Being strict paleo, I understand that I would have to eliminate butter...
but my question is, is there any reason to eliminate butter? I have heard anecdotal evidence that it might raise insulin levels, but I haven't been able to find any studies that prove it (with good variable isolation).
And before people ask me what my goals are, I'll just state that I am trying to understand as best as possible rather than achieve. I am already doing really well and would likely continue for some time...but I would like to understand what I'm doing and be able to explain it to people when they ask.
Also...is Ghee preferred to butter? If so, why?
Yes, you can eat whatever you want. ;)
Seriously, though, if you want to eat butter try to find a European butter, like Kerrygold (they have it at Sam's Club/Costco/Trader Joes) because the cows are grass-fed which reduces harmful stuff in your delicious butter.
Truly strict Paleo doesn't not usually include dairy, that is because dairy can raise insulin levels. Many Paleo people continue to eat dairy and will call it "lacto-Paleo". Usually they stick to low casein type dairy like butter, heavy cream, hard cheeses and greek/goat yogurt, but some eat all dairy. Some people that consider themselves very strict Paleo eaters still eat butter and heavy cream because they have low amounts of casein and are yummy!
If you aren't sure if you react to dairy, you should eliminate it from your diet for 30 days, then add it back in and see if there are any reactions.
I love butter...to take it away from me, you'd have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands. One of my favorite lunches is a slab of cold rump roast with a thick layer of cold butter on it, with a little salt and pepper.
I have found the most delicious butter to be goat butter. It has less casein (protein in butter) and an amazing taste. But I am not "strict" paleo - I prefer not to be fundamentalist in anything and I love my butter!
I believe the reason they exclude it is because of the dairy (presumably paleo folks weren't going around milking wild cows back in the day).
In terms of butter, there's milk solids, casein and the like in it. Can cause immune problems for some people.
While I don't have those problems, I like Ghee because it works at a higher temperature without burning, so good for cooking my eggs in, is a good source of fats, and lasts a long time at room temperature.
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