I know some may find this a bit gross, but I have recently started eating cold slices of slightly salted pastured butter. I don't put anything else on it, I just let it melt slowly in my mouth. I find it to be an extremely pleasurable experience, and I will often do this as a "dessert." I will often have a desire for butter even after I've eaten a large meal and am full.
Is this craving for butter a function of its palatability (and thus should be limited) or a sign that I'm in need of some essential nutrients that the butter is providing?
I could easily eat half a stick of butter in one sitting, and I'm wondering if that is normal. I feel like it probably isn't...
I finally had to stop buying Kerrygold. I was going through one to two full blocks a week just eating them one slice at time. It turned into a substitute for my much-missed Haagen-Dazs. So the answer to your question is - yes, I find it hyper-palatable!
If it is pastured butter, I am right there with you. I think this is because it is good for me.
I don't think it qualifies as hyper-palatable, though the word itself is so ill defined as to be unhelpful.
Good butter is delivering nutrition, while whatever is supposedly h-p is delivering a chemical profile to the tongue, sans any nutrition but with gluten, soy, omega-6 oils, HFCS, or whatever other evil they can dream up.
Plus, we seem to mysteriously be losing weight and keeping it off while eating butter. Indeed, one of the things I started telling my friends was that the more fat I had in the fridge, the less I had on me. Obviously, I also meant that I was eating a lot of fat.
Even though I get 50-60% of my calories from fat, I don't find pure fat, by itself, even remotely palatable. I'll happily put a large pat of butter on my steak, but I would derive no pleasure at all from sucking on a pat of butter.
I remember, when I was an Army wife, a friend of mine on post who would bring over sliced hard salami and unsalted butter... we'd eat the salami slices with a thin layer of unsalted butter spread on it, and it was AMAZING.... now that your post has reminded me of this, I may have to pick up some salami from our local charcuterie this weekend!
When rushed to get out of the house and hungry, I may have been known to just eat some butter right off the stick. Ditto coconut oil or the lard left in the pan from breakfast. I often add a tablespoon or two of butter to my coffee and steam it into the milk. Our family of four eats at least one Kerrygold package a day. I eat about 3500 calories a day and am active but not doing ANY sort of HIT. I've lost three pounds this month and my blood work is perfect.
I have this problem with pastured heavy cream. One morning I made "ice cream" with a carton of Natural by Nature cream (just put it in an ice cream maker) and by the evening I had finished the entire batch.