Originally Posted by Darryl Shaw
According to Cordains research saturated fats account for 10 - 15% of energy in the average hunter-gatherer diet.
Reading the article (thanks for the reference, BTW) depending on the time of year (e.g., eating animals fattened for winter), "typical" hunter-gathers consumed up to nearly 18% saturated fat.
That amount can be higher seasonally for hunter-gather societies who ate higher than the median range in animal. Cordain's table inexplicably stops at the 65% of animal derived nutrients range, despite that (55-65%) being the median, not the upper range of nutrient ratios, but includes data well below the median.
Unless I'm reading this wrong, the 10-15% saturated fat calculation is biased toward the lower end of what typical h-g societies ate.
It should also be noted that the Masai eat and inhabitants of the Tokulau ate staggering amounts of saturated fat with no ill effects.