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Is it unsafe to mix high fat foods and high carb foods?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 08, 2012 at 4:55 PM

i have heard that eating high fat foods and high carb foods together wreaks havoc on one's metabolism and increases insulin resistance. is it only certain types of carbs one should watch out for when eating high fat foods? for instance, should you only eat fruit by itself or is it ok to pair it with a big steak and loads of butter? what about starches?

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on January 20, 2013
at 10:06 AM

If you liberally eat carbs and fat together, say beyond caloric maintenance > blood sugar up > insulin up > anabolic state > dietary fat becomes body fat. You can eat them together, just look to body weight for feedback. If you're gaining, probably eating too many calories. If you want to slather everything in butter and insert bacon in every recipe, probably have to restrict carbs or count calories.

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on December 10, 2012
at 05:57 PM

uh no it doesn't

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on December 10, 2012
at 03:59 PM

Perhaps not, but your question suggests orthorexia.

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on December 10, 2012
at 03:16 PM

i don't have orthorexia. don't be ridiculous.

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on December 09, 2012
at 06:07 PM

I know that's not what you're saying by the way. I'm really just reminding myself.

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on December 09, 2012
at 03:25 PM

You're way overthinking it. There's not problems with high fat and high carb whole foods, the problem is when they are refined and hyperpalatable.

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on December 08, 2012
at 05:08 PM

IMO, no.

The problem arises when the consistent intake of these are combined and especially when the fats are chemically altered and rancid. We know fat is not inherently bad, it's essential and the basis of many tissues in the body. This is why the altered fats in processed foods or the rancid seed oils are so terrible. The body can't respond appropriately and they go from being a positive building block to a negative, less disposable agent. You aren't doing yourself any favors by combining that with something causing a massive Insulin release and need to shuttle glucose out of the blood as fast as possible.

As another person said, quality fat sources combined with something like a sweet potato is fine. I've seen arguments and even some science (this is still up for debate as to what extent) that fats actually enhance the absorbing of vitamins/nutrients in veggies. I'm not completely on-board with this because of the mechanism and timing to which the body actually breaks down and digests food (having the substrates available for use should be enough to digest these vitamins/minerals), but still, it makes some sense.

Finally, I think some will argue that certain roots, tubers and veggies are more easily consumed with the addition of fat. I have an iron stomach and there isn't much I can't stand the taste of. With that said, others probably struggle to eat certain things completely plain. I think the fat has become a delivery agent for this stuff to help people find new ways to take advantage of the nutrition in it. I really don't think it does much more than that, either positive (enhanced absorption) or negative (wrecked metabolism).

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on January 20, 2013
at 06:50 AM

HIGH fat and HIGH carb together is the WORST macro-combination you can do (ok, refined sugar carbs and craptastic fats together is the worst of the worst -- Donuts and Pies and Cakes OH MY!).

Insulin responds best (spikes most) to high carbohydrate intake. One of insulin's functions other than trying to balance blood sugar is to stimulate the synthesis of triglyceride (which becomes adipose bodyfat) from any free fatty acids floating in your bloodstream as well as PREVENTING lipolysis (fat-burning). (OK that's two functions :)

So, if you eat this combination, you are literally firing up the fat-factory! And unless you quickly burn off the free fatty acids through some kind of physical work, which lowers insulin and raises glucagon (which in turn stimulates the BREAKDOWN of your triglyceride into free fatty acids instead so they CAN be burned off through activity), they will stick to you (literally!).

It's all right here.

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on January 20, 2013
at 09:43 AM

PUFAs such as egg yolks, salmon, fish oil (if you take it) should be seperated from carbs. In particular fruit and sugars.

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on December 10, 2012
at 01:51 AM

When you mix several macronutrient classes in a meal you alter their respective intrinsic impact on your metabolism. So when mixed with healthy fats/proteins, a high carb meal won't have the same impact on, say, insulin release. Also, adding fat to any kind of meal will enhance the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients.

On the other side, if the glycemic load of a meal is really high, you will release significant amounts of insulin no matter what. This will spike your triglyceride levels in the circulation, so taking up fat at the same time might be a bad idea. I tend to shy away from carbs early in the day, because I am apprehensive of eating (even healthy) fats during the day if my blood triglycerides are sky high to begin with.

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on December 09, 2012
at 04:21 PM

it's not unsafe. it's a problem if you're eating above your energy needs, but that's the case for many things.

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on December 08, 2012
at 04:58 PM

Very unsafe! The last time I put Kerrygold on my yam, my head imploded.

Kidding aside, there are several responses here to questions about food combining. I think the jury's still out on this one, at least in the paleo community.

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on January 20, 2013
at 09:38 AM

I always feel great when I eat starchy vegetables cooked in coconut oil. Perhaps it is more dependent on the type of fat/carb.

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on December 09, 2012
at 11:10 PM

Don't be ridiculous. The answer is "no." And look up orthorexia.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on December 10, 2012
at 03:59 PM

Perhaps not, but your question suggests orthorexia.

383127951e2e17f23b584cd3842bb796

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on December 10, 2012
at 05:57 PM

uh no it doesn't

383127951e2e17f23b584cd3842bb796

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on December 10, 2012
at 03:16 PM

i don't have orthorexia. don't be ridiculous.

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on December 09, 2012
at 04:14 PM

I think you're asking if its safe to eat delicious healthy Paleo foods like tons of butter and unadulterated steak consumption... while still enjoying donuts and ice cream.

The answer is no.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on December 09, 2012
at 06:07 PM

I know that's not what you're saying by the way. I'm really just reminding myself.

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383127951e2e17f23b584cd3842bb796

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on December 09, 2012
at 03:19 PM

anyone else have any info?

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on December 08, 2012
at 05:06 PM

Should you only eat fruit by itself or is it ok to pair it with a big steak and loads of butter?

I always combine my fruit with butter...

But then again I don't eat fruit, only meats vegetables and tubers, soo. But I only eat potatoes with gobs of butter (srs).

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