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Will saturated animal fat potentially trigger autoimmune issues in some people?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 22, 2010 at 6:06 PM

From: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Nutrition-Dieting-939/Weight-gain-hyperthyroid.htm

Another thing with your diagnosis, which is an autoimmune disease, is limiting wheat, saturated (animal) fats, sugar, and dairy because they often trigger the autoimmune reaction.

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on October 05, 2011
at 06:37 PM

maj: Same chemical structure either way.

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on October 05, 2011
at 06:16 PM

Not that I think SFA is problem, just underlining false deduction.

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on October 05, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Dietary saturated fat is not equal to stored saturated fat.

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on October 05, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Not only are the dietary ones stored, but the fatty acid synthase complexes are churning out (mostly C16) saturated fats all the time.

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on October 05, 2011
at 04:13 PM

I highly doubt that, or I'd be damn sick. I eat tons of coconut oil every day, a good batch of grass-fed meat, and I have way less autoimmune problems. I think an anti-inflammatory diet consisting of vegetables, meat, fish and coconut oil is best.

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on April 23, 2010
at 02:56 PM

No there is no evidence that saturated fat will trigger autoimmune disease, at least as far as I can tell. I have never come across the idea before.

There is an old idea from epidemiological research that saturated fat contributed to multiple sclerosis progression but this does not seem to be a real effect now. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swank_diet

The questioner is suffering from Graves' Disease in which the bodies own antibodies bind the TSH receptor causing constant release of too much thyroxine from the thyroid gland. Bcterial or viral infection may play a role in triggering the autoimmunity. One symptom of this is weight loss and increased appatite. The questioner is quite underweight.

The answer to the question in the link seemed generally innacurate and rather unhelpful to me.

  1. Talking about "healthy" weight gain and strength training in someone in her situation is missing the point. They also need to gain fat to be healthy.

  2. Unhelpfull alternative medicine advice: Herbal teas, homeopathy etc are not going to help. Also recommending a random selection of vitamins for no good reason.

  3. Random diet adive: Sugar and fat do not trigger autoimmune disease. I think that if you became allergic to glucose or saturated fat you would die soon after. There may be a link between celiac disease and autoimmune diseases such as Graves'. However telling someone so underweight to stop eating so many foods is in my opinion very irresponsible. She needs advice on what more she can eat not what she can't.

  4. There is an anecdotal report on Loren Cordain's paleodiet website of improvements in Graves' Disease following his paleodiet. http://www.thepaleodiet.com/autoimmune.html This is probably the only decent bit of advice given in the answer.

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on January 16, 2013
at 08:14 AM

That's not quite science, guys. There are a host of diseases you will never get, even if you do the things that may cause them. It's like saying that the sun does not cause skin cancer because you've been out in the sun a LOT and you don't have it. Swank's research on Satuated fats and MS has not been otherwise proven or disproven, much like gluten theories. That said, he conducted a trial that lasted 30 years on MS and saturated fat.

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on October 05, 2011
at 05:46 PM

Since anywhere from ~5 to 50+% of a person's body weight is in the form of "saturated animal fat", we'd all be in a heap of trouble if it "triggered" an autoimmune response.

Although, too much bodyfat can create an inflammatory cascade and thus trigger autoimmune issues, so I guess the answer could be "yes" in some situations.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 05, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Dietary saturated fat is not equal to stored saturated fat.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on October 05, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Not only are the dietary ones stored, but the fatty acid synthase complexes are churning out (mostly C16) saturated fats all the time.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 05, 2011
at 06:16 PM

Not that I think SFA is problem, just underlining false deduction.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on October 05, 2011
at 06:37 PM

maj: Same chemical structure either way.

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on October 05, 2011
at 04:07 PM

.. I have somebody seeking help with Graves disease. Atypically, she has problems with weight gain rather loosing it all... We'll try the AI protocol with her and I will keep you posted.

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