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Advantages/Disadvantages of animal fat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 28, 2012 at 4:10 AM

For Christmas we had a prime rib roast (delicious). Of course it was a fatty cut of meat and the people I was with kept talking about how bad the fat is for you. I was under the impression it was actually very healthy. I know skimming the fat is such a common thing to do, especially if you refrigerate the au jus and it turns fatty. Is this necessary/are the people I spent Christmas with correct? Can someone explain to me why eating the fat would be good or bad?

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on December 29, 2012
at 03:21 AM

did someone say bacon?

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on December 28, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Rob, why is energy density bad for people losing weight. Seems like a benefit to me. Plus Fat (along with Protein and Carbs) is one of three macro-nutrients. How could it possibly be low in nutrients?

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on December 28, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Disadvantages: Energy dense, bad for people who need to lose weight. Animal fat is also pretty low in nutrients, it is essentially empty calories.

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Agreed, Matt. I remember my mama telling me I couldn't have cake till I had finished my sausages! That's when I realized you could be full of fat but not full.

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:22 PM

Fat alone is filling. But add in some carbs and it's a snap to eat 1000s of calories of both.

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on December 28, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Fat from healthy pasture raised animals is not only safe to eat, it is very nutritious. You can only eat so much fat before you get full and satiated. Fat is very filling.

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on December 28, 2012
at 01:46 PM

Oh, and I think this article refers more to the protein and not the fat

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on December 28, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Although I eat high protein, high animal fat... :/

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on December 28, 2012
at 01:44 PM

This article touches on Cardiovascular and Bone health of Mummified Eskimos - not completely the same circumstances, but a bit of a worry, unless one of the medically trained paleos can comment? http://jussiriekki.fi/atherosclerosis-in-pre-westernized-inuit.pdf

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:31 AM

So eating all the fat from the roast is ok as long as I am not overdoing the calories?

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on December 28, 2012
at 01:42 PM

Advantages of fat:

  • Makes you feel fuller longer
  • Improves Metabolic Function
  • Aids in vitamin absorption (especially important if you take vitamins in the morning
  • Extremely energy dense
  • Body's preferred energy source
  • Tastes Amazing

Disadvantages of fat:

  • ..... I need some help here.

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on December 28, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Disadvantages: Energy dense, bad for people who need to lose weight. Animal fat is also pretty low in nutrients, it is essentially empty calories.

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on December 28, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Rob, why is energy density bad for people losing weight. Seems like a benefit to me. Plus Fat (along with Protein and Carbs) is one of three macro-nutrients. How could it possibly be low in nutrients?

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on December 28, 2012
at 04:45 PM

Advantage: It comes attached to bacon.

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on December 29, 2012
at 03:21 AM

did someone say bacon?

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on December 28, 2012
at 02:18 PM

The only thing bad about animal fat is that conventionally raised animals store toxins in fat. When I eat conventional meat I trim the fat. When I eat better quality grass fed meat I eat as much of the fat as I want.

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:09 PM

i'll take a different approach here - i don't think fat is inherently good or bad. it's fuel. a defficiency is a problem, sure. but like glucose, it's just a fuel, often packaged with trace minerals and vitamins.

i think the controversy comes up by not conforming to the 'fat is bad and will clog your arteries' line of thinking. but the reverse isn't true, it's not magical. i consider both store bought butter and white rice to be good, appropriate sources of fuel and calories. neither is inherently good or bad.

in the case of conventional rib roast, it's tasty and it's fuel.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:22 PM

Fat alone is filling. But add in some carbs and it's a snap to eat 1000s of calories of both.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on December 28, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Fat from healthy pasture raised animals is not only safe to eat, it is very nutritious. You can only eat so much fat before you get full and satiated. Fat is very filling.

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:31 AM

So eating all the fat from the roast is ok as long as I am not overdoing the calories?

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on December 28, 2012
at 01:44 PM

This article touches on Cardiovascular and Bone health of Mummified Eskimos - not completely the same circumstances, but a bit of a worry, unless one of the medically trained paleos can comment? http://jussiriekki.fi/atherosclerosis-in-pre-westernized-inuit.pdf

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Agreed, Matt. I remember my mama telling me I couldn't have cake till I had finished my sausages! That's when I realized you could be full of fat but not full.

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on December 28, 2012
at 05:59 PM

I know we are discussing the health aspects of trimming the fat but there is a large cooking component to the discussion as well. There are many cuts of meat that darn near practically REQUIRE that the fat stay on, at least minimally. I think you're missing out on a huge amount of flavor and overall quality if you completely strip something like a tri-tip roast or brisket of its fat. It not only adds flavor and helps prevent dry meat but when you're ready to blacken the meat (whether you're the type to do that first or at the end) put the fat layer face down against the fire and watch the show! The resulting flame is always a crowd pleaser and caramelizes whatever rub or other spices you used creating a lovely exterior to your meat.

Of course too thick of a fat layer and the texture can be a bit unpleasant to some so that's something to be mindful of. However, coupled with the health advantages listed by those above me I would definitely advise not abolishing the fat off your cuts. Fat should be our 'everday' fuel source! When I sit down to a meal I think of the meat and fat as the main fuel, the greens as the natural multivitamin and the bit of carbs (usually sweet potato or blueberries) as refilling the reserve fuel. If you're worried about the omega6:3 ratio make sure you're getting your omega 3 elsewhere and enjoy your juicy, delicious, cow meat!

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on December 28, 2012
at 04:49 PM

Mark Sisson is a great resource, as some have said here. He is really good at putting the science into laymans terms and is an entertaining read.

If you are interested in a hard science look Dr Peter Attia has an amazing (and pretty intense if you don't know much about biology like me) 12 part series on cholesterol. And if you want something a little more lightweight he has more of a summary here.

Basically we are designed to run on fats, and preferably animal fats. Carbs are meant to be more of a secondary source and tend to cause weight gain when consumed in large amounts.

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on December 28, 2012
at 04:20 PM

The main disadvantage is in conventionally raised meat, which has a high omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. If the meat is grass-fed, eat as much fat as you like!

If you're going to follow a primal or paleo way of eating, you have to get used to people not agreeing with you on what's healthy. Our society's conventional wisdom has become fundamentally flawed. You need to do your own research and understand why you are eating what you are eating. Gary Taubes has written a lot of great stuff about how and why fat got unfairly demonized, and the links given in some of the answers here will get you good info too.

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on December 28, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Mark Sisson is a good source of facts about fats, also the book "Nourishing Traditions", and Paul Chek:

http://www.enhancedfp.com/node/423

Fat has been demonized in our culture, but sugar should be demonized 10 times as much. People avoid animal fat (or fat of any kind) but then freely eat cookies, cake, sugary drinks, etc. which are probably doing them far more harm.

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on December 28, 2012
at 01:45 PM

This article touches on Cardiovascular and Bone health of Mummified Eskimos - not completely the same circumstances, but a bit of a worry, unless one of the medically trained paleos can comment?

http://jussiriekki.fi/atherosclerosis-in-pre-westernized-inuit.pdf

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on December 28, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Although I eat high protein, high animal fat... :/

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on December 28, 2012
at 01:46 PM

Oh, and I think this article refers more to the protein and not the fat

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