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How About Butter?

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I don't do well with dairy. However, I read that butter is not on the same boat as other dairy for dietary purposes. The reason is that the ingredients in dairy that cause allergies and intolerances are proteins and sugars, both of which butter doesn't contain because it's pure fat. That way we should react to it to any other fat/oil. So I'm wondering it butter is safe to eat. I don't just spread it on my bread but some chocolates have butter (milk fat) as an ingredient so I was wondering if those are safe to eat, provided they don't have other "dangerous" ingredients.

I know I should ultimately figure it out myself but I'm still trying to stabilize my gut so I need guidance before experimenting. thanks!


gluten-free since 9/30/09

positive gene test 8/11/09

endoscopy 9/30/09 (awaiting results)

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It would depend on why one was avoiding dairy. Butter contains casein. Butter also contains small amounts of lactose, but less than in milk. If one is looking to avoid casein, it is out. If one is looking to avoid lactose, it may be OK in moderate quantities. If one has a dairy allergy, it would be off limits in any case.

Hope this helps.


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13-year old son Dx 11/05 via bloodwork and biopsy

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I don't do well with dairy. However, I read that butter is not on the same boat as other dairy for dietary purposes. The reason is that the ingredients in dairy that cause allergies and intolerances are proteins and sugars, both of which butter doesn't contain because it's pure fat. That way we should react to it to any other fat/oil. So I'm wondering it butter is safe to eat. I don't just spread it on my bread but some chocolates have butter (milk fat) as an ingredient so I was wondering if those are safe to eat, provided they don't have other "dangerous" ingredients.

I know I should ultimately figure it out myself but I'm still trying to stabilize my gut so I need guidance before experimenting. thanks!

I do think your body will tell you what is right for it. I am dairy and gluten free and I cannot tolerate cow's butter. However, I have just found goat butter at Whole Foods and I can tolerate it! I have also been able to tolerate small amounts of goat/sheep cheese and goat yogurt. Everyone is so different, but it is worth a shot. I didn't start branching out with the alternative dairy sources until I was gluten and dairy free for over six months.

Best wishes!


Diary free 11/06-6/08

Now using a small amount of low-lactose dairy such as aged cheeses and yogurt. Yum!

Gluten-free since 4/07

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I had cut back on dairy alot. But now I get real sick, even with butter. I will spare you the terrible details, but it was the sickest I have been in years.


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pork and beef free- 1994

wheat free or wheat light- 2003

gluten free- January 2008

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while butter is 'all fat', it's not actually. there's still a small amount of solids - casein and a very very very small amount of lactose in it. so, if you're particularly sensitive to casein, butter is out. in theory, ghee has had all of the solids removed, and should be casein free, but it's a manual process, and it's still something to determine for your own body.


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