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Are fats really non-toxic?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 10, 2012 at 8:09 PM

The liver has to produce bile to digest fats, a frequent problem in older people. I guess it doesn't poison the body and it seems like it could cause problems over the long term. Am I missing something? Maybe the quantities just aren't enough to cause problems or other Paleo changes eliminate those problems but it would be nice to see if that's the case since I haven't seen it discussed in literature yet.

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on January 11, 2012
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The liver produces bile to digest fats, not to detoxify them.

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Our bodies do not actively store toxins in our fat. Just an unfortunate coincidence that many toxins are lipophilic. Our liver and kidneys otherwise remove toxins with fairly high efficiency.

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Old person here. No gallbladder. Eating lots of fatty beef, really fatty bone broths, pastured butter, heavy cream, etc. Absolutely no problems. Never felt better in my life.

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on January 10, 2012
at 11:24 PM

Fats as a general class are not toxic. Some fats are not healthy for us ... like industrial trans fats or oxidized fats in veggie oils.

The challenge of producing bile when older is less a commentary on fats than it is a reflection of other problems, such as insufficient nutrient sources in the diet (e.g. zinc) or inability to absorb those eaten (e.g., lack of a sufficiently acidic environment in the stomach).

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on January 10, 2012
at 11:45 PM

I used to have a lot of pains and the doctor told me it was due to numerous gallstones b/c I could not properly digest fat. They advised me I should remove my gallbladder b/c it was going to be problematic. I chose not to remove my gallbladder, instead ate low-fat for years. Now, here I am today, eating a High-Fat (Saturated Fats) and I am doing fine. No issues with my gallbladder nor pain they once suggested was due to my high fat diet.

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on January 10, 2012
at 11:44 PM

Yes, PUFAs specifically does a body bad in big quantities.

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on January 10, 2012
at 11:41 PM

I don't know if it's TOXIC per se, but I think too much of it is not good for body. because it's hard to digest and takes long time to digest, which means it is quite a burden on body/metabolism. I used to eat a lot of saturated fat because it's much better to digest than other kinds of fat, but still, every time I ate saturated fat A LOT, then I would get sick. Head hurts, dizzy, foggy, nauseous slightly etc. Now I reduced my fat intake-I only eat saturated fat, still-I feel much better. n=1

http://paleohacks.com/questions/76550/impaired-ability-to-digest-sat-fat/79505#79505

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on January 10, 2012
at 11:38 PM

Real fats (natural fats) are non toxic. But, did you know that your body stores toxins inside your fat stores. (not sure about plant)?

This is why when one diets and they go through their fat stores started with last on first off and lean up, ones Liver Enzymes and toxins in the body can fluctuate as they are processed out.

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on January 11, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Our bodies do not actively store toxins in our fat. Just an unfortunate coincidence that many toxins are lipophilic. Our liver and kidneys otherwise remove toxins with fairly high efficiency.

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