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by 0 · April 22, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I've been on paleo for about three weeks now. For the last one week I've been experiencing some intense cravings, but I can't tell what it is I'm craving. After a pretty fatty dinner tonight, with bacon, chicken and salad with avocado oil -... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · April 22, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Cravings really don't mean anything. There's a whole bunch of pseudo-scientific ideas around the ideas that cravings indicate nutritional deficiencies, not supported by real science though.

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by 0 · December 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM

What oil or fats would you recommend for dressings, mashed potatoes, and sauces to someone who cannot have coconut oil or any dairy (including ghee)? Avocado oil? Inexpensive (or about the same price as coconut oil or ghee) is a big plus.

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Matt_11 0 · December 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Olive oil for everything. It's good for cooking, don't believe those who say otherwise. Of course, you have to like the flavor of it, which may be a challenge.

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by 571 · November 16, 2013 at 3:08 PM

After much searching, I can't seem to find a straight answer on this. If palm olein is listed on the ingredients (of plantain chips for example), would you eat it? Where does it fall on a scale of bad oils (soybean) to good oils (coconut)?

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Matt_11 0 · November 16, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Palm olein is a fractionated palm oil where the higher melting point solid fats (long-chain saturated fats, stearin) are separated from the lower melting point liquid fats (short-chain saturated fats and unsaturates, olein). Nothing wrong with... (more)

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by 250 · November 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM

I've read about this numerous times and remain woefully confused. We are advised to use oils with high smoke points because once an oil passes its smoke point it becomes carcinogenic, right? Well, then why do so many people recommend cooking... (more)

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jake3_14 0 · November 12, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Have you read any paleo guideline books? They discuss the problems with seed oils.

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by 139 · May 08, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Cooking oils like butter, olive, coconut, avocado, palm and macadamia oils did not exist in the the Paleolithic era. Rendered animal fats like tallow, duck fat, chicken fat and lard seem more paleo than those other man made processed oils. So why... (more)

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Gio_1 0 · May 07, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Go for it man. Ivymcivy doesn't know what he's talking about, he's just jealous because he has to fry all his meat in pasteurized butter. :)

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by 953 · April 22, 2013 at 3:33 AM

They list corn and canola oil as strongly anti-inflammatory, saturated fats as mildly inflammatory, and soy oil and peanut oil is listed as inflammatory. I would say they are blinded by conventional wisdom but the soy/peanut oil thing threw me... (more)

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Carl_7 0 · April 22, 2013 at 2:50 AM

It must be the vitamin k and vitamin e that are giving it those numbers. Take it with a grain of salt.

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by 77338 · January 22, 2013 at 4:24 AM

Which oils/fats should I avoid, and which are good? And why? General list: Coconut oil (obviously very good) Butter/ghee (obviously good/very good) Cocoa butter Tallow Palm oil Lard Duck fat Avocado oil Macadamia nut oil Olive oil Peanut... (more)

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Anon_17 0 · January 22, 2013 at 3:08 AM

It depends on how you judge fats. If you agree that PUFAs are bad because they slow thyroid function or whatever reason, you can have butter, coconut oil, and tallow. Olive oil, palm oil, and probably macadamia are ok in moderation. Cocoa butter... (more)

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by 578 · December 03, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Which do you think is worse for human health? I personally think that those highly refined vegetable and seed oils are just as bad if not much worse than grains. It's only been used for a couple of decades whereas grains have been eatan for many... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · December 03, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Vegetable oils are more insidious than wheat/grains.

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by 578 · November 09, 2012 at 11:11 PM

I'm asking if just eating beef, eggs, chicken and fish by itself have enough dietary fat? Do i have to add butter or oils(EVOO,avocado oil,coconut oil) to get adeqaute fat in my diet?I'm on a budget and i'm trying to cut back on cooking oils and... (more)

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Gabby_1 0 · November 09, 2012 at 9:10 PM

For my own goals, I have to add fat into my diet because animal sources are not enough. I eat about 65% of my calories as fat. What I do for example is at breakfast have 3 tbsp of coconut oil, for lunch it's usually 1-2 tbsp of olive oil on a... (more)

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by 800 · November 21, 2013 at 2:48 PM

So I am thinking avocado oil, but many recommend macadamia, I would love to use a nut oil, but would that have phytic acid in the oil since the nuts have them. And coconut oil and lard I think would turn to cement when refrigerated. Also coconut... (more)

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payo 0 · November 21, 2013 at 2:48 PM

You are correct that recipes that are mostly coconut oil turn to butter in the refrigerator. I make my commercial mayonnaise, Payo, with macadamia, coconut, and olive oil. You can pre-order a jar to try it on... (more)

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by 15 · October 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Should I be concerned about brands of cooking oils (EVOO, Coconut, etc.), and spices that are processed in the same factory as wheat, soy, peanuts, etc...? I've found some that do not but they are usually more expensive. I do not have any... (more)

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Sara_S_ 0 · October 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM

I think it shouldn't be a concern for most people. I'm what's considered a "super sensitive celiac": I react to under 10ppm of gluten. I've had trouble with a few spices (but no oils) that are processed in facilities with wheat. Most celiacs I... (more)

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by 578 · December 25, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Which type of fat is better for men trying to increase testosterone? I read a lot of articles online stating that monounsaturated fats are better than saturated for testosterone. I know to avoid most PUFA. Which type fat is better for overall health? (more)

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Jo_10 0 · November 09, 2012 at 7:40 AM

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by 578 · October 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Which oil is better overall in smell, taste, texture, color, nutrients, antioxidants and cooking? Why is avocado oil not as well known as olive oil?

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Ashley_Roze_ 0 · October 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Avocado oil is a lot more expensive but I do like that it isn't a mafia owned business and therefore less likely to be contaminated with vegetable oils.

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by 5 · July 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I have a son who is 13years old,he has sensitivity to certain brands of chocolates (cadbury, ram-mandel,eclairs...) .After eating his voice becomes hoarse and his tonsils swell. Same is with certain cooking oils and foods.He has no fever or cold... (more)

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BoneBrothFast 0 · July 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Put your son on an autoimmune protocol diet. There's several out there and they generally achieve the same thing.

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by 5 · May 21, 2012 at 1:47 AM

The wok and cast iron pan are easy - I can heat coconut oil in them after they've been cleaned and coat the cooking surface. That doesn't work as well for the grinding plates and blades of the meat grinder. I'm looking for an oil that: Is viscous... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · May 21, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Not sure it would really matter. Even if you used some nasty rancid corn oil, the amount that you might consume in the future by simply using the utensils is miniscule.

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by 45 · February 14, 2012 at 2:41 AM

I'll be going to Eddie V's for dinner next week in Austin and am trying to stay pretty strict while there. So I was wondering if anyone knows what oils they use on their steaks and sautéed veggies?

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by 165 · December 01, 2011 at 2:08 PM

What is the best oil for deep frying?

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cliff_1 0 · December 01, 2011 at 2:08 PM

rendered ruminant fat(tallow), ghee or refined coconut oil

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by 399 · November 09, 2011 at 5:55 AM

I have been reading some paleo cookbooks that use sesame seed oil in their recipes for asian flavor. (thats what they call it anyway). I am wondering if this is something to stay away from? or if it is ok to use. If it IS something to stay away... (more)

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Dorado_Galore 0 · November 09, 2011 at 5:55 AM

Do the same provisos ("limit consumption of things sesame") apply to sesame butter (aka tahini)? In the panoply of nut/seed butters (almond, walnut, cashew), where does sesame butter stand? Especially in terms of the inflammation issue. How does... (more)

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by 157 · May 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

I live in Greece and I can buy fresh fish such as anchovies and sardines at least once a week.Salmon though is farmed raised and quite expensive for what it is so I do not buy. Also,there is not a variety of fish oil capsules or bottles... (more)

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Rachel_7 0 · May 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Another great choice is an algal DHA supplement. Your body can convert DHA to EPA as needed. This is a good, sustainable way to get O-3. My whole family uses Carlson's liquid Fish Oil or Carlson Kids Chewable DHA. It's fine for grown ups, too! I... (more)

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by 438 · March 25, 2012 at 4:08 AM

I saw this on sale at my local Native Sun and wanted to get some input (mainly about the oils) to see what my fellow Paleo's think about this. Always looking for some different beverages to mix things up a bit. Contents: Virgil's Root Beer... (more)

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Dee_6 0 · March 25, 2012 at 4:08 AM

Why not Good Earth and Traditional Medicinal teas? They're more flavorful and even sweet tasting.

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by 103 · April 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Is it bad to use a combination of coconut oil and lard when cooking the same dish?

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WayfinderAli 0 · April 10, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Dude, I do it all the time and never really thought about it. I mean, lard isn't bad for you, coconut oil isn't bad for you, so I would think it wouldn't matter if you combined them.

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by 190 · February 25, 2011 at 8:02 PM

So what is the difference between good fats found in animals and good fats found on oils, avocados, nuts, seeds etc. Someone please explain the difference between the good mono and poly, etc. etc.

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Dana_1 0 · February 25, 2011 at 8:02 PM

If you're inclined to read a book on the subject, I'll add to Jason's excellent recommendation by mentioning Mary Enig, PhD's Know Your Fats.

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by 200 · January 05, 2012 at 11:15 PM

If a restaurant were to create a 'paleo menu', sort of like a gluten free menu.....what should be included and excluded? While paleo by definition includes meats (hopefully ethically raised/pastured), veggies, fruits, nuts/seeds, the concepts of... (more)

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Nick_3 0 · January 13, 2011 at 7:11 PM

How about categorizing the dishes into "strict" paleo and "non-strict"/"loose" paleo?

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by 250 · December 22, 2010 at 2:16 PM

I'm a newbie to paleo cooking, and discovering that many of the oils I used to use may not be as healthy as I thought they were. I hear lots of talk of PUFAs and too much omega-6... What are the best oils/fats that you cook with?

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andrew 0 · December 22, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Pork fat, beef fat, duck fat, butter, coconut oil less often (I find it harder on the gut!). Chicken fat occasionally. Olive oil as a dressing.