Okay, okay. I realise that sat fats are not the demon people make it out to be.
But it occured to me the other day, that we (or me at least) are adding alot of SFAs to the diet via coconut oil, butter (and cheese), lard etc...
And also that some meats are slightly higher in SFAs or MUFA than others. Most meats however have a real good wack of MUFA.
So I started wondering if our anscestral diet would have had a bit more MUFA oriented than what I am currently eating.
Certainly alot of the diet would have been more small game orientated, whereas we tend to eat larger animals these days.
Even just eating a variety of meats, without adding SFA heavy oils/fats would probably change the balance back to more MUFA significantly.
I am considering doing a bit more slow-cooking, so I dont have to add fats/oils. This would also mitigate some of the oxidation issues, and slow cooked foods are easier to digest. Slow cooking would have been quite common I think.
I asked a somewhat related question, back when I first joined. Now that most of my calories are fat, its something I have revisited thinking about.
But i just wanted to know, does anyone eat a paleo diet with less added fats, or one that has more MUFA, rather than being sat fat focused?
Also, what does everyone think of this approach?
How easy is MUFA to oxidize via cooking? (Keeping in mind this would apply equally to the meat itself). Would that generally only happen at high rather than low temperatures?
How much of an issue is this oxidation really for health?
Just as to show what I am talking about heres some examples:
Beef, plate, inside skirt steak, separable lean only, trimmed to 1/4" (28oz): SFA: 14.2 grams, MUFA: 19.1 grams, PUFA 1.6
Pork, fresh, belly, raw (28oz): SFA: 5.4 grams, MUFA: 7.0 grams, PUFA 1.6
Chicken, broilers or fryers, meat and skin, raw (28oz): SFA: 11 grams, MUFA: 17 grams, PUFA: 8.9 grams
Duck, wild, meat and skin, raw (8.4oz): SFA 12 grams, MUFA 16 grams, PUFA 4.8 grams
Game meat, rabbit, wild, raw (1oz): SFA: 0.19 grams, MUFA: 0.17 grams, PUFA: 0.12 grams
Game meat, caribou, raw(1oz): SFA: 0.37, MUFA: 0.28, PUFA: 0.23
Bear, game (1oz): SFA: 1g, MUFA: 1.6g, PUFA: 0.7g
You can see, even with these few examples, saturated fat isnt always the dominant fat in meats. Just as often its MUFA (perhaps even more often), and sometimes theres some more significant amounts of the dreaded PUFA there too.