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    Ideas for Fat sources to replace Dairy

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    Hi, in an attempt to lower my ever rising LDL, I thought I would look to cutting down a bit on my dairy consumption, which seems to have crept up in an attempt to get good fat calories in.
    At present I eat the following daily for some my fat, Greek yoghurt, butter, double cream, cheese & raw milk.
    What would be good choices of fat to replace these dairy items?
    I already have a handful of macamadia nuts twice a day, a couple of avocadoes a week, salmon twice a week, sardines 2/3 times a week, beef and lamb at weekends, about 10 eggs a week.
    Iím struggling to think of other good fats to use, if I cut out the dairy fats, I will be well under my calorie needs, Iím fairly active, Iím 5í9Ē, 140lbs, so donít need to lose any weight!

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    dont assume its dairy thats the problem, I avoid cheese, but consider butter and cream really worthwhile. From my understanding it's unlikely that dairy fat will be causing your LDL but other fats wont?! Its the polyunsaturates that cause the most problems.

    having said that, my sugegstions would be coconut, cooking with lard, nut butters, dark chocolate
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    Lard and tallow. I make my own from pork fat and suet I buy very cheap from the butcher - I have him cube it because my knife is not sharp enough, then I pour off the run off into a big bowl. White, hard and tasteless fat, costs next to nothing and is delicious with everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockstareddy View Post
    dont assume its dairy thats the problem, I avoid cheese, but consider butter and cream really worthwhile. From my understanding it's unlikely that dairy fat will be causing your LDL but other fats wont?! Its the polyunsaturates that cause the most problems.

    having said that, my sugegstions would be coconut, cooking with lard, nut butters, dark chocolate
    Thanks for reply, I have been reading recently a few articles recently that butter especially raises LDL levels.
    I don’t have lots of butter, just a few squares with each of my 2 main meals a day, probably no more than 40g per day maybe.
    I really am keen to lower my LDL, it is really high, I’m seeing a blood specialist in 2 months time, so would like to lower my LDL some before that.
    Regarding your suggestions, I have a couple of squares of 85% chocolate once a day, a couple of spoonfuls of coconut oil some days too, sorry I forgot to add that in OP.
    Will give lard a go I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billp View Post
    Lard and tallow. I make my own from pork fat and suet I buy very cheap from the butcher - I have him cube it because my knife is not sharp enough, then I pour off the run off into a big bowl. White, hard and tasteless fat, costs next to nothing and is delicious with everything.
    Thanks for reply, may give lard a go for cooking, I have seen it in our local supermarket, is that ok to use or would it be best from a butcher?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyH View Post
    Thanks for reply, may give lard a go for cooking, I have seen it in our local supermarket, is that ok to use or would it be best from a butcher?
    I used to buy the supermarket stuff, but doing it myself is much cheaper. The upmarket brands should be as good as from a butcher, but I don't rate the cheap stuff particularly. It should by fine unless it hydrogenated.

    I think, quality for quality, pre-rendered lard is cheaper from a butcher at the same quality as the good brands in a supermarket. It is much more fun rendering it yourself in a frying pan or oven, and you get to eat the delicious cracking that is left over. Just make sure you don't overdo it - I did that once and the crackling tasted bad and I did not get any more fat out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyH View Post
    Thanks for reply, may give lard a go for cooking, I have seen it in our local supermarket, is that ok to use or would it be best from a butcher?
    I eat it with everything now. I got a big cast iron frying pan from Ikea and tonight I am frying beef heart and sweet potato chips in it. I keep it about 1/2" deep in lard all the time, topping up as need be. I sometimes wash it a bit though, as otherwise I get too many black bits.

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    Maybe you could just eat more meat. Have a side of meat with your eggs. I've been frying up a half pound of hamburger and when it's close to done, I scramble some eggs in the juices that have formed to soak it up. That's my breakfast for 5'3" little ol' female me. Why add fat? There is a food that already comes with fat, and that food is meat, and it comes in roughly the right proportions if it hasn't been overly trimmed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billp View Post
    I eat it with everything now. I got a big cast iron frying pan from Ikea and tonight I am frying beef heart and sweet potato chips in it. I keep it about 1/2" deep in lard all the time, topping up as need be. I sometimes wash it a bit though, as otherwise I get too many black bits.
    I have been tempted buying some beef heart for a while now, do you chop up the heart at all? I havent a clue what to do with one!
    I may try some sweet potato chips too, sounds good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    Maybe you could just eat more meat. Have a side of meat with your eggs. I've been frying up a half pound of hamburger and when it's close to done, I scramble some eggs in the juices that have formed to soak it up. That's my breakfast for 5'3" little ol' female me. Why add fat? There is a food that already comes with fat, and that food is meat, and it comes in roughly the right proportions if it hasn't been overly trimmed.
    Thanks for reply, I was thinking I eat too much meat as it is, I have lamb saturday evenings, with enough left over for sunday breakfast and lunch. On sunday evening we have beef, which again has enough left for monday breakfast and lunch. I also have beef 1 evening in the week, as well as liver twice a week.
    So with all that I think I eat too much meat!

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