Hey everyone! Quick background: I've been Paleo for about 7 months now and love it. I have convinced my mom to read a few books on the topic as well and she has decided to join me (yay!). However, my question is about my family. With the exception of my mom, they are a stubborn bunch who do not want to change the way they eat (SAD).
In an effort to better my family's eating habits without them entirely realizing it, my mom and I have started using coconut oil to cook their food and adding a lot more other healthy fats to their diets. However, I have read from many sources that a high-carb diet will inhibit the body from utilizing dietary fats as fuel. Considering that my family will still be consuming high carbs (no WAY I can convince them to give up their daily pasta/bread, unfortunately), I want to know: will this higher fat diet be detrimental in any way to their health?? In other words, if they are not using the fat as primary fuel and burning it regularly, can it actually be NEGATIVE for their health? Does the fat then get stored, etc. in their bodies? Forgive me, I am not completely well-read on metabolism and physiology topics such as this.
Even if it is just a matter of adding more calories to their diets (because fat is 9cal/g and pro and carbs are 4cal/g), that would still make our well-meaning effort negative, right? But then again, coconut oil and other good sources of fat have to be better than using stuff like...Pam or "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" (shudder)..
Any help/thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Thanks everyone.