetable etc) then the butter for sure! But I personally try and follow a holistic approach. I dont add fat just to add fat- but I do make a point to cook with the good stuff and eat a variety. For example I will cook a steak with some good butter but I dont slather on extra just because. To be completely upfront I follow a less meat centric version of paleo than some others on here but I still get a healthy amount of animal. Are you needing to figure out how to do paleo on a budget? (I will update this response after I find this out=) Lots of personal experiences with that one!

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