I'd love to have some feedback on: "to eat or not to eat butter" as well as "to eat or not to eat heavy cream"
Considering that butter and cream are dairy, yet argueably straight fat.
Also, considering you're referring to a person that has no lactose or other issue with dairy products.
I like the Kurt Harris approach: as long as you don't have problems with dairy, it's a good source of quality fats. And some people who have problems with lactose can still have high-fat dairy like butter and cream. If you're casein intolerant, that may be more of a problem.
Butter is arguably straight fat (plus some water a small amount of milk solids, unless you skim them off, giving you ghee), but heavy cream is not; it contains 6.6g of carbs per cup. Very high fat, but not "straight," just for the record.
There are stories here on PH about people who eat large amounts of butter without issue; it seems to be readily convertible to both mental and physical energy. The Maasai of Kenya get most of their calories from dairy, both raw and fermented, and live lives free of heart disease, with comparable longevity once infant mortality is accounted for. Fermented dairy has been a staple of Middle Eastern diets for thousands of years as well.
If you're concerned about it, go without any dairy for two weeks, then add in clarified butter. You can buy it already clarified, or clarify it yourself by melting it over low heat and decanting the pure fat away from the milk solid sediment. Then try whole butter again (Kerrygold is a good choice, and it's delicious) and see if there are any effects that you notice. Then try heavy cream if butter isn't an issue. If any of these cause problems, stop consumption!
We eat butter and cream quite a bit, if we drink milk it's either homemade almond milk or raw milk (when we can afford it). We use the Kerrygold butter, because it's grass fed. Robb Wolf says to try to go 30 days without dairy and then add it back in and see how you feel. Sometimes it can affect our bodies but we dont know it because it's something that's always been in our diet.
I am not sure. I like butter and cream, and I know that dairy has many nutritional qualities. It also strikes me as curious that humans would feed on other species milk: no other species is normally doing this in the wild! Besides there are many studies linking milk to serious illness like diabetes or atherosclerosis: http://www.yourhealthbase.com/A2_milk.htm
In summary I am quite confused about milk and dairy....
My nutritionist, who is the blessed person who told me about Paleo (which has changed my life), told me not to eat any dairy EXCEPT organic butter, which she encouraged me to eat copius amounts of. She said it's anti-inflammatory and is as good as taking metformin, the drug I'm on for PCOS :) She said it will boost metabolism. I dont know the official reason though/don't have a resource - perhaps I will google it now! It seems to be working out ok!
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