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Does butter contain lactose?

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Is pastured butter suitable for those that are lactose intolerant? Should it be avoided by those with auto-immune disorders?

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581 · January 14, 2012 at 11:25 PM

i agree with making ghee. i just started recently and i can't believe how much milk solids come out! 113g of butter yield what looked out a small fried egg white! btw, butter has 0.7% lactose

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813 · January 03, 2012 at 9:37 PM

You wrote: "Everyone should have their own reasons..." I wrote: "Because I've to handle multiple sclerosis..." And the primary question was about autoimmune disorders.

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5332 · January 03, 2012 at 6:47 PM

There's many strands to the the Paleo scene. Many will say they are motivated purely by the science, but the reality is that we're fooling ourselves if we think we know for sure what the total effects of any particular lifestyle factor are. Our best experimental evidence is that our species has survived, and it's hard to justify any foodstuff as better or even necessary compared to those we had available during that history. Everyone should have their own reasons for what they choose to include in their diet. The important thing though is just that they think about it at all.

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18412 · January 03, 2012 at 6:46 PM

nice edit. downvote removed.

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18412 · January 03, 2012 at 6:46 PM

much better. downvote removed.

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18412 · January 03, 2012 at 6:34 PM

factually, actually.

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813 · January 03, 2012 at 6:31 PM

When I was a paleo newbie some month ago, the butter item was very clear: butter is dairy and dairy is not a part of the paleo diet. The longer I watch the scenery I'm not that sure any more. So many people do all kinds dairy. Because I've to handle multiple sclerosis I decided to stay rather strict: butter is dairy and dairy isn't good !!

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18412 · January 03, 2012 at 6:30 PM

come on andy. i really didn't mean to offend you. butter has some lactose.

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18412 · January 03, 2012 at 6:29 PM

gone through all that trouble? dude. I make homemade ghee. I don't need to google this to obtain that knowledge. It is in my head.

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5332 · January 03, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Grammatically? Semantically? Ethically?

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5332 · January 03, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Why not edit it then to improve it, if you don't want to expose yourself by supplying better information in your own answer? That's the whole point of this site, not to snipe at people you disagree with.

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18412 · January 03, 2012 at 6:26 PM

it is me. i am having a good day actually. your answer is wrong.

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18412 · January 03, 2012 at 6:26 PM

why not post a correct answer instead of an incorrect one. that is the reason for your negative one point.

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5332 · January 03, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Good googling yourself to edit that comment. Why not actually post an answer having gone to all that trouble?

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5332 · January 03, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Is that you Jack? Complaining that pure butterfat doesn't contain lactose? Or that butter is very rarely an issue for the lactose-intolerant? Or just downvoting for the thrill because you've had a bad day?

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18412 · January 03, 2012 at 6:21 PM

this is a 5 second google question. of course butter contains some lactose. cultured butter usually contains a bit less, but it's still there. that's one of the reasons that people make ghee or clarified butter.

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18412 · January 03, 2012 at 6:17 PM

this is a 5 second google question. of course butter contains lactose.

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5332 · January 03, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Traditionally butter shouldn't contain lactose. The definitive ingredient is butterfat, and in practice any remaining lactose would have been fermented rendering the content negligible. They had little use for uncultured butter that spoiled quickly. Modern industrial practice allows for a small amount of lactose to be preserved in the water typically remain in butter products. This is small enough to be tolerable by most people, however the most sensitive may prefer clarified butter (almost pure butterfat) or artificially cultured butter. Or they could avoid it altogether.

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18412 · January 03, 2012 at 6:46 PM

much better. downvote removed.

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5332 · January 03, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Is that you Jack? Complaining that pure butterfat doesn't contain lactose? Or that butter is very rarely an issue for the lactose-intolerant? Or just downvoting for the thrill because you've had a bad day?

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5332 · January 03, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Grammatically? Semantically? Ethically?

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18412 · January 03, 2012 at 6:34 PM

factually, actually.

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18412 · January 03, 2012 at 6:46 PM

nice edit. downvote removed.

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18412 · January 03, 2012 at 6:26 PM

it is me. i am having a good day actually. your answer is wrong.

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37187 · January 03, 2012 at 11:36 PM

@balor123, you probably already have what you need but I'll add this:

Those with messed-up gut flora/metabolism who have trouble with dairy will probably react to butter--I know I did. For quite a while I had to make ghee.

Now, with healthier metabolism and a much happier gut I handle butter (and even home-made full-fat yogurt) just fine although butter is an occasional ingredient. I'm a major user of whatever fat's on/in the meat or my tub of beef tallow.

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2913 · January 03, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Approaching from the other direction: lactose is water soluble (ie. more lactose in skim milk than heavy cream), therefore there won't be any lactose in the butter fat, BUT there will be some (small quantities) in the milk solids (generally not enough for most lactose intolerant). Clarifying butter (or making ghee) is the easiest way to remove what's left and has the advantages of cooking at higher temperatures and storing longer.

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581 · January 14, 2012 at 11:25 PM

i agree with making ghee. i just started recently and i can't believe how much milk solids come out! 113g of butter yield what looked out a small fried egg white! btw, butter has 0.7% lactose

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813 · January 03, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I've an autoimmune disease and I try very hard to avoid butter. Most of the time I make Ghee out of the Kerrygold Butter, very rarely I can't withstand the fresh butter. Too tasty :-)

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813 · January 03, 2012 at 6:31 PM

When I was a paleo newbie some month ago, the butter item was very clear: butter is dairy and dairy is not a part of the paleo diet. The longer I watch the scenery I'm not that sure any more. So many people do all kinds dairy. Because I've to handle multiple sclerosis I decided to stay rather strict: butter is dairy and dairy isn't good !!

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5332 · January 03, 2012 at 6:47 PM

There's many strands to the the Paleo scene. Many will say they are motivated purely by the science, but the reality is that we're fooling ourselves if we think we know for sure what the total effects of any particular lifestyle factor are. Our best experimental evidence is that our species has survived, and it's hard to justify any foodstuff as better or even necessary compared to those we had available during that history. Everyone should have their own reasons for what they choose to include in their diet. The important thing though is just that they think about it at all.

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813 · January 03, 2012 at 9:37 PM

You wrote: "Everyone should have their own reasons..." I wrote: "Because I've to handle multiple sclerosis..." And the primary question was about autoimmune disorders.

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20908 · January 03, 2012 at 6:17 PM

It may have some trace amounts; however, both lactose and casein make me quite sick and I still cook with lots of butter and have heavy-cream lattes almost every day. There's not enough in there to make me feel it (and I did the typical remove it for 30 days and reintroduce to see if it's a problem thing). So I'd say if you're fine with it, then it's a great source of fat (and flavor), but if it does make you sick, there's lots of other tasty sources of fat out there, so you're not missing much.

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