I've been eating a lot of healthy fats lately, especially butter, coconut oil/milk and fatty beef. However, I still eat bits of rice, oatmeal and spelt bread throughout the day. Is the combination of these grains plus the fats harmful to me in any way?
I've looked this up here and I've only found one question involving eating a SAD diet with wheat and everything, plus healthy fats. I'm talking more grains, and what I personally think of as healthier grains, plus fats. I'm still not certain if this is just as bad, and if the starches and grains and everything will somehow be a bad combination with saturated fats. The grains of their own don't seem to bother me... I'm just worried about it being an unhealthy combination.
I switched to such a diet from strict paleo around two years ago or so and my blood markers have stayed favorable. My motivation for switching was I had some random health problems crop up while on paleo, which did resolve when I added certain grains to my diet (buckwheat and rice in particular). You'll find a lot of people on this diet who started out paleo and went towards "Perfect Health Diet" (based on the book by that name) or Weston A. Price-style diets. I find it's mainly people who are new to paleo who are very dogmatic about grains. It makes me sad because what ever happened to the 80-20 principle? Many of them would be shocked to find their favorite gurus enjoy tacos and sushi, just not every day.
I would see what happens when you eliminate or switch grains. Spelt could be an issue because it has gluten in it. Often oat contain gluten too.
So far, in this thread, not one person has posted any scientific study to backup their claims, nor any n=1 data. That says a lot to me.
Grains, even without the fats, aren't doing you any good. They may not be instantly showing signs of any harm, but they're still grains with all the intrinsic drawbacks. Look at the multitude of data gathered by those better versed in the science behind it than I.
However, when you combine grains with fats, no matter how healthy, you introduce a whole new set of issues. I am surprised that you have not found more information on this than you mention here. Try a search including Paleo, primal, grains, and healthy fats.
The question should be why the hell you are eating grains in the first place?
Spelt is sill gluten, oats are still grains.. You aren't going to get any healthier just because you are eating more fat.
STOP WITH THE GRAINS!!!!!!!
Oh dear. I seem to have become an angry paleo person..
It is my impression that increasing fat WHILE decreasing carbs is very healthy and will not adversely impact cholesterol & LDL.
However, if you eat carbs at the same time as high fat, you could indeed have a negative effect on LDL.
Perhaps the more expert ones here might have some citations to back that up.
Two main reasons to switch to saturated fats are the inflammation caused by PUFA, and the Omega 3/6 balance.
Polyunsaturated fats like vegetable oils are often processed, deodorized, and oxidized, and can cause inflammation within the body. Switching to minimally processed saturated fats will help with this.
In addition, vegetable oils are high in Omega 6, and the Omega 3s that they do have are often damaged or not in a usable form, so it throws off the 3/6 balance.
However, your body can more easily store fats when eaten with carbohydrates, as the higher insulin leads to more fat storage. I think Cordain also thinks that eating grains with saturated fat leads to heart disease.
I use saturated fat in my eating plan, but keep it much lower when I am eating carbs. While its never "low fat," your fat should be lower if you are eating grains.
I agree with Melissa. I cycle my carbs, but when I add them back in a couple days a week it is often in the form of rice (sushi) or potatoes. I am not gluten intolerant, but I feel like if I keep exposing myself to it consistently, it may become an issue, so I choose not to eat it.
A protein in oatmeal is similar to gluten, so I try to avoid it now that I know that. You can always switch to rice cereal, which has a similar taste/texture or even try this stuff I've seen called "quinoa flakes." don't get me wrong though, I ate a 40g serving of oats religiously everyday for a couple years straight, and noticed zero side effects from it. It wasn't until I read a bunch of fat people bashing grains and carbs who don't know a damn thing about healthy metabolisms and being athletic that I stopped eating them at all. I have kept it out of my diet because i am now paranoid and scared to from believing these morons. Whoops that was harsh. Oh well, I don't actually give a damn.
If you don't need to lose hell weight and feel fine consuming them, I say just keep at it, in moderation.