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Saturated Fat in the absence of Insulin connection

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Updated October 28, 2014 at 4:07 AM
Created November 12, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Hi,

I'm looking for a good explanation of the common explanation in the Paleo/Low Carb community on the ability to consume Saturated Fat safely as long as insulin spiking carbohydrate is not done in the same time frame. Most specifically a description of the physiology of the process.

any links to articles etc appreciated.

Thanks,

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17136 · November 13, 2013 at 9:08 PM

I don't think that it does directly. There's something to do with carbs and dense-LDL, but that by itself doesn't cause vascular damage, rather when the dense LDL is used to repair arterial walls, it can build up plaque.

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0 · November 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM

HI, thanks for the response. I understand insulins role in moving nutrients. I was more specifically looking for the role the insulin spike plays in vascular/CVD when it occurs alongside a high fat intake.

Thanks!

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17136 · November 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Simple. Fat does not trigger insulin, only protein and carbs can do that. When insulin is triggered it instructs fat, muscle, and liver cells to store whatever nutrients are in the blood stream. If you eat a bolus of fat, then eat enough carbs to raise your insulin level past the point of resistance of these tissues, all the fat you've eaten (as well as the glucose) will be stored.

If you eat enough carbs by themselves, the same thing happens, and you'll store the glucose. Ditto with protein (although high amounts of protein can be toxic, so not a good idea.)

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0 · November 12, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Could someone give me a brief run down of how spiking insulin through carb consumption within the same proximity as consuming saturated fat creates the environment for vascular damage?

cheers

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17136 · November 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Simple. Fat does not trigger insulin, only protein and carbs can do that. When insulin is triggered it instructs fat, muscle, and liver cells to store whatever nutrients are in the blood stream. If you eat a bolus of fat, then eat enough carbs to raise your insulin level past the point of resistance of these tissues, all the fat you've eaten (as well as the glucose) will be stored.

If you eat enough carbs by themselves, the same thing happens, and you'll store the glucose. Ditto with protein (although high amounts of protein can be toxic, so not a good idea.)

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0 · November 12, 2013 at 4:47 PM

The Art and Science of LowCarb Living written by Drs. Phinney and Volek. Written by doctors for doctors so it gets a bit dense and technical, but a really good explanation of physiology and bio-chemistry involved in low-carb.

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