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    Advice on liquid fat

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    I usually add macadamia oil to my protein shakes; without the oil I'm hungry an hour later. The oil emulsifies well and doesn't detract from the overall flavor, though it does add a bit of an odd flavor.

    I tried using coconut fat but below room temperature it is a solid and of course it won't emulsify.

    Anyone have an idea for anotherliquid "paleo/primal" fat? This macadamia oil is good stuff but it's expensive. I haven't tried olive oil but I'm guessing it will detract quite a bit from the (vanilla) flavor of the protein powder.

    I do use heavy cream and it's quite good, it adds one heck of a creamy texture and flavor to the shake but I'm trying to increase my flavor choices.

    Any advice?

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    I made Primal mayonnaise the other day with avocado oil (after my olive oil mayo turned out pretty awful-tasting). The avocado oil didn't seem to have much of a flavor at all, and it made great mayo. I believe it's generally cheaper than macadamia nut oil, too, although of course that'll vary by brand and volume.

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    When it comes to not destroying the taste of my shakes, I just usually down a tbsp or 2 of olive oil, udo's blend or flax oil if I want the extra fat. Then I drink the shake after the oil. It sucks for about 5 seconds.
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    I know it sounds crazy, and I have no idea if it really is or not since I almost never drink shakes, but what about melted butter? I guess cream would be a better choice really, haha.

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    What about adding a 1/4 cup (or more) of coconut milk instead? Still plenty of fat (~11g, a tbsp of oil has 14g) but it will blend much better into your shake, and it would probably taste better too.
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    @ yodiewan:

    The problem with any fat that is solid at room temperature is that in the cold temperature of a shake, the melted oil solidifies and of course this keeps it from emulisfying.

    It has been suggested I use a blender to minimize the size of the cold fat particles but I'm not happy with the idea of blending amino acids or proteins. Some amino acids and some proteins, such as those in raw egg yolk, are delicate and a blender breaks them up. (I always use a shaker bottle.) I don't know if breaking a protein molecule changes anything but if a digestion reaction is designed for a whole molecule, I'm not sure a piece of the molecule would be as useful or even used.

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    I use 1T of coconut oil in my protein shakes and love it. I've never had a problem with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishergirl106 View Post
    What about adding a 1/4 cup (or more) of coconut milk instead? Still plenty of fat (~11g, a tbsp of oil has 14g) but it will blend much better into your shake, and it would probably taste better too.
    I thought about that but I recently saw an article that coconut milk cans are lined with plastic containing BPA. According to this article, which I cannot cite because I don't remember where I saw it, coconut milk, et. al., are higher in this BPA than products such as water that are stored and sold in plastic containers. The article specifically mentioned coconut milk as having a very high content of BPA.

    I am not 100% convinced of the dangers of BPA but there are indications it has a bearing on obesity. Since I am obese and I am combatting it, I now avoid anything that may contribute to my problem. (Thanks to primal/paleo I am winning the war.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricialisha View Post
    I use 1T of coconut oil in my protein shakes and love it. I've never had a problem with it.
    I use quite a bit more oil than that. My breakfast must have the ability to last me for several hours since "lunch" may or may not occur. The protein powder I use has 90 calories per scoop. I use three scoops for a total of 270 calories from proteins and that low amount is of course not enough. Most of the people one might consider experts say one should keep fat calories around 65% of one's daily intake. If 270 protein calories is 35% of a meal, then I need to add 500 fat calories. To attain this extra 500 calories I add 4Tof liquid fat. That much solid fat simply will not emulsify in my shaker bottle (I don't use a blender because of the damage it can do to proteins).
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    I do this, as well. I will scoop up some CO and swallow it just so I can enjoy my shake's yummy vanilla flavor.

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