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    Glucose burning, fat storing animals.

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    Is there any animal out in the wild that stores fat but runs on glucose?

    Is there any beast that's not a fat burner?

    Is there any animal out in the wild that stores one type of fuel for future use, but preferentially burns a different type of fuel for living?

    Is there any animal out in the wild that stores fat but then suffers detrimental effects if it tries to use that fat?

    Is there any animal out in the wild like this or are humans the only fat storing glucose burning beasts on this planet?

    It doesn't make logical sense.
    (Of course that may be because I don't watch a lot of wildlife docos because i don't like seeing the prey get eaten, then i feel sorry the hungry predator when the prey escapes )

    These aren't rhetorical questions, i am genuinely interested
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    Good questions. I'm partial to Jaminet's view that mammals share a ratio of circulating aminos/lipids/glucose between meals and in their breastmilk, implying a common genome for energy management. The digestive input differs sharply but the output does not--e.g. ruminants get their lipids from excess fiber carbs, and predators get their glucose from excess protein. Human conversions are pretty lackluster so we should eat closer to what we utilize.

    But I wish these issues wouldn't collapse into silly absolutes. No mammal eats zero lipid or zero glucose. Even wolves will eat windfall fruit.
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    I'm a Jaminet believer on this too and the logic works for me. I'm not scared of carbs but I manage them and worry less about the fat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweet Leilani View Post
    Is there any animal out in the wild that stores fat but runs on glucose?

    Is there any beast that's not a fat burner?

    Is there any animal out in the wild that stores one type of fuel for future use, but preferentially burns a different type of fuel for living?

    Is there any animal out in the wild that stores fat but then suffers detrimental effects if it tries to use that fat?

    Is there any animal out in the wild like this or are humans the only fat storing glucose burning beasts on this planet?

    It doesn't make logical sense.
    (Of course that may be because I don't watch a lot of wildlife docos because i don't like seeing the prey get eaten, then i feel sorry the hungry predator when the prey escapes )

    These aren't rhetorical questions, i am genuinely interested
    There isn't any animal, period, that meets some of your questions.
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    You could kinda put most rodents, especially mice into this designation. Feed them a largely fat diet and they die. They are grain eaters through and through. They eat most of their waking day but still carry fat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanmercer View Post
    You could kinda put most rodents, especially mice into this designation. Feed them a largely fat diet and they die. They are grain eaters through and through. They eat most of their waking day but still carry fat.
    Isn't it just great that so many diet studies use rodents. No wonder fat is vilified.

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    Good point poing. I read that rodents eat until their protein requirements are met then stop. If they eat a low protein diet they get fat and if on high protein they stay lean. Maybe a lesson there.
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    Got it! Wood grubs eat cellulose which they use enzymes to convert into glucose. Yet grubs are an excellent source of fat. They eat sugar and store it as fat. I don't think they can go for long without eating, so they likely are terrible at utilizing their fat for energy, since it's designed for pupal stages anyway.


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