Bad Reaction to SATURATED FAT

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 16, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Hello fellow PH'ers

Stats : 6'1 190lbs Athletic 10%BF Very Active

I've been following a Paleo diet for over a year now and have experimented with different macro-nutrient ratios. It seems that my body runs better on a medium fat intake (40-50% cal intake). I've noticed however that the type of fat I consume has a different effect on my digestion. I've read the literature about saturated fat and understand it's role in the paleo diet.

When I first started paleo, I was still in the mindset that saturated fat was bad and followed a diet similar to Cordain's Paleo Diet for Athletes. I would stick to lean proteins (chicken breast, sardines, lean steaks) and would obtain most of my fats from olive oil, nuts and seeds, fish oil, eggs and a little butter. (fat ratio still at 40-50% and 25% carb 25% protein)

In the last 6 months I've tried to reduce my PUFA intake and increase my saturated fat intake. I've kept the fat ratio the same and eliminated nuts and seeds, olive oil and replaced them with fatty cuts of meat from pasture raised animals, coconut oil and ghee.

I've always had a difficult time digesting saturated fat and feel nauseous after consuming large amounts. My digestive system seems to prefer a meal consisting of a chicken breast and avocado than ground beef and veggies. I feel more sluggish and tired when eating this way.

Without changing my calorie intake or macro nutrient ratios I've also put on weight.

Any thoughts or comments are appreciated. Has anyone had a similar experience?

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on April 16, 2012
at 05:28 PM

Sounds like a sluggish gallbladder or low stomach acid...

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