Is fat from animals sufficient?

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Created November 09, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I'm asking if just eating beef, eggs, chicken and fish by itself have enough dietary fat? Do i have to add butter or oils(EVOO,avocado oil,coconut oil) to get adeqaute fat in my diet?I'm on a budget and i'm trying to cut back on cooking oils and grassfed butter so i can spend that money on pastured animal products and organic produce.

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on November 09, 2012
at 08:39 PM

It depends on your needs and goals. If you feel sated by fat from animals, and if you're getting at least 50% of your calories from fat, then that's enough. If you need to tweak your macronutrient ratios to achieve some goal, e.g., break a stall in weight loss, go into official nutritional ketosis, or improve your skin, then you probably need to add some concentrated fat to your diet.

I suggest that you log your food for 1 week any any nutrition app. to see the correlation between your macronutrient intakes and you internal sense of well being to determine the optimal ratios for yourself.

Like you, my budget forces me to choose between pastured animals and high-quality fats. I choose the high-quality fats, e.g., organic lard, tallow, and butter from pastured animals, since fat accounts for 2/3 of my calories, fats sequester toxins in mammals, and I can't get enough fat from animals alone. I go through the fats reasonably slowly (e.g., 6 TB of tallow/day), and much more slowly than animal protein, so that choice stretches my money.



on November 09, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Yes. But the best thing to do is to vary those animals and make sure that they're from pastured/grassfed sources. Eat some wildcaught fish, eat some lamb, beef, bison, pork, bacon, etc. You can render/use the lard/tallow and use it to cook things in.

Try to limit chicken due to n6 PUFA, but duck is better since it has less n6 PUFAs.



on November 09, 2012
at 04:10 PM

From animals is sufficient IMO. I usually reserve any animal fat I can and cover/cook vegetables in them. Hey Kerrygold butter don't grow on trees you know! I do add butter and olive oil to things, but in general I try to make use of my animal fats first. In my case it fits both my "no waste" philosophy and I do spend the extra money on quality meats....fat included....so I don't plan on losing one cent of my investment.



on November 09, 2012
at 07:41 PM

I think you will notice if you are not getting enough fat; I always do. I don't add fats unless I find I feel hungry despite my stomach being full...hard to describe... If that happens then I supplement with added butter and coconut oil to things for a few days.


on November 09, 2012
at 09:10 PM

For my own goals, I have to add fat into my diet because animal sources are not enough. I eat about 65% of my calories as fat. What I do for example is at breakfast have 3 tbsp of coconut oil, for lunch it's usually 1-2 tbsp of olive oil on a salad and for dinner I cook my meat and veg in a couple of tbsp of butter.

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