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weird question but should we swallow fat if it is like chewing gum?

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Updated March 04, 2015 at 3:16 AM
Created February 23, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Ok, sounds weird, but I regularly pull large pieces of fat from dried meat and chew and chew and chew for hours it seems, then the pieces go down complete and I wonder if I should have swallowed it or thrown it away. Can our stomachs cope with pieces of fat like this or is it harmful to us?

edit: if I do not eat it, can the fat be used for anything like string or glue perhaps? I am thinking primitive here ;)

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452 · September 21, 2011 at 3:51 PM

I thought chewing and the resulting saliva helped begin the digestive process...

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1994 · February 23, 2011 at 7:23 PM

@oak0y: Can't find the resource now... not enough time. @Louisa: and plant food will show up nearly unaltert if it's not chewed propperly.

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7073 · February 23, 2011 at 4:09 PM

yeah, wow, all those times we were told to chew our food 50 times before swallowing - geez......

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2764 · February 23, 2011 at 3:48 PM

This, too, shall pass.

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78432 · February 23, 2011 at 3:16 PM

can you look for the resource kikilula?

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1994 · February 23, 2011 at 1:25 PM

I chew my bites of fat and meat about 3 or 4 times and then swallow. My stomach/intestines seem to cope properly with them... they would surely show up on the other end, if they couldn't...

Somewhere (Stephansson?) I've read about chewing and eskimos: chewing is only nessessary to find out if the bites aren't too big to swallow easily or if they are boneless...

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7073 · February 23, 2011 at 4:09 PM

yeah, wow, all those times we were told to chew our food 50 times before swallowing - geez......

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78432 · February 23, 2011 at 3:16 PM

can you look for the resource kikilula?

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1994 · February 23, 2011 at 7:23 PM

@oak0y: Can't find the resource now... not enough time. @Louisa: and plant food will show up nearly unaltert if it's not chewed propperly.

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452 · September 21, 2011 at 3:51 PM

I thought chewing and the resulting saliva helped begin the digestive process...

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4994 · February 25, 2011 at 2:27 PM

This question should be called "spit or swallow?" ;) Almost as suggestive as the "slipping organ meat in my wife chilli" question. :D

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18427 · February 23, 2011 at 2:43 PM

that is a rad question. personally, i just can't choke it down. if i can't chew up a piece of fat, i spit it out. why traumatize yourself with that when you can just skip to the next bite and get a scumptious 'melt-in-your-mouth' bit of meat and fat together.

dang it's breakfast time and steak and eggs sound splendid!

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190 · February 26, 2011 at 5:16 AM

Dunno. I did once have the opportunity to eat muktuk from a beluga whale. Muktuk is the skin and blubber layer underneath. Chewed and chewed and chewed..... I guess it was the skin that wound up like a little wad of chewing gum. Eventually i had to spit it out. Very different from bowhead whale muktuk which chews pretty well.

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124 · February 26, 2011 at 3:34 AM

I have never thought about this but since I was a little kid I used to sit around with my grandpa and chew fat after a meal. He was a boxer and big into health and from the depression era so nothing went to waste but I have never had a problem with it but then again I have been doing it so long that I wouldnt know if I did have a problem.

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78432 · February 23, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Just swallow it. You'll be fine. As for our family, it is a matter of respect to eat as much as possible, for the one who gave of itself to ensure our survival. Paleo/Primal IS a lifestyle.

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18671 · February 23, 2011 at 2:31 PM

I swallow.

I'm sure the fat and protein in those pieces is healthy, and like Kikilula, it never gives me digestive trouble.

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