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Confused about FAT- am I meant to eat bacon rind?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Hi, Paleos.

When I cook a pork chop, lamb's leg, or chicken etc, am I meant to eat the skin, the rind, the fatty bits? This is where I am getting mighty confused about Paleo and weight loss, good fat and bad fat.

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(389)

on January 30, 2013
at 09:25 PM

Exactly. And props if you can get your hands on some italian grass-fed lard!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19160)

on January 18, 2013
at 02:32 PM

The skin on fish is likely to be much more healthy overall than the skin on birds. But, at the frequency birds should be eaten, I say eat the skin and enjoy it!

Fd76e5e9844c5a6c483147abe784e5fe

on January 18, 2013
at 12:52 PM

Mark, I'm going to learn to love the fat. Watch this space

Fd76e5e9844c5a6c483147abe784e5fe

on January 18, 2013
at 12:51 PM

Thank you. I'm so glad you said I can eat the skin. I LOVE chicken skin and even crispy fish skin on oily fish.

Fd76e5e9844c5a6c483147abe784e5fe

on January 18, 2013
at 12:51 PM

Thank you. Love your economical idea about re-using the fat to cook with. I love to recycle!

Fd76e5e9844c5a6c483147abe784e5fe

on January 18, 2013
at 12:50 PM

Thanks- that sounds like sensible advice. The better quality the meat, the better quality the fat. I know in Italy there are shops that sell pure lard from grass-fed pigs and cows.

Fd76e5e9844c5a6c483147abe784e5fe

on January 18, 2013
at 12:49 PM

Thanks for replying. I will learn to love the fat. Feels so strange after years of reading about how bad fat is for me, but the more I read about Paleo, the more it makes sense to me. Women's magazines- pah! What do they know?!

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(158)

on January 17, 2013
at 06:10 PM

I need to know the answer to this too. I am eating the fat on my bacon but I cannot bring myself to eat the fatty bits on a pork chop or steak.

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on January 17, 2013
at 06:30 PM

I find that the better quality your cut of steak, the more edible the fat is. Rib-eye is $$$ but the fat just melts in your mouth and is so delicious. If you're timid, start there. Then you'll be able to appreciate the slightly more robust but very tasty fat on less expensive chuck. If you really can't stand it, trim it off before cooking and render it down later. Throw all your fat cuttings in a covered dish at about 250 for a couple hours, strain off the solids and use it for cooking.

Fd76e5e9844c5a6c483147abe784e5fe

on January 18, 2013
at 12:51 PM

Thank you. Love your economical idea about re-using the fat to cook with. I love to recycle!

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19160)

on January 17, 2013
at 06:27 PM

Eat skin almost unequivocally. Eat the fatty bits if you actually like them -- at least don't shy away. For e.g., I can't stand large quantities of lamb fat - even though I love the taste of smaller veins of it running through the meat.

Summary: don't shy away from fat, and enjoy the act of eating!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19160)

on January 18, 2013
at 02:32 PM

The skin on fish is likely to be much more healthy overall than the skin on birds. But, at the frequency birds should be eaten, I say eat the skin and enjoy it!

Fd76e5e9844c5a6c483147abe784e5fe

on January 18, 2013
at 12:51 PM

Thank you. I'm so glad you said I can eat the skin. I LOVE chicken skin and even crispy fish skin on oily fish.

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Medium avatar

(389)

on January 17, 2013
at 08:51 PM

In general, if you are getting your meat from grass-fed, optimal sources - Eat the fat. If you are stuck with grain-fed, typical sources, keep it lean. From what I have read, the majority of omegas (3's for the good stuff, 6's for the bad stuff) are in the fat, so this makes sense.

Fd76e5e9844c5a6c483147abe784e5fe

on January 18, 2013
at 12:50 PM

Thanks- that sounds like sensible advice. The better quality the meat, the better quality the fat. I know in Italy there are shops that sell pure lard from grass-fed pigs and cows.

Medium avatar

(389)

on January 30, 2013
at 09:25 PM

Exactly. And props if you can get your hands on some italian grass-fed lard!

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D1d9b0d839144b72b5f5dae893a686d3

(602)

on January 17, 2013
at 06:18 PM

Only if you like things that are tasty and delicious.

Fd76e5e9844c5a6c483147abe784e5fe

on January 18, 2013
at 12:52 PM

Mark, I'm going to learn to love the fat. Watch this space

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(110)

on January 17, 2013
at 09:15 PM

Here is where your life just got easier: Eat to your heart's content when it comes to animal fat! (Local & mostly/all grass-fed).

Speaking of hearts, I just learned from buying a beef heart recently, and un-rendered tallow, that you need to scrape an outer-membrain off. You can do this with a vegetable peeler. My butcher/farmer lady told me this. You know, just in case you ever decided to go off the deep end with fat. Mmm, deep fat.

Fd76e5e9844c5a6c483147abe784e5fe

on January 18, 2013
at 12:49 PM

Thanks for replying. I will learn to love the fat. Feels so strange after years of reading about how bad fat is for me, but the more I read about Paleo, the more it makes sense to me. Women's magazines- pah! What do they know?!

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