My grandmother made biscuits using lard and OMG, they were out of this world. Back in her time, no one worried about all the things we worry about today.
Maybe we ought to learn from people long ago when they didn't eat everything low-fat, processed, but ate things that were readily available without being processed, and ate lots of fats, too! People of years ago were healthier, leaner and had less cancer rates than today. There is strong research that shows that the bad fats are actually the vegetable oils that are liquid at room temp, and the good ones are solid at room temp (coconut oil, butter, lard). I am an advocate for anything in moderation, but if we can learn to eat the good fats, we should--after all our bodies need fat. Not to change this topic from what it was originally started for--as I would love to know if lard would taste good. I know it is better for you than crisco!
MOST EXCITING AND INFORMATIVE
âEat Fat, Lose Fatâ by Mary Enig, Ph.D., and Sally Fallon is the most exciting and informative book Iâve read since I read Theron Randolphâs Human Ecology and Susceptibility to the Chemical Environment 29 years ago. This is not primarily a book about losing weight. Their basic premise is that many chronic diseases can be healed by consuming coconut oil, cod liver oil, lard, and raw organic milk and butter, and they summarize the evidence that the vegetable oil industry has promoted oils which cause heart disease, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal insufficiency, reduced libido, allergies, hay fever, asthma, attention deficits, diabetes, hypoglycemia, food cravings, candidiasis, menorrhagia, immunodeficiciency, autoimmunity, irritable bowel, colitis, Crohnâs Disease, eczema, Epstein-Barr virus, herpes, and AIDS. They also show that the drug industry has promoted the falsehood that dietary cholesterol causes arteriosclerosis in order to sell cholesterol lowering drugs. Why read a spy novel when the shocking truth about how the food and drug industries are using medical research to trick physicians and the public is laid out in âEat Fat, Lose Fatâ? There are also recipes, and 20 pages on how to find and purchase healthful, less chemically-contaminated fats and other traditional healthful foods. With nutritional supplements in jeopardy, itâs time to learn how traditional fats and other whole foods can restore and maintain health.
Lawrence A. Plumlee, M.D.
Book Review for The Environmental Physician