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Do you still fear fat?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 19, 2011 at 1:22 AM

I have a superstitious fear of saturated fat.

Starting a paleo diet had a few problems getting used to more red meat and offal (organ meats) because I still held a (as it now seems, probably irrational) belief that vegetarianism was the healthiest diet. I have pretty much overcome that now and I really, really enjoy beef, lamb, pork and so on. I'm glad I don't have to force-feed vegetables and fruit any more and am happy eating a lot less of them.

But I still find it really hard to shake off the fear of saturated fat. It was the hardest thing to start eating. I feel much better eating it - I don't get the sore mouth and tongue I used to get (even from virgin olive) "vegetable" oil. And cream is so yummy and delicious, especially with dark chocolate.

I still fear it's going to make me fat, even though I have lost 40lb (so far) cutting arbs quite low and eating much more fat. I fear it's unhealthy, even though lesions on my skin from sun damage are healing and my brainpower, mood and energy are all better with saturated fat.

Does anyone else find it hard to believe the evidence of their own eyes sometimes, and feel afraid and guilty about eating fat?

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on November 19, 2011
at 07:34 PM

Because sat fat will increase cholesterol, however it's not in a bad way

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on November 19, 2011
at 07:27 PM

You'll also like this http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2753.2011.01767.x/pdf "Among women, cholesterol had an inverse association with all-cause mortality as well as CVD mortality "

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on November 19, 2011
at 07:27 PM

You'll also like this http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2753.2011.01767.x/pdf hey guys, if you were interested to see more of that study I mentioned, here it is. The only pain is that in Europe they measure mmol/L the rough conversions are: 5.0 is 193 mg/dl 6.0 is 232 mg/dl 7.0 is 271 mg/dl "Among women, cholesterol had an inverse association with all-cause mortality as well as CVD mortality "

559a1bf85bfe38a0fbbf56377c7278b4

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on November 19, 2011
at 12:21 PM

This is amazing, it just couldn't be clearer. I am going to show it to all my friends. It begs the further question: why are doctors (even in France) still telling people not to eat saturated fat? (OK, that's a rhetorical question, I have read Mr Taubes)

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on November 19, 2011
at 05:37 AM

no it's just fat malabsorption that goes right out the back end. It can happen with really high fat intakes. If it happens with moderate fat intake then it should probably be looked into.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on November 19, 2011
at 04:00 AM

nice question. i had that fear initially, i got over it.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on November 19, 2011
at 03:54 AM

cat was probably fed a cheap crappy cat food. Most of them have corn and soybeans in them. Blech

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 19, 2011
at 03:09 AM

lol...exactly huey. Kinda not even relevant considering you didn't even mention any poo problems. -rrhea = flow.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 19, 2011
at 03:07 AM

Indubitably, thou clay-brained, artless bum-bailey.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 19, 2011
at 03:04 AM

Indubitably oughest thou, o artless bum-bailey.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 19, 2011
at 03:03 AM

Indubitably thou oughest.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on November 19, 2011
at 01:52 AM

Oh-oh. Big words like that scare. Should I be scared?

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 19, 2011
at 01:40 AM

Steatorrhoea, that's what.

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on November 19, 2011
at 04:09 AM

This study makes a lot of people feel better...

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20071648

CONCLUSIONS: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on November 19, 2011
at 07:27 PM

You'll also like this http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2753.2011.01767.x/pdf "Among women, cholesterol had an inverse association with all-cause mortality as well as CVD mortality "

559a1bf85bfe38a0fbbf56377c7278b4

(1548)

on November 19, 2011
at 12:21 PM

This is amazing, it just couldn't be clearer. I am going to show it to all my friends. It begs the further question: why are doctors (even in France) still telling people not to eat saturated fat? (OK, that's a rhetorical question, I have read Mr Taubes)

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 19, 2011
at 07:27 PM

You'll also like this http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2753.2011.01767.x/pdf hey guys, if you were interested to see more of that study I mentioned, here it is. The only pain is that in Europe they measure mmol/L the rough conversions are: 5.0 is 193 mg/dl 6.0 is 232 mg/dl 7.0 is 271 mg/dl "Among women, cholesterol had an inverse association with all-cause mortality as well as CVD mortality "

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 19, 2011
at 07:34 PM

Because sat fat will increase cholesterol, however it's not in a bad way

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on November 19, 2011
at 04:23 AM

We all have the capacity to entertain irrational beliefs. And the related capacity to challenge those beliefs as delusional. Many years ago, in the midst of what would be called a "schizophrenic break," a friend started to be convinced that he was Jesus. Then he remembered, from his undergraduate psychology days, that people who think they are Jesus, are crazy. This helped him to realize he wasn't in his right mind. That, at the very least, he was "over-thinking stuff."

You know your beliefs are mistaken. Activate the "I am not Jesus" part of yourself vis-a-vis saturated fat. It will help you in cool ways all the rest of your life.

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Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on November 19, 2011
at 02:13 AM

For my first six months of study/eating this way, I did. I'm a couple of years into it and I never think of it anymore. I eat what I eat and I feel great.

The conclusion I've reached from my own experience is similar to that reached by many others: You're going to be okay if you eat real foods. Period.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 19, 2011
at 01:48 AM

Just goes to show...you keep saying the same thing to people day in and day out and they start to believe it, even with all evidence to the contrary. One reason that I dont read the newspaper and if I have the TV on I mute every commercial.

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on November 19, 2011
at 03:21 AM

Fortunately for my health, I never quite bought the "fat is bad" dogma. I've always eaten the fat on my meat and used butter, etc.

Right now, marrow and fat from bone broths is my primary fat source, but I also throw some KerryGold in the skillet when I want to stir-fry veggies or eggs.

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D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on November 19, 2011
at 03:38 AM

Yeah I used to have a fat-phobia... nowadays I'm way more afraid of vegetable oils than anything else though. And I love animal fats. I just dissected a cat as fat as Garfield in lab and the adipose tissue looked yummy! (kidding...)

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on November 19, 2011
at 03:54 AM

cat was probably fed a cheap crappy cat food. Most of them have corn and soybeans in them. Blech

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on November 19, 2011
at 01:30 AM

I ate enough fatty bone broth recently to get a bellyache. I will henceforth moderate somewhat. What does that tell ya?

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 19, 2011
at 03:04 AM

Indubitably oughest thou, o artless bum-bailey.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 19, 2011
at 03:07 AM

Indubitably, thou clay-brained, artless bum-bailey.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 19, 2011
at 01:40 AM

Steatorrhoea, that's what.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 19, 2011
at 03:09 AM

lol...exactly huey. Kinda not even relevant considering you didn't even mention any poo problems. -rrhea = flow.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 19, 2011
at 05:37 AM

no it's just fat malabsorption that goes right out the back end. It can happen with really high fat intakes. If it happens with moderate fat intake then it should probably be looked into.

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on November 19, 2011
at 01:52 AM

Oh-oh. Big words like that scare. Should I be scared?

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 19, 2011
at 03:03 AM

Indubitably thou oughest.

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