What Happened to Lard?

Lard? Wut choo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?

Lard may be making a come-back. An NPR article reviews its fall from grace, with mention of Crisco, Upton Sinclair, and Procter and Gamble.

Steve Parker, M.D.

h/t Laura Dolson

5 responses to “What Happened to Lard?

  1. I recently found a source of of lard from a Mennonite slaughter house in rural Kentucky. I had forgotten how good food could taste until I started using it! A seven pound bucket cost less than $5.00.

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  3. Since lard (and I would say it should be carefully sourced, not those industrial bricks from the store) is the closest available fat to human body fat, it might be the healthiest fat to eat! There are those new intriguing studies on mixing olive oil and butter for the best ratios… aren’t you kind of making lard then? Oh, Crisco… http://www.crisco.com/About_Crisco/History.aspx

    • Hey, Emily. Good to hear from you. I guess we should be cognizant of potential fat-soluble toxins in lard. Six months ago there was a prominent Internet meme about all the toxins released when we burn up our fat stores in a weight-loss program. Who monitors these things?

      (Dear Reader: please visit Dr. Deans’ Evolutionary Psychiatry blog at Psychology Today online magazine. Highly recommended.)