The latest bizarre health craze: eating ‘fat balls’


Five days a week, Christopher Petri forgoes a sandwich or salad for lunch and reaches instead for “fat balls” — golf-ball-size wads of butter, coconut oil, MCT oil and collagen oil that he whips up in his Long Island kitchen.

“I’m just eating more efficiently,” says Petri, a 32-year-old nonprofit researcher who follows a high-fat, low-carb diet and fasts for up to 18 hours at a time. “I’d much rather just eat something really fast, pop it in and go, rather than have to sit down and have a meal.”

For health freaks, fat balls — also known as energy balls, fat bombs, protein balls, bliss balls and protein balls — are the snack or meal replacement du jour. On Instagram, there are more than 106,000 pictures with the hashtag “proteinballs” and nearly 80,000 tagged “energyballs.”

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