As the popularity of plant-based diets increases, the availability of plant-based substitutes has also grown. These plant-based products range from meat substitutes, to egg substitutes, to dairy substitutes; today, there are not a lot of animal-based foods that do not have a plant-based substitution available on the market.
One of the popular plant-based food substitutes is butter.
To be clear, butter is perfectly fine for The Kaufmann Diet. Butter is virtually all fat, but high fat foods are not discouraged on The Kaufmann Diet. The Kaufmann Diet primarily eliminates foods high in simple carbohydrates and sugar, because these are the foods that would potentially feed yeast and fungal infections. High-fat foods like butter would likely not work to this end, and might actually be beneficial for someone fighting these types of infections.
Plus, traditional, dairy-based butter has some other good things going for it, namely a compound called conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. CLA is thought to promote weight loss, improve blood sugar control and boost the immune system. Butter is one of the best sources of CLA, particularly if your butter is grass-fed butter––which is very easy to find in grocery stores.
So, while traditional, preferably grass-fed butter is perfectly fine if you are on The Kaufmann Diet, there are any number of reasons why someone on The Kaufmann Diet might be interested in a plant-based alternative. The Kaufmann Diet is highly flexible and can be tailored to one’s personal needs or dietary desires.
Some people may simply be intolerant to any dairy at all and looking for a butter alternative that isn’t margarine.
If you are vegan or vegetarian––but also concerned about the negative effects of pathogenic yeasts, fungi, and mycotoxins might be having on your health––the Kaufmann Diet contains enough foods to accommodate these meat and dairy-free lifestyles, as well. For these folks, plant-based butters might be a good option.
There are many varieties of plant-based butters, and many different products on the market. Some of the purported benefits of plant-based butters is that they have a healthier fat-profile than traditional butter, containing less saturated fat and and higher amounts of purportedly healthier fats. If this is a concern for you, then plant-based butters might be a good option.
There are a wide variety of plant-based butters available on the market, all with different ingredients. So, it is impossible to give a blanket answer about whether these products are permitted on The Kaufmann Diet. You simply must read the label. Some products might only contain blends of coconut oil, coconut cream, and/or different varieties of nuts; products like these are perfectly fine for The Kaufmann Diet.
However, if you see products made with ingredients like corn oil, or soy––these kinds of products should not be included on The Kaufmann Diet.
The issue of plant-based butter really underscores the necessity of reading labels and being conscious about what is in your food.