Animal Fats

A good source of fats that are good for you are meat from animals that grew up eating their natural diets.  Unfortunately corn-fed cows and pigs aren’t as good.  I still eat  them.  It’s way better than sugar.

Although cuts of meat vary widely, in general most of the calories in a steak come from fat, not protein.  According to Volek and Phinney, you really shouldn’t be getting more than about 35% of your calories from protein; higher often has deleterious effects.  As I discuss over in Biology, our ancestors ate the fatty portions of the kill first. leaving the leaner, bonier parts for scavengers.

I’m going to need to build out a section of this site specifically to discuss fat.  There are a mind-boggling variety of fats.  In the interim, let’s leave it that animal tissues of animals raised on normal forage, as opposed to feed lots, have a fat profile that matches well to what your body evolved to process.

Now that I’ve stopped eating potato chips, one alternative are chicharrones from Food City.  That’s a hispanic-oriented grocery chain, and those are pork skins fried in their own fat.

Like I said in Avoid Bad, don’t combine sugar with fatty meat products.  If you eat a decent steak with vegetables and as little carbohydrates (potatoes, fries, soft drinks, etc) as possible, human-normal appetite control mechanisms will kick in.  You get full and won’t want to overeat.

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