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What are some of the cheapest healthy fats?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I'm on a very tight budget, so I'm looking for cheap ways to increase my fat intake.

Here's my list of regular go-to fats:

shredded coconut: $3.69 for 12oz   --> 225g fat --> $1.46 per 100g fat  Bob's Red Mill
coconut oil:      $8.49 for 16oz   --> 448g fat --> $1.90 per 100g fat  Nature's Way
avocado:          2 for $1 on sale -->  54g fat --> $3.70 per 100g fat  Sprouts/Ralphs on sale
olive oil:        $9 for 17 oz     --> 490g fat --> $1.83 per 100g fat  Filippo Berio

So they all look pretty much the same. I'll still be snacking on my avocados, I just won't load up on them thinking it's a cheap way to get extra fat. Anyone have any other good ones?

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on August 19, 2012
at 10:09 PM

Save the fat from all the meats you cook in the slow cooker, too, and from the bone broth if you make that. I always refrigerate the resulting liquid and then skim off the hardened fat for use in cooking later.

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on August 19, 2012
at 08:23 PM

I agree, I also have difficulty maintaining my weight when I follow a strict Paleo diet. If you tolerate dairy the Kerrygold butter suggestion below will give you some CLA and K2, plus it tastes great. Heavy cream is another way to get tons of calories if you need them.

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on August 19, 2012
at 04:56 PM

I found Paleo diets are too effective. I continue to lose weight even through I am underweight now. I tracked my calories for a couple days and I'm undereating - the food just keeps me full. I'm Male 5'8", 135 lbs and I get around 1500 calories on a typical day, often less, when I should be getting closer to 1900 calories. I broke my intake down to 100-200g of protein, ~100g of carbs, and ~50g of fat. The protein and carb numbers looked healthy, so I figured, go for fat. The foods I listed are my current primary fat sources (and they taste delicious).

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on August 19, 2012
at 01:17 AM

This does go a long way; you can get a few ounces of oil from a pound of bacon. I pour mine through a strainer to remove any remaining chunks - they tend to burn later if you don't filter.

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on August 18, 2012
at 10:43 PM

Can you explain why you believe that you need to supplement fat? If you don't have a good reason, the most economical option might be to skip it altogether. Note that our Paleolithic ancestors didn't have access to any of the fats you list above.

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on August 18, 2012
at 09:41 PM

How do you get the fat off the fat heads?

724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

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on August 18, 2012
at 08:48 PM

or make your own with pastured pork fat! I buy mine from a local farmer.

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on August 18, 2012
at 07:22 PM

I buy salmon heads for 1.29/lb, and they are loaded with fat, they have the collars attached. Cheap salmon meat/fat.

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E0f5cc680bb8ae31c07abeb706d70a15

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on August 18, 2012
at 06:28 PM

BACON FAT!!!! When you cook a few strips of bacon, there is almost always runoff fat (unless you buy a really lean variety, which just totally defeats the purpose). Instead of throwing it away or pouring it down the drain, pour it into a jar or mug and use it later to cook with. I do this religiously, and not only does it make whatever you cook in it have a smokey, bacon-y taste, but you can stretch your more expensive oils out to last longer. But making your food taste like bacon should be enough of a reason.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on August 19, 2012
at 01:17 AM

This does go a long way; you can get a few ounces of oil from a pound of bacon. I pour mine through a strainer to remove any remaining chunks - they tend to burn later if you don't filter.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on August 19, 2012
at 10:09 PM

Save the fat from all the meats you cook in the slow cooker, too, and from the bone broth if you make that. I always refrigerate the resulting liquid and then skim off the hardened fat for use in cooking later.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on August 18, 2012
at 07:07 PM

Fresh salmon carcasses. Bone marrow, self cooked tallow.

Ff5d6fd79983af7b92bfab38b71823fb

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on August 18, 2012
at 07:22 PM

I buy salmon heads for 1.29/lb, and they are loaded with fat, they have the collars attached. Cheap salmon meat/fat.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on August 18, 2012
at 09:41 PM

How do you get the fat off the fat heads?

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on August 18, 2012
at 09:09 PM

It may seem obvious, but this can be overlooked. One of the less expensive options is ground grass-fed beef or lamb with a higher fat content. You get the benefits and enjoyment of the meat and the resulting rendered fat can be used right away or saved. Usually, the higher the fat content, the lower the price per pound.

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724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

on August 18, 2012
at 08:39 PM

If you consider grass fed butter to be paleo, Trader Joe's has 8oz blocks of Kerrygold for $2.99...the cheapest I have seen it anywhere and it is delicious :D

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on August 18, 2012
at 07:42 PM

Go to your farmers market and as for lard (typically $1.50 - $2 per lbs). Cook cheap vegetables in it

724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

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on August 18, 2012
at 08:48 PM

or make your own with pastured pork fat! I buy mine from a local farmer.

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429e01b74c31847aed3af35ef9973256

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on August 19, 2012
at 02:11 AM

If you want the cheapest, easiest, and possibly most nutrient dense fat, just go on Amazon and buy a case of red palm oil http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005DZ2SMK/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

When you buy it in bulk your only paying about 15 cents an ounce.

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on August 18, 2012
at 11:41 PM

You can often get grass fed suet free or cheap direct from a farmer. Then just render it into tallow. Of course, it's not too palatable to eat directly, but you can fry with it.

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3d17e00a7d80454992e582484986de6e

on August 18, 2012
at 06:50 PM

I agree with Colin 'leftover' fat from cooking is a great way to recycle the good stuff ;)

Not sure how much nut butter jars are for you guys but they're ??1.50 or so from my local and are very dense in calories so only need a spoonful here and there, lasts a while

Same with Coconut Milk it's fairly cheap for me

Butter/olive oil on your veggies, coconut oil shots if you dare, heavy cream in your coffee. You can even buy dripping/fat (I favor beef dripping) in jars if you don't reuse your own/need some

Screw it just eat more bacon

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361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

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on August 18, 2012
at 11:25 PM

Lard! Render your own! It's beautiful!!!!

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