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Vegetable Fat vs Animal Fat

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 20, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Im curious what you all think of vegetable fat/animal fats & their place in our diets...

What has made me question it is how great i feel when i eat animal fat & im noticing when i eat more than a tablespoon of coconut oil i get chest pains, it's a tight feeling in my chest that was making me doubt the whole high fat diet, the thing is i can practically drink duck fat, eat lots of bacon, lamb, beef, salmon, eggs, butter, cheese, and feel absolutely great!

I live in the UK & my ancestors did aswell, there's no coconut trees growing here, so maybe i'm just not meant to eat them? Do any of you practice Paleo in this way? (strictly only eating foods your genetic ancestors would've eaten) Anyone else have doubts about plant oils?

Thanks for any replys

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on July 28, 2013
at 12:29 AM

i have noticed that in particular the highly saturated animal fats make me feel great. i eat very low carb so fats are particularly important to me and yes, ive noticed plant fats of any kind, nuts, avocado, olive, coconut, whatever the paleo crowd is into these days... don't do for me what good old tallow or lamb fat does. I'd eat butter but I have a bad history with casein.

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on February 28, 2013
at 10:49 AM

i thought id update that coconut oil doesn't seem to be causing the chest tightness as before, if anything quite the opposite & can't get enough of the stuff!

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on February 22, 2013
at 10:41 AM

yeah im just sticking to mainly animal fat for now and doing really well, out of curiosty where do you get the rest of your calories from? recently im tending towards 90% of my calories coming from meat/fish/eggs, i eat a big salad, avocado, veggies in butter, some cheese, but that can't be more than 10-20% of my total calories i don't think, cheers :)

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 20, 2013
at 06:59 PM

im switching from hemp seed oil to avocado oil for salads, got a salad infront of me right now with generous avocado oil on it, but hemp seed oil didn't cause any chest pain & i eat an avocado everyday & don't notice anything, if i eat a big spoonful of coconut oil it happens like clockwork though

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:37 PM

does this happen with other vegetable fats? maybe you could splurge on some avocado oil for a test?

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:04 PM

well i hardly think of myself as a 'unique snowflake' lol but i just thought maybe my body doesn't work well with eating coconut as i don't live in a tropical climate & neither did my recent ancestors, but im not sure of the science behind it so maybe your right & a few generations doesn't make that sort of difference maybe i am allergic to coconut, i don't break out or get rashes though, and coconut milk seems to be ok, its just when i have a few tablespoons of the oil my chest gets tight, i love the taste though thanks for the reply

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on February 21, 2013
at 12:24 PM

I am the same way. I can eat any naturally occurring fats like fatty meat and avocados and nuts and seeds. I do not do well with condensed fats though like oils or lots of butter. More than a tbls of either will make me feel neauseated. I honestly don't feel like oil really falls under the scope of "real food" any way. I easily get 35ish% of my calories from fat by eating ground beef, fattier fish, eggs, and guacamole. If it gives you trouble then I just advise to avoid it.

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on February 22, 2013
at 10:41 AM

yeah im just sticking to mainly animal fat for now and doing really well, out of curiosty where do you get the rest of your calories from? recently im tending towards 90% of my calories coming from meat/fish/eggs, i eat a big salad, avocado, veggies in butter, some cheese, but that can't be more than 10-20% of my total calories i don't think, cheers :)

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on February 20, 2013
at 12:38 PM

Are you possibly allergic to coconut? The fats aren't going to cause a reaction because they are largely the same fats that are found in animal and milk fat.

The whole idea behind the paleo diet is that humans haven't fundamentally changed in some 100s of thousands of years. A few generations of living in the UK... you're not the unique snowflake you think you are.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:04 PM

well i hardly think of myself as a 'unique snowflake' lol but i just thought maybe my body doesn't work well with eating coconut as i don't live in a tropical climate & neither did my recent ancestors, but im not sure of the science behind it so maybe your right & a few generations doesn't make that sort of difference maybe i am allergic to coconut, i don't break out or get rashes though, and coconut milk seems to be ok, its just when i have a few tablespoons of the oil my chest gets tight, i love the taste though thanks for the reply

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on February 21, 2013
at 01:42 PM

Some people are simply allergic to coconut or don't do well on it, especially at first.

And, yeah. When people pull out an argument about their own recent ancestors (granted, usually as a justification to stick to their grains) I remind them that "I don't eat the way /my/ ancestors ate. I eat the way /our/ ancestors ate." A subtle but fundamental distinction that's all too often lost.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on February 28, 2013
at 10:49 AM

i thought id update that coconut oil doesn't seem to be causing the chest tightness as before, if anything quite the opposite & can't get enough of the stuff!

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