There was much rejoicing in our home today as we beheld this sight:
That, my friends, is 10 pounds of rendered lard, 10 pounds of unrendered pork fat, three pounds of ground pork and three pounds of fresh bacon.
All from pastured pigs. Who eat a good omnivorous diet and get tons of sun.
Dave and I are positively giddy about it. You couldn’t have made us happier if you bought us a new car, I think. We’re the kind of happy about it that makes us sort of smile in the middle of doing something else, as the remembrance of what’s in our fridge occurs to us, or as we catch a glimpse of a container of lard sitting on the counter waiting for some happy hen’s eggs to fry up with it. It’s almost like being in love. We keep hugging each other and saying, “We got fat!! I can’t believe it!” with big grins on our faces. The kids are starting to think we’re weird.
Yeah, we’re probably a little crazy. But I don’t think it’s possible to overestimate the importance or benefit of getting good quality animal fats in the diet.
Even though saturated fat has a bad rap (but did you know, lard has 45% monounsaturated fat – the kind olive oil is touted for?), the fact is no study has yet shown that *natural* animal fats contribute to heart disease (or obesity, for that matter). All the studies that claim to prove the link, are using hydrogenated or trans fats in the saturated fat category. (To read more about the body of scientific “evidence” against fats and how it’s all a house of cards, see Gary Taubes’ books.)
Well raised pork fat is high in vitamin D (which is not really a vitamin at all but more like a hormone), which is quickly gaining recognition as being of key importance in preventing and treating a plethora of diseases, including reproductive issues, cancers and even the common cold.
Also, even the things we expect to contain vitamins, like vegetables, must be eaten with some fat in order for our bodies to assimilate and use the vitamins properly.
Fat is fuel for our bodies. When we eat fat we don’t need to store fat because the body can use it right away. It also stabilizes our blood sugar keeping us feeling satisfied longer with no crash. In fact, this is how we insist that bread be eaten in this house:
Fat is also pretty darn tasty.
So maybe we’re not completely crazy for being so excited about all the lard.
What do you think?