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Explain to me how eating fat is GOOD for you?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 17, 2013 at 6:32 PM

So, I've always been open to eating avocados, nuts, etc...but the idea of eating lots of animal fats, full-fat dairy (I tolerate it digestively), and butter just seems crazy to me!

For example I use caloriecount, and if I eat full-fat cheese, I get an "F" for the day just because it's high in saturated fat. Is there any proof that it's actually good for you? I'm not looking to lose weight so calories are not a concern but I would like to be healthy!

Also- what about the cholesterol? I'm sure this is a really noob question so any answers are great! thanks!

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on July 03, 2013
at 08:27 AM

http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/skinny-on-fats

8d3cb0be5f31c75a05f853cb3b5c245a

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on June 18, 2013
at 04:25 PM

See first answer: http://paleohacks.com/questions/12638/could-we-modern-paleos-be-eating-too-much-saturated-fat#axzz2WaMjYNWb

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on June 18, 2013
at 03:08 PM

@Michael... two words: potato diet.

8d3cb0be5f31c75a05f853cb3b5c245a

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on June 18, 2013
at 02:16 PM

Define a lot of fat? compared to what?

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on June 18, 2013
at 02:03 PM

and if you use a ruler to measure your caloric in take you get 5 inches. Wrong instrument wrong measurements.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on June 18, 2013
at 01:56 PM

Butter is mostly animal fat, and animal fat is paleo. It does make sense to be initially suspicious of neolithic foods, but once you work out the relative safety of it- well, there are only so many things I can buy in the grocery store anymore... Now, some butters are worse than others, depending on how they are processed. Much depends on how many proteins remain in the butter.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on June 18, 2013
at 06:02 AM

Eat some whole food starch without adornment on the other hand, and it's possible that a metabolicaaly health person will reach satiety...

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on June 18, 2013
at 05:59 AM

I eat a lot of sat fat, but I have never thought of it as anti-inflammatory...

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on June 18, 2013
at 02:27 AM

The thing we have to keep in mind about places like caloriecount is that theyr'e based on SAD eating as being ideal, which paleo obviously is not. Or primal eating, since you mentioned cheese.

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on June 18, 2013
at 12:49 AM

I get it @SlimIcy - that can be frustrating. Very nice to hear someone take responsibility instead of getting defensive - very cool and pretty rare. Thanks for that!

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

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on June 18, 2013
at 12:13 AM

Points taken. I guess I've just reached my saturation point on this site... seen everything asked 999 times.

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on June 17, 2013
at 11:30 PM

butter is a miracle food, and ghee even more so. when a cow is grazed 100% on pasture she is getting a crazy awesome amount of vitamins, these get passed on to the milk. butter is made from cream. the cream, historically, is considered the healthiest part of the milk. when making butter the whey is separated leaving just the butterfat, an even more highly concentrated form of nutrient than milk or cream. butter...is amazing. if you have ever had farm fresh butter from a grass fed cow, the smell of the butter fills the whole room, the butter is orange, and your body will say SUPER FOOD!!!

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on June 17, 2013
at 11:12 PM

i believe guyenet said high carb diets are the cause of the narrowing of hips in women

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on June 17, 2013
at 11:01 PM

I run into this attitude where I work and I hate it. "Show me why you're wrong" is a bullying tactic.

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on June 17, 2013
at 09:33 PM

@CJ: Most paleo types who avoid dairy avoid it because of either lactose or casein. Butter contains very little of either.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

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on June 17, 2013
at 09:17 PM

Sorry @SlimIcy, but the Original Poster seems to be asking a sincere question that confuses many people when they are embarking on this journey - so why retort with a challenge rather than sharing your knowledge? Downvote for not answering the question and for having a weird confrontational attitude towards someone who doesn't seem at all to be trolling. Isn't the purpose of this site to ask honest questions and get good info from people who are actively practicing the lifestyle?

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on June 17, 2013
at 09:06 PM

Early paleo diet researchers were also focused on low-fat reenactment-esque diets. The science is more developed and mature now.

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on June 17, 2013
at 09:04 PM

Isn't butter made with cream, which is milk, and we're supposed to stay away from that? So butter doesn't make sense to me with paleo eating.

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30fe014b1e0ea9a3de2875706ba477e6

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on June 17, 2013
at 08:57 PM

To change your paradigm that is created by media and big corporation BS you should read a few books about this with an open mind.

Like:

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf

The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by Jeff Volek

These are some classics that everybody really should read before making big claims like saturated fat is bad. And these authors are pros in their fields. After reading and understading basics of their described chemi and bio stuff you should feel pretty sure about everything you eat and do with your body for the rest of your life.

Peace, Riot

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on June 17, 2013
at 08:03 PM

What kind of saturated fat matters too. Some are good, most are neutral, some aren't so good. But if you're not eating a caloric excess, I can't imagine that any nutrient (fat, carbohydrate or protein) is going to be problematic.

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on June 17, 2013
at 11:12 PM

i believe guyenet said high carb diets are the cause of the narrowing of hips in women

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on June 18, 2013
at 02:22 AM

Eating fat is satisfying so you end up eating less. Fat acts as a control mechanism so you digest meals slower so you don't eat as frequently. It is easy to comfortably skip the meal after high fat and high protein meals if you need to.

Saturated fat is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps to protect your body from everything from injury to stress.

Sugar and "easy" carbohydrates are the opposite, they are inflammatory, they actually make you hungrier, and will cause you to eat more meals and to eat more at each meal. High fat plus high sugar/starch is a deadly combination which must be avoided.

Try it for 30 days and even if it is totally and utterly wrong, 30 days won't cause you any lasting problems. You'll probably be totally blown away by the results.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on June 18, 2013
at 05:59 AM

I eat a lot of sat fat, but I have never thought of it as anti-inflammatory...

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4f12a06aee26f64e432762495302ec9d

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on June 17, 2013
at 07:48 PM

Eat good fats such as coconut oil, grass fed butter, avocado oil, duck fat, beef fat, almonds, egg yolks, olives and walnuts to name a few!

Good fats help to control appetite, reduce blood pressure and reduce inflammation!

Hope this helps ?!

Ryan

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Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

on June 18, 2013
at 06:13 AM

Arguably, eating a lot of animal fats, full fat dairy and butter is crazy if those dairy/other products aren't of a high quality nature, and insofar as eating them would displace relatvely more micronutreient rich things from the diet.

I don't think it can really aptly be considered crazy for the reasons implied in your question - ie, you've been confrtable with eating fats that are conventionally viewed as being 'healthy' (nuts, avocadoes), as opposed to those normally considered unhealthy/'artery clogging' etc (butter etc).

Re your second question, maybe look at some of these articles, do some googling...

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on June 18, 2013
at 04:02 AM

Have you ever felt satisfied eating a bowl of lucky charms? No? So you at two bowls right? Three? Yeah i figured that. It was only on bowl 3 did the milk come into play and made you not as hungry. You scarffed down so much sugar (glucose/fructose) that your body went into a state of schock, and so did the toilet I bet.

Eat a steak. Youll know why.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on June 18, 2013
at 06:02 AM

Eat some whole food starch without adornment on the other hand, and it's possible that a metabolicaaly health person will reach satiety...

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on June 18, 2013
at 03:08 PM

@Michael... two words: potato diet.

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on June 17, 2013
at 11:25 PM

Fat is calorie dense food. It's easy for the body to store. Our ancestors ate it and thrived on it, and didn't concern themselves with sorting it by the degree of saturation. Very few of them had access to the monounsaturates that are considered optimal oils today.

Beyond that what do you want? The grades that fats and fatty foods get from sites primarily concerned with weight loss would be predictably low.

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on June 17, 2013
at 09:25 PM

Many vitamins are fat soluble. We just don't get the benefit if we don't eat fat.

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on June 17, 2013
at 08:33 PM

Butter has always been the one to freak me out. No where in early paleo diet researchers was butter mentioned as paleo. It just became vogue with the paleo pirates of late.

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

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on June 17, 2013
at 09:04 PM

Isn't butter made with cream, which is milk, and we're supposed to stay away from that? So butter doesn't make sense to me with paleo eating.

4856eae0511e116135bba0acc3e42ce5

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on June 17, 2013
at 11:30 PM

butter is a miracle food, and ghee even more so. when a cow is grazed 100% on pasture she is getting a crazy awesome amount of vitamins, these get passed on to the milk. butter is made from cream. the cream, historically, is considered the healthiest part of the milk. when making butter the whey is separated leaving just the butterfat, an even more highly concentrated form of nutrient than milk or cream. butter...is amazing. if you have ever had farm fresh butter from a grass fed cow, the smell of the butter fills the whole room, the butter is orange, and your body will say SUPER FOOD!!!

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on June 17, 2013
at 09:33 PM

@CJ: Most paleo types who avoid dairy avoid it because of either lactose or casein. Butter contains very little of either.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on June 17, 2013
at 09:06 PM

Early paleo diet researchers were also focused on low-fat reenactment-esque diets. The science is more developed and mature now.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on June 18, 2013
at 01:56 PM

Butter is mostly animal fat, and animal fat is paleo. It does make sense to be initially suspicious of neolithic foods, but once you work out the relative safety of it- well, there are only so many things I can buy in the grocery store anymore... Now, some butters are worse than others, depending on how they are processed. Much depends on how many proteins remain in the butter.

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6fece842bd1bcf5724f458a302a2156e

on June 17, 2013
at 08:04 PM

I think eating healthy food is what is good and no one sitting down with a tub of butter or coconut oil spooning it into themselves is eating natural foods in a proper meal so they would be wise to desist and just eat real food. By all means put some of the fats on the veg but just for taste. I have always loved the fat from meat even as a child - the best bit, best taste and I think that is a good indicator that it is good for me but then I'd never had a meal which was just the fat off the meat as that would be boring and not nice to eat. I would be eating the fatty skin against the meat with lots of vegetables too.

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B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

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on June 17, 2013
at 09:07 PM

Why don't YOU explain to US why eating fat is BAD?

...and then we'll show you why you're wrong.

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on June 17, 2013
at 11:01 PM

I run into this attitude where I work and I hate it. "Show me why you're wrong" is a bullying tactic.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on June 17, 2013
at 09:17 PM

Sorry @SlimIcy, but the Original Poster seems to be asking a sincere question that confuses many people when they are embarking on this journey - so why retort with a challenge rather than sharing your knowledge? Downvote for not answering the question and for having a weird confrontational attitude towards someone who doesn't seem at all to be trolling. Isn't the purpose of this site to ask honest questions and get good info from people who are actively practicing the lifestyle?

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

(1365)

on June 18, 2013
at 12:13 AM

Points taken. I guess I've just reached my saturation point on this site... seen everything asked 999 times.

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on June 18, 2013
at 12:49 AM

I get it @SlimIcy - that can be frustrating. Very nice to hear someone take responsibility instead of getting defensive - very cool and pretty rare. Thanks for that!

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