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How much Saturated Fat should I eat? Daily Sat + MISC fat requirements

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 04, 2010 at 7:56 PM

I haven't come across any guideline or micronutrient breakdown on recommended daily fat intake. All of them only come in MACROS, like 25/40/35 Carb/Protein/Fat ratio.

I was able to find how much certain amino acids to take a day but they don't even add up to the total protein for a 2000 cal diet, which is weird. I mean, what other aminos are there to be filled up? The USDA has no answer for that.

My question is what should be the ideal Fatty acid ratio for Saturated and Unsaturated fats? If you can break it down further to stearic acid, PUFAs, MUFAs, that would be great! Thanks.

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on August 05, 2010
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It's true that a sudden increase in fat can cause indigestion, but you can gradually increase it in that case. I'm all for listening to the body, but if something calls to you, I'd watch out.

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on August 05, 2010
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What is best probably depends on the individual. Some people get indigestion if they eat a lot of fat. Others can totally swig loads of fat with no problem. My advice is try to learn what you body is asking for. What do you have a taste for? What calls to you?

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on August 04, 2010
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My not-very-specific ratio goes like: fat > protein > carbs fat: saturated > monounsaturated > polyunsaturated ...which is pretty much following what Will says here, I think.

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on August 04, 2010
at 08:51 PM

@E.TP -- see Kurt Harris' thoughts here: "Did you notice that there is no step that says what your macronutrient ratios should be? Good, because there isn't (and never has been)" http://www.paleonu.com/get-started/

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on August 04, 2010
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@E.TP -- there is no such thing as a generic Paleo ratio for sat fat.

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on August 04, 2010
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I don't think there is one. Get enough protein to meet your protein needs, use carbs to get your plant-based vitamins and the rest of your caloric needs from fat in the ratios that Will spelled out.

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on August 04, 2010
at 08:23 PM

Hi, Will. I was talking about a generic Paleo ratio for Saturated fat, regardless of the person's vital statistics.

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on August 04, 2010
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Keep your fats as saturated as possible. Keep PUFA as low as possible, with a range of 2:1 to 1:4 Omega-3:Omega:6 ratio. MUFA will make up the remainder.

In terms of absolute quantity of fat, that will entirely depend on how big you are, how much exercise you get, etc.

C1ea79115a062250a7263764797faa30

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on August 04, 2010
at 11:33 PM

My not-very-specific ratio goes like: fat > protein > carbs fat: saturated > monounsaturated > polyunsaturated ...which is pretty much following what Will says here, I think.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on August 05, 2010
at 03:53 AM

What is best probably depends on the individual. Some people get indigestion if they eat a lot of fat. Others can totally swig loads of fat with no problem. My advice is try to learn what you body is asking for. What do you have a taste for? What calls to you?

79af832bf03130279f75cef8dfc10cbe

(85)

on August 04, 2010
at 08:23 PM

Hi, Will. I was talking about a generic Paleo ratio for Saturated fat, regardless of the person's vital statistics.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on August 04, 2010
at 08:51 PM

@E.TP -- see Kurt Harris' thoughts here: "Did you notice that there is no step that says what your macronutrient ratios should be? Good, because there isn't (and never has been)" http://www.paleonu.com/get-started/

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on August 04, 2010
at 08:49 PM

I don't think there is one. Get enough protein to meet your protein needs, use carbs to get your plant-based vitamins and the rest of your caloric needs from fat in the ratios that Will spelled out.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on August 04, 2010
at 08:50 PM

@E.TP -- there is no such thing as a generic Paleo ratio for sat fat.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on August 05, 2010
at 03:54 PM

It's true that a sudden increase in fat can cause indigestion, but you can gradually increase it in that case. I'm all for listening to the body, but if something calls to you, I'd watch out.

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