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Fatty or lean meat

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Created March 17, 2013 at 7:47 PM

When it comes to choosing meat dose it matter if I go with the leaner cuts or just dive into the fatty cuts without hesitation?

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on March 17, 2013
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First off, the PUFA content is low after cooking either way. These fats have the lowest melting points and run off the fastest. The actual total amount of omega-3s sourced from a grass-fed steak would be low. Historically, we probably got most of them from eating brains. Gonna go ahead and skip that one. If your lipids aren't sensitive to dietary cholesterol, the best source for EFAs is probably the yolks from boiled eggs. P.S. omega-6 fats are good for you, and the intense fear of them these days is totally misguided.

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First off, the PUFA content is low after cooking either way. These fats have the highest melting points and run off the fastest. The actual total amount of omega-3s sourced from a grass-fed steak would be low. Historically, we probably got most of them from eating brains. Gonna go ahead and skip that one. If your lipids aren't sensitive to dietary cholesterol, the best source for EFAs is probably the yolks from boiled eggs. P.S. omega-6 fats are good for you, and the intense fear of them these days is totally misguided.

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on March 17, 2013
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@Travis, whichever you prefer? I love the fattier cuts like ribeye, but my understanding is they are only ok if the meat is grassfed/organic. Otherwise the fat is not so great for you. Please correct me if mistaken.

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on March 17, 2013
at 08:13 PM

I dunno about you guys, but I find steaks with huge gobs of tallow or whatever it is to be disgusting. I like when it's evenly marbled like this: http://www.csumeats.com/images/denver.jpg but I'll never choke down crap like this: http://0.tqn.com/d/bbq/1/0/J/O/new_york_steak.JPG That's several big mouthfuls of fat. No thank you.

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on March 17, 2013
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Yes, this. Paleo isn't about adding a butt-ton of extra fat on everything (or, well, at least it isn't for a lot of people) but more about not taking the fat OUT of the things you already eat. There should be a balance between SAD fat-phobia and extreme Paleo fat-philia.

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on March 17, 2013
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Eat whichever you prefer.

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on March 17, 2013
at 08:41 PM

It really depends on your needs. As long as you have your fats taken care of in other foods, go with whatever you crave. Personally, when I eat lean meat I get fat cravings later, and I end up eating too many nuts or just having to slather butter on something, so its more appetizing to eat fattier cuts.

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on March 18, 2013
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The prevailing attitude seems to be fatty cuts if the meat is organic and pastured, lean if the meat is conventionally raised. If you like the fat, eat it. If not, don't, and then supplement with butter, ghee, and coconut oil.

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on April 08, 2013
at 07:10 PM

I used to be afraid of eating the fat off of any type of meat I cooked(I blame my mother for this)

After speaking with my friend who has eaten paleo for the past three years, he told me to eat was I was comfortable eating. My favorite meat to eat is porkchops (which I usually buy from Moms) and I eat the entire thing and so far, I feel pretty great.

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on March 18, 2013
at 07:45 PM

Yes, I eat both fatty and lean.. just depends what i'm cooking... if I'm having chicken slathered in mayo/with chutney then i'll go for the breast, but chicken on its own then i love to hack into a drumstick or thigh!

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