So I've been doing paleo a little while now and I'm staring to look and feel good.
The thing I've never got is lean meat? I can fry my lean meat in good animal fat though!! Looking into a ketogenic diet It's fat fat fat.
What's wrong with fatty meat? Why lean?
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See haley's answer.
Grain fed cows (or sheep or whatever) tend to accumulate fat that are more in n6 and less in n3 fats. Additionally environmental toxins (and anti-biotics?) has a tendency to build up in the fatty sections of an animal body.
So the thumb rule is, if you are going to buy grass-fed meat then go for the fattier parts and ofcourse the liver, heart etc.. But if you are buying factory farmed, grain fed meat which came from animals that lived under bad environmental conditions then it is safe to stick to lean meat and use some good fat like coconut oil or ghee or lard to cook the lean meat.
Mark Sisson also mentioned something similar in MDA - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/does-the-liver-store-toxins/
I think some people eat lean meat of they can't afford grass-fed, this way they don't get way too much omega-6... if it's grass-fed, knock yourself out!
IMHO fatty meat is just as good as lean meat for paleo purposes. The quality of the meat is more important, as in grass fed, corn free, etc.
probably Loren Cordain's hard line on fatty meats that trips up beginner paleos
i stick to fatty meats because they taste good and are good for you. i only eat grass fed and organic. why do you think you can only eat lean meats?
If it is grass fed, eat as much of the fat as you can. For industrial meat, go ahead and eat some fat if you feel like it, but I wouldn't go crazy with it. Grass fed butter makes any steak better.
Basically it is just meat that has less than a specific amount of fat and cholesterol in it. In order to be lean it must have less than a certain amount of saturated fat. Not all fats are the same, go ahead and research "saturated fat" and make your own decision from there.
Welcome Paleo - it's a big tent :-)
I think most Paleo practitioners do prefer juicy fat meat; as this both aligns with the known practices of previous and existing hunter-gather communities, and matches the known science of aerobic cell metabolism.
So in short, I think you have been given the wrong advice regarding fat consumption. Advice probably based off 1960/70s flawed science where cholesterol was observed in heart disease victims and assumed to be a causative agent instead of the body's attempt to protect and repair arterial damage due to the real killer - inflammation.
The process of revising science (especially with some people's careers on the line) is a slow one; so review multiple sources before making up your mind.
For my part, I suggest some pro-fat reading: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/high-fat-diet-healthy-safe/