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Monounsaturated Fat - Why doesn't Paleo embrace it more?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 09, 2013 at 9:05 PM

I'm curious about this because I pretty much only know good things about the effects of a diet high in monounsaturated fat. So why does the Paleo community glorify saturated fat, but pay little or no attention to monounsaturated from fish, nuts, avocado, olive oil, etc?

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on April 10, 2013
at 11:23 AM

PUFA - 93; saturated-fat - 108; MUFA - 17... We certainly don't talk about it as muchas PUFAs and saturates.

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on April 10, 2013
at 01:15 AM

CW has promoted polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, and vilified saturated fat so that's where the Paleo folks have been putting their energy -- it's just a case of addressing the imbalance.

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on April 09, 2013
at 09:27 PM

Certainly have no agenda here. Not even sure what an agenda would be in this case. Just curious. If you scroll down the list of topics currently on Paleohacks they refer to coconut products, butter and other dairy products, bacon, fatty meats etc. The content tends to focus on the saturated fat content, rather than monounsaturated fat content. Nuts are maligned for their omega 6 content and I've seen one or two claims that monounsaturated fat negatively impacts inflammation (though the claims have never been substantiated). Don't mean to ruffle feathers. It's just an observation.

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on April 09, 2013
at 09:20 PM

Yes, this, exactly

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on April 09, 2013
at 09:12 PM

MUFA (nuts) > SFA (butter/dairy fat, coconut)

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on April 09, 2013
at 09:10 PM

Irrational fear of omega 6 contained in plant fats. Effort to appear more manly and only eat animal fat. Over emphasis on fat soluble vitamins (butter).... MUFAs are better though IMHO.

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on April 09, 2013
at 09:09 PM

I'll let those more knowledgeable about the science post answers, but I'd point out that fish, many nuts, avocados and EVOO are strongly praised and recommended here and on other paleo sites. So, it seems you have an agenda--what aren't you reading that you want to see?

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on April 09, 2013
at 09:07 PM

Because saturated fat tastes better. Seriously I bet that's why.

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on April 09, 2013
at 09:17 PM

who's giving monounsaturated fat a hard time? the truth is, with the exception of coconut oil, most of what is regarded as saturated fat - i'm talking about animal fat - has a good deal of monounsaturated fat; like around 50%. i think most of our diets would be relatively high in monounsaturated fat, unless you're making it a point to only use coconut oil and butter and pair it with extra lean meats.

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on April 09, 2013
at 09:20 PM

Yes, this, exactly

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on April 10, 2013
at 12:24 AM

MUFAs tend to get forgotten because they're associated with PUFAs more often than saturates. Coconut oil is thought of as some ideal paleo food (Because of the low PUFA content? I'm less sure now than ever) and it's essentially MUFA free. Then there's beef fat with it's saturated fat content and low PUFAs, sure it's has quite a bit of MUFA in it, but it's touted by many for its saturated content and low PUFA content, not the MUFAs.

More often, in plant fats, you'll have a mixture of MUFA and PUFA and then purists turn up their nose at such things because they're limiting PUFAs.

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on April 10, 2013
at 11:18 AM

Says who?

What do you think pig fat is mostly made of? That's right bacon is mostly MUFAs. Ditto olive oil.

Look at all the bacon posts on here (143 at the moment): http://paleohacks.com/questions/tagged/bacon

Here's olive-oil (38): http://paleohacks.com/questions/tagged/olive-oil

Here's the MUFAs (17): http://paleohacks.com/questions/tagged/MUFA

Avocado: (38 posts): http://paleohacks.com/questions/tagged/avocado

Coconut oil is at 195: http://paleohacks.com/questions/tagged/coconut-oil

If you add up all the bacon, MUFA, avocado posts, olive oil, that already exceeds the number of coconut oil posts.

I'm sure there are other tags I didn't search for that would raise the count.

As Robb Wolf would put it, Let's not get our panties in a bunch based on a personal preference without first attempting to verify the actual numbers.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 10, 2013
at 11:23 AM

PUFA - 93; saturated-fat - 108; MUFA - 17... We certainly don't talk about it as muchas PUFAs and saturates.

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on April 10, 2013
at 05:00 AM

I just don't think MUFA was ever a hot topic. CW says it's healthy, paleo says it's okay, so ... I guess, it's okay!

SFA on the other hand was vilified by CW, and paleo got a lot of explaining to do. Recent years it is also associated with quite a few ppl's blood lipid levels on their N=1 journeys.

MUFA is just the kind of thing that is in life a lot, but people have not found a topic to talk about yet.

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