What is the best butter to shop for while on The Kaufmann Diet?
Butter is one of the few dairy products permitted on the Kaufmann Diet, because unlike most dairy products, butter is virtually all fat. Most dairy products contain a certain amount of lactose, a type of sugar found in milk. On The Kaufmann Diet, you are avoiding sugar in all its forms as much as possible.
A 1 tbsp serving of butter contains 12g of fat and 102 calories––virtually all of them from fat. Of those 12g of fat, 7 are from saturated fat, and 3 are from monounsaturated fat. Butter has been much maligned in past decades because of its saturated fat content, and dietitians have told people to avoid butter for years, because it ostensibly clogs arteries and contributes to heart disease. There is still contention over whether full fat dairy products are complicit in heart disease or not, but many in the medical community have backed off this claim, particularly as it has come to light that trans fats are far worse for heart health than natural fats like butter.
Plus, butter has some things going for it that make it a good option for a well-rounded diet, and in particular The Kaufmann Diet.
Butter is a good source of certain vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 is known to actually promote heart health by preventing the calcifications in arteries that lead to heart disease.
Butter is also a source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a nutrient that is potently anti-fungal and might assist with weight loss.
What to Look For When Shopping for Butter
First and foremost, when you are on The Kaufmann Diet, avoid any butter substitutes, such as margarine. These are vegetable oil based and often contain fats that are demonstrably unhealthy. While these were touted as the healthy alternative for years, we know this is false now and these should be avoided.
Second, because antibiotics and hormones are a concern to those on the diet, it is best to shop for organic butter when possible. Conventionally raised animals are often given hormones and antibiotics, and contamination of conventional dairy products is a concern. Avoid conventional butter in favor of organic.
Grass-fed, organic butter is by far and away preferred. These types of butter will be higher in vitamins, minerals and health fats, and free from hormones and antibiotics. Some of the imported European butters fit these parameters, as their standards for cattle farming are much higher than ours.
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