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Thursday 17 March 2016

5 Reasons Why Lard Is the New Coconut Oil

Coconut oil may no longer be the trendiest healthy fat on the block

“Lard ass, tub of lard, lardo.” An article in Prevention opens with these three poignant offenses. It goes on to say, “With insults like these now part of our social vernacular, it's no wonder lard has gotten such a bad rap. The word isn't just synonymous with fat — it actually is fat, or pork fat culled from the area surrounding a pig's stomach and rendered for use in cooking.”

With that being said, who in her or his right mind would want to cook using lard? It sounds unhealthy, and it’s made up of about 40 percent saturated fats. Won’t eating it turn you into a regular ol’ tub o’ lard?

Apparently not: According to fairly recent studies,saturated fats aren’t that bad for you. Along with the fact that lard doesn't taint foods cooked in it with any flavor, its high saturated fat content is just one of the reasons why lard may be the newest, trendiest fat on the block. Here’s why:

Cholesterol (Oh, Yeah, It’s Healthy)
Lard sits comfortably in the 18th position on a list of the top 22 foods richest in cholesterol. Lard provides us with dietary cholesterol which is, in fact, beneficial to the body and doesn’t contribute to blood cholesterol levels. Rather, it supports healthy hormone production and helps deal with inflammation.

Heart Health
While lists of heart-healthy foods don’t generally contain lard, it appears that they may want to consider adding it in the near future.

“The pervasive myth that animal fats increase the risk of heart disease is just that – a myth,” says Empowered Sustenance. “Our great-great-grandparents consumed lard and butter and experienced extremely low rates of heart disease. Lard is part of a healthy diet and will not give you [a] heart attack.”

Heat Stable
Because of the way lard is chemically composed, it’s great to bake and to cook with. At around 40 percent saturated fat, 50 percent monounsaturated fat, and 10 percent polyunsaturated fat, its high saturated-fat content prevents the other fat from oxidizing when introduced to heat.

TLDR: You’ll probably want to try making your next batch ofhealthy chocolate chip cookies with lard.

Vitamin D
After cod liver oil, lard ranks second on the list of foods highest in vitamin D.

Why Not Follow History?
It’s time to revitalize lard, a product that was in every American pantry and pan just mere decades ago. Rumors say that Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle may have played a big role in the killing of lard, but, regardless of who killed it, there’s no reason that lard can’t come back. Generations upon generations of cooks used this healthy fat, and we think you should too.

Help bring it back by trying one of our best recipes with lard.



Anonymous said...

Joy of joys and hallelujah Our great-great-grandparents consumed lard and butter and experienced extremely low rates of heart disease. Lard is part of a healthy diet and will not give you a heart attack.”

Indeed we should Praise the lard

Carla from The River said...

Agree! We use lard here in our house. Lard makes the best pie crust. :-))

Linda said...

High in vitamin D? Who knew?

Margaret D said...

Lard, very old fashioned stuff..

Kezzie said...

I honestly don't think I've ever used it! How funny!

The Happy Whisk said...

Gram made her own lard and saved it. Used it all the time. I sometimes render down chicken skin and use the fat for potatoes. Oh my gosh. So good.

Lowcarb team member said...

Both of my Grans always had a bowl of lard in the house, as did my lovely mum.
It's great to use - some may call it old fashioned - but I call it great tasting and healthy eating !

Bring on the lard and bring on the butter!

Many thanks to:

Anon - Praise The Lard Indeed!

Carla - yes lard in pie crusts and other cooking too!

Linda - Yes, high in Vit D !

Margaret - old fashioned yes and good for you yes !

Kezzie - I'd recommend you try it !

Ivy - I just knew you would use this great food !

Many thanks to you all for your comments.

All the best Jan

The Happy Whisk said...

Yes, before I would use the chicken fat. Now a days, we don't have any of the skin left for rendering. BUT, when we did I used it for potatoes.

So flippin' good.

Lowcarb team member said...

"So flippin' good"


Thanks again Ivy ...

All the best Jan