What Happened to Lard?

Saturday, February 25, 2012
lardFrom my last blog about cheese, let's move on to another maligned high-fat food. I don't know if you've noticed, but the humble lard is making a comeback in food circles (and, of course Paleo circles).

Lard was once a fat commonly used in household cooking, but as the 20th century progressed, it was largely replaced by vegetable shortening, touted as "pure" and "digestible", but actually containing partially-hydrogenated fats which turn out to be the worst of the fats for our health. (Lard is mostly made up of monounsaturated fats and saturated fats.)

Recently the Planet Money team on NPR aired a piece called "Who Killed Lard?", with an accompanying written story. I thought it was pretty interesting. Also very interesting was this story about a 64-year old can of lard that was tested and found still edible!

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