Anyone find eating a lot of fatty chicken (chicken w/ skin on) leading to poor skin health or decreased overall well being? I feel like a lot of people avoid poultry and pork here because a lot of people fear the O6 oil content in it.
However, my family and I actually cook using a lot of chicken fat and haven't noticed any downsides. In fact, I would say my skin and nails looks way better than they ever had, and if the appearance of skin and nails are strongly linked to health, which i firmly believe they are, then are we unnecessarily afraid of chicken and pork?
I don't think the improvement to skin is due to an overall higher fat consumption - i've tracked my daily intake of fat, and it's remained relatively steady for the past year.(my macronutrient profile has remained steady as well of ~35/45/20 -FCP) But I've definitely switched up the types of fats from butter, to lard, and now chicken fat.
looking forward to reading your responses!
I know the main reason I stumbled upon this diet was my trouble with acne, and I know that higher fat has surely helped me out majorly. I think it might help from changing the raw ingredients with which your skin produces oils, but don't quote me on it.
There's another thread on here where someone said that their acne went away specifically when they started eating bacon. The same happened to me! Granted, I upped my fat intake overall and stopped all wheat and grains, but my lord, my skin has never looked better in my entire life! It's only been a month, and I've been able to stop using the benzoyl peroxide cream I've used every day for 10 years.
I like to believe it was all because of bacon...
If you think about the general SAD population, most omega-6 consumption is highly oxidized to begin with. Chicken is fried in junk oils and damaged. But coming straight from the chicken or nut or avocado it is likely minimally oxidized and useful to contribute to the integrity of the skin. I think that a moderate amount of omega-6 is a good idea for structural reasons, although the necessity of it is kind of overstated by the supposed nutritional authorities, and it soon becomes pathological.
There is also the possibility that you just have a lot of oxidative stress going on in your body and it is destroying the omega-6 fats before they can be utilized, this is generally happening in eczema that responds well to omega-6 as shown here http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=5511 But the solution isn't necessarily more omega-6 but less oxidative stress. Consumption of large amounts of the precursors for our endogenous antioxidants and their partners in the anti-oxidation network often improves skin health and then less omega-6 is needed.
The quality of proteins and fats definitely shows up in my skin, hair and nails but I personally don't react well to chicken. I do eat chicks (Cornish game hens) occasionally and eat the whole bird but I happen to do best from other fats such as beef, bacon, sardines and salmon. Egg yolks are fine as well.
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