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Trouble Digesting large amounts of fat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 06, 2011 at 6:10 AM

Hi everyone,

Lately I've been scaling up my fat intake by adding coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut milk, and some ghee into the mix as before I don't think I was getting enough fat into my diet (I'm wrapping up a month on paleo). While I've liked the feeling of fullness that comes from eating more fat I've also noticed that I don't seem to be digesting it that well. I know it takes longer to digest fat in the stomach, but after I eat and for a long time afterward I'll have some discomfort on my front side right below the rib cage, sometimes it's a little noisy down there but generally it just feels kinda tender and heavy. I also get burping that lasts as long as a couple hours after the meal. It's 11:00 right now and I can sense my stomach still working on the meal I ate at 6:30... Today I decided to add some NOW super enzymes into the mix (two tablets with meals) but I'm not sure if that's really helped yet. Does my body just have to get adapted to the high fat intake? Up until now I haven't been eating too much fat and consequently have been hungry alot on paleo.

One thing I plan on doing is a liver cleanse, would this help optimize the efficiency of my gallbladder? Is my stomach acid low, should I look into some HCL?

Thanks guys!

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on June 06, 2011
at 05:24 PM

Agree with this comment. I don't have a hard time digesting fat in fattier cuts of meat, but I can only handle a little bit of coconut milk and/or oil at one time. Too much, and I have issues.

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on June 06, 2011
at 02:54 PM

since adding more fat is new to your body, take an enzyme before, during and after the meal where you are adding more than you are use to. this should help to some degree to process it, but if the quantity is too high for your system, it still might be too much too fast.

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on June 06, 2011
at 01:04 PM

Agreed, your body can only handle so much fat before you end up with digestion problems or diarrhea. For me personally that's about 150g, after that point I start to get runny poos

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on June 06, 2011
at 12:42 PM

same goes for protein, btw. I find that i can handle up to about 300 grams protein per day, after that i get issues.

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on June 06, 2011
at 12:42 PM

high fat in the diet, if one is not used to digesting that high amount, will result in steatorrhea. Liquidy poop.

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on June 06, 2011
at 12:45 PM

Fat is broken down by bile (not in the stomach), which is made from cholesterol. Bile is kinda like a soapy detergent that breaks down fat. Producing more bile in the gall bladder to needs time to ramp up slowly, otherwise fat that doesn't get emulsified will cause intestinal distress and diarrhea. Just go slow and see what you can handle. As long as everything is working properly, your gall bladder should be able to produce more bile over time.

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on June 06, 2011
at 03:37 PM

When your body isn't used to digesting fats, you may need to help out your gallbladder for a while to support bile production. I have had success with a product from Biotics called Bio-HPF. It contains: deglycyrrhized licorice, bentonite clay, slippery elm bark, myrrh,bismuth citrate, clove, bererine hcl, anise, barberry, oregon grape root, and wild indigo. I highly recommend taking this, or some other similar supplement. People whose gallbladders need support that don't address it sometimes end up with their gallbladders removed, and then need to supplement bile salts to digest fats(or, horrors, not eat fats) for the rest of their lives.

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on June 06, 2011
at 02:51 PM

could it be that its just too much coconut product? I'm one of those who have issues with too much coconut of any kind. Maybe trying half the amount you are taking in of coconut and add more variety of fats (avocado, ghee/butter, EVOO, Walnut oil etc, nuts)

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on June 06, 2011
at 05:24 PM

Agree with this comment. I don't have a hard time digesting fat in fattier cuts of meat, but I can only handle a little bit of coconut milk and/or oil at one time. Too much, and I have issues.

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on January 06, 2013
at 05:49 AM

I too avoided fats most of my life and now, I finally realized that I did a lot of damage doing that. Ahhhh, the price we pay for trying to stay so fashionably skinny.

Boy, did I ever suffer trying to digest the fats. I also suffer from IBS which didn't help. After many hours of searching & reading comments, I found an obscure comment on one of the websites stating that Ox Bile digestive enzymes aids in the digestion of fats. No wonder the several different popular brands of enzymes I tried were not working. They are not strong enough to digest fats. They are plant based, to cater to vegetarians.

Buy the end of the week, I became so bloated and in so much pain I thought I would head to the hospital. That's when I found the comment about the Ox Bile and called my local Health Food store to see if they carried it. Just one tablet and it worked immediately. Mind you, I had to take it with all my fat meals for about a week. Since I didn't want to my body to get lazy bcos of the Ox Bile, the following week I only took it with my fatty dinner. The week after that I only took it every 2nd day, until I weaned off them. I still feel bloated, but not to the intense degree as I had before. And there is the rare time that I still have to take them.

As the others have posted, yes our bodies need time to get use to digesting fat. But at least I now know about the Ox Bile digestive enzymes and how much they work on digesting fats.

btw: I googled: "Enzymes that digest fats" and did not find one site that spoke of Ox Bile.
Had it not been for that obscure comment that I found, I would not know that they exist. Now that you know the name "Ox Bile Digestive Aid" you can find their web site. Again, not much info out there about this wonderful fat digesting enzyme. Hmmm?

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on June 06, 2011
at 12:27 PM

I did seem to have problems increasing my fat intake. I had pretty serious GI issues, though I can't say high fat was the cause.

I don't think there's any need to consume as much fat as a lot of people on paleo seem to do. I'd suggest lowering your fat intake and upping your starch consumption- I'm assuming you're doing low-carb, as almost all people new to paleo do. You certainly don't need to avoid fat, but I don't think you need to go out of your way to eat a whole lot either.

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on June 06, 2011
at 01:04 PM

Agreed, your body can only handle so much fat before you end up with digestion problems or diarrhea. For me personally that's about 150g, after that point I start to get runny poos

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on June 06, 2011
at 07:20 AM

In my experience, it takes a while to get adapted to higher amount of fats. When starting "paleo", I had a hard time drinking a cup of heavy cream or eating coconut cream.

Here is a thread I made about it: http://paleohacks.com/questions/4223/mascarpone-cream-overdose#axzz1OTb7JoYb

Now I can drink a cup and eat a cup of cream cheese and I'm OK. My advice is to start with lower amounts of just one fat "variation" (e.g. just coconut milk or just coconut butter) to exclude the option of one of the components of your mix being troublesome somehow.

As for super enzymes I think there is a certain "eat em until you feel a slight burn, up to 6" protocol although do a search since I'm not exactly sure.

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