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Can I be truly paleo if I can't eat animal fat?

Commented on February 14, 2014
Created February 13, 2014 at 3:45 AM

It's a texture thing. If I get a big hunk of fat, or even a little bit of fat, on a steak I have to spit the bite out. I absolutely can't stand the feel of it in my mouth- can't chew it, and definitely can't swallow it. I've been trying to desensitize myself but I it hasn't been successful. It's an intense visceral reaction and I've almost thrown up at the table trying to force myself to eat even a little fat. Doesn't matter what animal it comes from either. The only fat I seem able to stomach (literally) are the ground up bits in sausage (which I don't chew thoroughly), and bacon when it's cooked very crispy. I just can't imagine gorging on bacon endlessly, every day, to keep my fat intake up (hard to believe, right?).

So, how can truly do paleo in a healthy way if I can't eat fat? Is it possible? I need to get my fat intake up and my protein down a little to get myself firmly into ketosis because I need to loose at least 60 more pounds to be at a truly healthy weight. I just can't make myself eat enough animal fat though. Suggestions?

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on February 14, 2014
at 08:33 PM

Well as far as I'm aware fish and eggs are the best animal sources of vitamin D. Your referenced article made a note of this with regards to the eggs. However, I haven't seen any evidence to this day of substantial amounts of Vitamin D in land animal fats, only in fish. So I don't think the assumption that tallow, lard, schmaltz, or duck fat is high in Vitamin D is necessarily true. If you have any reliable scientific data to the contrary, I would be happy to browse over it. Also fish are much, much higher in omega 3 than any other land animals.

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on February 14, 2014
at 08:22 PM

depends on what else you eat. For me animal fats are the sole source of vitamin D and omega 3. Vit. E I get also from the never-ending winter sprouts (esp. sunflower), olive oil, and some nuts. vitamin K, I have collards under the hoop houses.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 14, 2014
at 08:12 PM

No problem, always happy to provide numbers, they definitely aid in evaluating options. I looked at the link you provided and noticed that according to the chart "Grassfed Beef Four Times Higher in Vitamin E" showed that grass-fed beef container 7mcg of Vitamin E per gram of meat. So a pound of beef (454g) would contain 3.18 mg of Vitamin E. In contrast, 1 ounce of olive oil (only 28 grams) contains 4.0 mg of Vitamin E, so even when compared to grass-fed beef, olive oil is still the superior choice in terms of nutrient density, when speaking of fats.

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on February 14, 2014
at 07:19 PM

PS. For a comparison of nutrition data numbers vs grass fed numbers, see

http://eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

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on February 14, 2014
at 07:15 PM

Thanks for the numbers. I do not consider nutrition data a reliable source, when it comes to grass fed animals.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 13, 2014
at 08:48 PM

Yes the absence of oxidized cholesterol is another positive aspect of using good quality plant fats.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 13, 2014
at 08:45 PM

Forgot to mention cocoa butter, which is more nutritious than animal fats: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fats-and-oils/590/2

and palm oil as well: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fats-and-oils/510/2

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on February 13, 2014
at 08:35 PM

In general fat is not a good source of nutrition, it's mainly a great source of good calories, but if you are going for nutrition, plant fats are great. Want vitamin D? Eat salmon (http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4113/2), herring(http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4065/2) or sardines (http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4114/2). Fish is a superior source of vitamin D.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 13, 2014
at 08:31 PM

Animal fat has very little nutrition. Most of the vitamins you claim to be in there simply aren't:

Nutrition in tallow: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fats-and-oils/482/2

Nutrition in lard: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fats-and-oils/483/2

Nutrition in duck fat: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fats-and-oils/617/2

Nutrition in chicken fat: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fats-and-oils/598/2

Compare the above with the nutrition in olive oil: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fats-and-oils/509/2 and you will see that olive oil is superior.

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

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on February 13, 2014
at 08:10 PM

In Florida maybe. Today we have had the second day above 25F in 2014. All the vitamin D I get comes from animal food. All the omega 3 I get comes from animal food, summer or winter. Vitamin K is overrated, since no one ever develops deficiency and is ubiquitous, as are the polyphenols, which can be found in many other foods.

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on February 13, 2014
at 04:08 PM

Alot more polyphenols too. And less oxidised cholesterol that animal fat can have after it's heated too much/too high...

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 13, 2014
at 03:50 PM

Olive oil has plenty of vitamins, primarily E and K....it's just as good.

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on February 14, 2014
at 06:08 PM

I absolutely can't eat hunks of animal fat either, I just get it from coking with it, or whatever is too micro for me to notice. as long as you eat meat, you'll do great. As far as upping your fat intake coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, butter and ghee are awesome.

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on February 13, 2014
at 04:54 PM

Nothing wrong with olive oil and coconut oil. Avocado, (some) nut, and palm oils are fine too. Nut butters are also an enjoyable way to eat fat. Butter is an animal fat and is pretty delicious, can't see how it would be hard to eat butter. Chocolate and cacao butter are great sources of fat as well. Chocolate is not only great tasting but it also has an outstanding amount of high-quality fat in it (get it as dark as possible, and with minimal sugar added). There's a lot of options if you're not into animal fats, which are still perfectly Paleo if you ask me.

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on February 13, 2014
at 04:45 AM

Render, render, render. I understand. I don't like a blubbery hunk of fat in my teeth either. But if you cook it with the fat on and eat what's rendered, then you're getting it in your diet. I cook really fatty meats in the slow cooker 8-10 hours and those fats render out so there's little if any chunks of fat. That's key to getting avoiding v that texture you fear.

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on February 13, 2014
at 04:04 AM

What Eugenia says. Render it all. At any rate, animal fat is better than olive oil because it has vitamins A and D, omega 3 fats, and in the case of butter, also K2. You can find all these in liver and sardines, so yes, you can be paleo without animal fats. In case you are lumping connective tissue with fat: have connective tissue in the pot when you make stock. Then you will get all those compounds too. Gelatin is good for you.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 13, 2014
at 03:50 PM

Olive oil has plenty of vitamins, primarily E and K....it's just as good.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on February 13, 2014
at 04:08 PM

Alot more polyphenols too. And less oxidised cholesterol that animal fat can have after it's heated too much/too high...

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on February 13, 2014
at 03:55 AM

You can eat the animal fat as tallow or lard or duck fat. This way, you simply cook with them, and they don't feel like fat, they feel like normal oil.

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