As I stated in another thread I am doing the crossfit football diet. I feel very good even after just a few days but I am unsure about any long term effects of eating like this for years. I feel like I could eat this way forever.
I might just be clinging onto the SAD info I was told as a kid but I have some slight worries about how eating this way might be problematic to my health.
If my food intake was a pyramid based on how many calories i get from each food type it would look like this:
Base - Red meat and full fat A2 dairy
second - eggs and other fats
third - white and sweet potatoes
fourth - vegetables
fifth - berries and fruit - occasional food
This means I am getting alot of fat, quite a bit of protein and low carbohydrate intake comparable to most people.
I reckon I might sometimes get 150 grams of saturated fat a day. Does this huge ammount of saturated fat pose health risks? I tried low carb but felt sluggish and moody. The startches are definitely making me fell better and less tired, but I still feel as though eating so much fat might be doing something bad.
Am I worrying over nothing?
asked byJoePears (-5)
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on August 05, 2014
at 04:43 AM
It's not about the absolute amount of saturated fat in your diet; it's about whether you're feeling good in the mid-to-longer term. Most paleo templates call for at least 15% starch, and many paleo adherents eat up to 30% of calories as starch, particularly those following Jaminet's Perfect Health Diet to the letter.
Personally, I started out with a ketogenic diet (less than 50g carbs/day) for two months, because (a) I'm over 50, and (b) I've yo-yo'd the same 60 lbs. 3 times. Now, after losing 20 lbs., I'm gradually increasing my carbs (sweet potatoes, taro, parsnips, some white rice), so that my body can keep making glycoproteins for structural repair and mucus for internal protection.
But you bet your sweet ass I'm still slurping down unprocessed coconut oil and lard from pastured pigs every day.
on August 04, 2014
at 09:37 PM
I watched an interview of Loren Cordain by a Swedish guy on Youtube (
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52A3ayfxfTs), where he was asked precisely that question: apparently, in the first version of his book, he had warned against 'overdosing' with saturated fats. He stated most emphatically that he had changed his mind since, in view of the scientific evidence, and that the 2012 version of his book had been amended to reflect this change of opinion.
Similarly, the neurologist Perlmutter, in his book 'Grain Brain', argues that saturated fats are actually good for the brain.
One thing I would watch out for is that the animals you eat aren't fed too much hormones. Since going paleo, my overall health (mental and physical) has improved, I am leaner and stronger (and look good), and my GP and physio were extremely pleased with the 'transformation'. However, we had the bad surprise to find out that an existing tumour in one of my breasts had increased in size, quite dramatically (33% in 15 months). I am waiting for the results to find out what it is, and if it is a fibroadenoma, one factor for the growth might be the amount of red meat I have been eating, so I may have to cut back and go 'fish, fish, fish' again.
on August 01, 2014
at 01:00 PM
Great question, I think the jury is still out on this though.
Historically saturated fat consumption has been correlated with a lot of nasty things. But of course, everyone knows that correlation is not causation and more recently there has been evidence on the other side of the coin, even to the point where certain sources of saturated fat are considered 'healthy'. So...hmm?
The mainstream answer is...yes you're doing something bad.
The paleo answer is...no, saturated fats are just fine from unprocessed foods.
Of course if you have a specific health condition I would hedge my bets, but if you're healthy you can probably do whatever you want, the human body tends to be pretty adaptable.
TL:DR - No-one knows.