Over the past few decades, lard has become synonymous with junk food. Our grandmothers mostly cooked with this product, and the memory of the buttermilk made with butter still seems to be felt as a taste in our mouths. Today we use it for body massage, especially during colds, hair masks…
Turns out lard may soon be in the superfood category. It is suitable for baking, frying, making cakes, without leaving a residual taste, as after using our favorite coconut oil.
What are the benefits of its consumption?
High in vitamin D
Lard is the second richest food source of vitamin D, after cod liver oil. One tablespoon of lard contains 1000 IU of vitamin D. Also, lard contains good amounts of fatty acids.
May help reduce depression
Lard contains oleic acid. According to some studies, regular consumption of this acid can help us feel better in stressful situations, depressive conditions.
Has benefits for hormones
Consumption of fat may also have certain benefits for hormones in the human body. Interestingly, both cholesterol and vitamin D play a vital role in the synthesis and regulation of hormones in the body. Lard is a good source of these two elements.
Does no harm to heart he alth
The common belief is that animal fat, and saturated fat in particular, clogs arteries and increases the likelihood of heart disease and heart attack. Recent studies are beginning to show otherwise. An analysis published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which looked at more than 300,000 people, showed that consumption of saturated fat was not associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
What's more, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet may actually be associated with an increase in triglycerides, which can increase the risk of heart disease. Therefore, you may consume lard in moderation.
Not hydrogenated fat
For years, margarine was thought to be the he althier alternative to animal fats. But this type of product is obtained by hydrogenation in solid form.
Hydrogenated fats can increase bad cholesterol levels, increase the risk of developing cancer, cause a number of inflammations in the body, accelerate the aging process, and more.
Last but not least, lard is economical to use, which in turn brings benefits to the family budget.