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Does saturated fats raise cortisol?

Commented on February 26, 2014
Created February 25, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I think that I read that saturated fats raise cortisol. I have also observed on myself that my body is much more stressed when eating ghee and other animal fats even if I keep carbs in moderate level (150-200g per day). But I have no problem with coconut oil and fish oil. Anyway I also know that I need animal fats and animal fats are healthy. So my question is: Is there any study which confirms that animal fats raise cortisol? I couldn't find it. Should somebody who has high cortisol avoid too much animal saturated fats?

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on February 26, 2014
at 02:55 PM

Um, and what kind of fat did the 35% fat group consume? was it "vegetable oil"? If so, not exactly a useful study.

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on February 26, 2014
at 01:41 PM

Although I'd be interested to know what they were eating, it might have been anti-inflammatory phytochemicals....so hard to control these things, but at least the sample size isn't terrible.

8b9c2dcd3dfc929a0428d3d6dac4918e

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on February 26, 2014
at 01:39 PM

Presumably thats because ketones are mildly adrenic? Interesting because I swear that very low carb made me more anxious. I am fine now on medium carb, and could probably handle low carb now too.

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on February 26, 2014
at 12:18 PM

Yeah, I admit, it does sound wack.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 26, 2014
at 11:25 AM

I've never heard such nonsense!

8b9c2dcd3dfc929a0428d3d6dac4918e

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on February 26, 2014
at 12:41 AM

I think a ketogenic type diet does depend metabolically on some adrenaline/cortisol from memory. But so does exercise, and the innuit weren't unhealthy. That said, I find my mindstate better (calmer) on medium carbs, than very low carbs, and don't have to worry as much about electrolytes. I wouldn't think there would be significant cortisol from a medium carb diet however. And cortisol isn't the devil, only in excess.

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on February 25, 2014
at 09:46 PM

I'm just tired of hearing about how saturated animal fats are evil.

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on February 25, 2014
at 08:32 PM

I presume the downvote from @TheGastronomer was for trolling...?

...I'll give the poster the benefit of the doubt & cancel out

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on February 26, 2014
at 01:22 PM

Lower fat may reduce cortisol: http://pen.sagepub.com/content/19/6/482.abstract (in burn patients.)

8b9c2dcd3dfc929a0428d3d6dac4918e

(70)

on February 26, 2014
at 01:41 PM

Although I'd be interested to know what they were eating, it might have been anti-inflammatory phytochemicals....so hard to control these things, but at least the sample size isn't terrible.

8b9c2dcd3dfc929a0428d3d6dac4918e

(70)

on February 26, 2014
at 01:39 PM

Presumably thats because ketones are mildly adrenic? Interesting because I swear that very low carb made me more anxious. I am fine now on medium carb, and could probably handle low carb now too.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on February 26, 2014
at 02:55 PM

Um, and what kind of fat did the 35% fat group consume? was it "vegetable oil"? If so, not exactly a useful study.

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on February 25, 2014
at 11:39 PM

excessive serotonin, adrenalin and estrogen cause uncontrolled production of cortisol. fish oil is typically rancid before even entering the blood stream, poisoning the body and contributing to a generally physiologically stressed state. high cortisol can also be caused by a protein deficiency, because in the absence of a continual supply of amino acids, cortisol is produced to mobilise amino acids from the skeletal muscles. saturated fats like ghee and coconut oil would help lessen the toxic effects of fish oils, and accompanied by rapidly digested carbohydrate, and minerals, would lower cortisol. a progesterone deficiency is often a cause of high cortisol (in females). a low fat diet is ok, but saturated fats protect the bowel, especially by preventing the large particles in starch from entering the blood stream, so it's good to have some SF in the diet. id be interested to know what exactly these stressed symptoms that you experience after eating ghee, i can't think of any reason why it would cause symptoms, unless you were having it with protein and no carbohydrate, in which case it would probably be a hypoglycaemic effect of the unbalanced protein causing the stress response.

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