Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Use Lard Instead of Hydrogenated Oils

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday who has hypoglycemia and asked him what he couldn’t eat – besides the obvious sugar. He told me processed grains, but didn’t mention anything about hydrogenated oil.

I told him he should cut that out too…Hell, if he was trying to control his diet already…that stuff should be on the list of what not to eat.

But he asked me what exactly it was…I knew once, but forgot all the why’s, so I went back and did some research.

Ttrans fats are created by the hydrogenation of vegetable oil; a process that gives the oil a longer shelf life, making it a perfect choice for restaurants and manufacturers of processed foods.

But many studies over the past decade have shown trans fatty acid to be associated with artery damage, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and some cancers. A 2002 report from a National Academy of Sciences panel concluded: "The only safe intake of trans-fat is zero."

New Cork City Says, “Eat lard”…

Now here’s something interesting, New York City is trying to get restaurants to use LARD instead of hydrogenated oils as a way to decrease all those health hazards. Now that one hit me…I mean every one has been saying stay away from animal fat and now NYC is saying we should eat it.

Corby Kummer, a senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly, wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times where he pointed out that every baker knows there’s no oil that produces a flakier or tastier pie crust. Lard also produces delicious fried chicken and fish.

Lard’s not that unhealthy…

Mr. Kummer offers this breakdown of lard's fat profile:
Lard is 40 percent saturated fat (compared to coconut oil's 85 percent and palm kernel oil's 80 percent)

Lard contains "a very respectable" 45 percent monounsaturated fat.

Whoa there…Won’t all that saturated fat kill you?

A study of saturated fat appeared last year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The authors (from the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California) wrote: "The evidence is not strong, and, overall, dietary intervention by lowering saturated fat intake does not lower the incidence of nonfatal coronary artery disease (CAD); nor does such dietary intervention lower coronary disease or total mortality."

Elsewhere in their review they state: "The conclusion of an analysis of the history and politics behind the diet-heart hypothesis was that after 50 years of research, there was no evidence that a diet low in saturated fat prolongs life."

Now how’s that for blowing the lid off mainstream wisdom?

Oh, by the way, when you go out to buy lard…check the label and make sure it hasn’t been hydrogenated too. It should say it was rendered and clarified.


At 9:38 AM, Anonymous zenks said...

Wow read this 12/11/07 and was shocked. I was needing help with a suggestion of what to use in place of lard. An dthe I hear....."In New York City......".
Thank you for the info. Am still at a loss tho.


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