I've been paleo on and off for several months. During that time, I've experienced a variety of foods that I either love or hate, and have gone through some cycles of craving certain SAD foods.
I did the 30 day challenge, and after about day 10, stopped having cravings.
I added heavy whipping cream to my coffee based on Archevore.
I cook with grass-fed butter (kerrygold). I used to cook with coconut oil but stopped around day 45 (details below).
About a month ago, I changed some of my cooking habits, and in thinking about it, I stopped cooking with coconut oil, and increased the butter/lard I cooked with or put more heavy whipping cream in my coffee to get the saturated fat I need. Call it what you will, but that's what happened. I also started having wicked cravings for different grains, sugar, and all the SAD stuff that I've been trying to get out of my diet.
I bought coconut butter yesterday and had a bit with lunch. After that, I didn't experience any carbohydrate (well, gluten) or sugar cravings. I was also full a lot longer (8~ish hours, even longer than just having heavy cream with coffee for breakfast).
I have two questions based on the reduction of cravings through saturated fat:
Is there a scientific explanation for reducing cravings through the type of fat? I understand that even though heavy cream, butter, and coconut butter are saturated fat, they're actually different types of saturated fat, and lard has a different structure as well. Does this matter, or am I delusional and all of this doesn't matter? I know that satiety is based around fat intake, I just never thought about whether or not the type of saturated fat mattered.
Has anyone else noticed the type of fat they're eating and the reduction or increase of cravings?