Does Butter Raise Insulin And Make You Fat? The Low-Carb Experts Respond To This Claim

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DR. ANDREAS EENFELDT, Swedish doctor and low-carb blogger :

Certainly there seems to be some insulin response to dairy, possibly due to the milk protein (and of course the lactose). That said, I hardly think butter is making anybody fat. Milk (and possibly cream and cheese) can be a problem for very sensitive individuals though, as they contains more lactose (milk sugar) and milk protein.

Saying butter can triple insulin levels is only true relative to starvation levels. In the López study, insulin got only marginally higher with butter than with isocaloric meals containing different fats: about 205 pmol/L compared to average about 165 with other fats. Thats about 25% higher, not 200% higher (“tripled”). Additionally there is a lot of statistical uncertainty in those numbers. Plus, butter contains some carbs and protein, the oils do not. So we shouldn’t be surprised that the insulin levels got a bit higher after the butter meal.

If you instead substitute bread for the butter, calorie for calorie, the insulin levels would shoot through the roof. In other words, if eating more butter makes you eat less bread, that will surely make you thinner, not fat. That seems to be the way it works for me and my patients. I eat more butter than ever, more than most people, and I am as thin at 38 as when I was 20.

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  • Ghee is better than butter...but always again use even ghee in moderation.

  • @Ashka

    madam. Don't worry about homemade ghee and cow ghee. Fermentation makes them not only harmless but also useful. You can take as much as possible within the limits of 60% of your daily calorie intake. That's not going to make you fat. Instead you will lose weight and your waist circumference will also reduce. They contain sct which are absorbed via portal vein into the liver to be burnt off immediately to produce atps.

  • I stick to VCO and Nuts for major portion of FAT. Now Avocado added. So can't comment.

    For me, MCT content of VCO is the key.

    Shashikantiyengar hit A1C of 4.8 with all the ghee, butter and VCO that he eats like most of us on LC**.

    But Joslin also laced pizza bun with butter and did experiment on 7 type 1 to prove that FAT spikes insulin dose. Do any one of us on LC eat Pizza bun with the butter that we eat? I don't think so.

  • once again congratulations Shashikantiyengar ...ab bhai party toh banti hai ye bat pe....

    And it is said any Hba1c below 5.5 means diabetes is in remission...you got 4.8 which means your diabetes is in very fast remission....

  • Only with the diet I follow

    Else it will spike

  • hmmm guess shredded coconut may also help in reducing GI of other carbs???

  • cure

    "Plus, butter contains some carbs and protein, the oils do not. So we shouldn’t be surprised that the insulin levels got a bit higher after the butter meal." I don't know which butter he is talking about but our cow ghee and clarinated butter - desi ghee do not have carbs in them. Also i don't know which butter meal he is talking about.

    I also don't understand why starvation should raise insulin levels. Starvation is a catabolic state. Insulin must be at its lowest levels during starvation. Dairy is a different thing. They contain milk sugar. As such fats do not raise insulin levels.

    Cure. I'd asked you a question you didn't answer. Buttermilk is the liquid left after churning out butter from curd. It should contain milk sugar and that too in abundance. How do you justify taking BM by us the D people ?

  • Bhai @suramo

    Ayurveda prohibits curd for a diabetic... reason behind is not sugar...surprisingly ayurveda talks about salt to be avoided in diabetes...I don't know why...

    As per ayurveda diabetes is due to aggravated Kafa dosh. And curd aggravates kafa so..curd is prohibited.

  • @Cure

    D is a diseases of edema. Salt aggravates edema. So prohibited. We can take rock salt - sanchal and sindhalun. They contain potassium. Better than sodium.

  • @Cure

    D is a diseases of edema. Salt aggravates edema. So prohibited. We can take rock salt - sanchal and sindhalun. They contain potassium. Better than sodium.

  • hmmm edema...so connected with BP???

    Does curd increases edema??

  • @Cure

    don't know. You are the master of ayu. But some people even if nonD gets puffiness on face and experience joint pains.

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