For some reason the paleo lifestyle seems to lead to a lot of self-experimentation. We’ve done it with coffee in the past, and next up is butter! For us, paleo has always meant removing all dairy. Butter wasn't available to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, so obviously it is something we should not eat. But the more I read about grass-fed butter, the more I want to try adding it into our diet. We have been happily living without butter for quite awhile now, using coconut oil or bacon fat for cooking. But as I learn about the nutritional profile, and remind myself that this is not about reenactment but eating for how our bodies are built - butter is looking like a better option all the time.
When I am talking about butter, I am talking about grass-fed butter - a source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), Vitamin A, Vitamin E and beta-carotene. Yes, please. It also has a better balance of Omega 3/6's than conventional dairy products. The main butter drawback is the casein content, which seems to be the thing that could lead to inflammation, if we are sensitive to it.
I found "summer butter" at our farmer's market this weekend. It is made by the Nordic Creamery and only made from April thru October while the cows are on pasture.
So, bring on the self-experimentation. We're going to find out just how butter makes us feel. And if it feels good - we can continue to enjoy the taste and nutritional benefits of grass fed butter! Although you will not find me packing sticks of butter to enjoy as an airplane snack food, I prefer to cook with my butter, not gnaw on it.