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Can Lard Be Good For You?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Apparently, it is. Filled with many of the mono & polyunsaturated fats that are good for you it will actually improve your cholesterol profile. Even more beneficial for you than butter! That was just one of many nuggets gleaned from Gary Taubes' latest book "Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It."

Makes me remember going to greasy spoon diners with my dad as a kid where everything was cooked in lard or butter. Ah, the good ol' days. To think they may have had it right all along, at least with the fats. Not so much with the rolls, bagels and other assorted refined carbs, as tasty as they were and still are. Not ALL carbohydrates are bad for you but Taubes reveals the science behind the bodies' insulin response to deal with simple/refined carbs that quickly breakdown and raise blood sugar. Basically, if you're trying to slim down it's best to keep blood sugar low and steady by eating more fats, proteins, complex carbs, leafy green vegetables and fruit.

It was also eye opening to learn that scientists over the decades studied various Native American tribes, the Inuit and many other cultures of hunter-gatherers world wide that had no problems with obesity or western diseases and conditions (diabetes, cardiovascular & heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, high blood pressure, obesity, etc.) But when flour and sugar are introduced to these societies it's not long before western diseases come knocking. A great book (or audiobook) for anyone who wants to get a leg up and make this journey a little less bumpy and sweaty.

Hats off to the Fort Wayne Library for having all three versions of the book available (unabridged audiobook, ebook and hardcover) so soon after release. Enough of this book learning I've got some movies to catch up on. Keep on sparkin Sparkers!
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  • -POOKIE-
    WAY better than the junk like hydrogenated fats!
    2537 days ago
    I have avoided lard like the plague. Who knew? More interesting reading ahead!
    2537 days ago
    Yep, we need some of that "lard". I remember the days of grandma - she couldn't cook anything without a giant scoop of (well used) lard! emoticon
    2574 days ago
    I'm learning so much lately that the fats are not making me fat. It's those yummy sweets and refined carbs. The less I eat them, the less I want them. Thanks for sharing this blog. Keep up the good work!
    2578 days ago
    Interesting, all the old remedies are coming back, i was reading about how good cod liver oil is for just about everything, isnt that what moms always used to give their kids?
    Just dropped by to see how you were going, hope you are having a great week emoticon
    2578 days ago
  • LEAKAY59
    Thanks for the info, Kirk! Hmm - Nanny's lard-fried homemade doughnuts are calling my memories! LOL!
    2587 days ago
    Very true sentiments..even here on my island..we have lots of
    female Centenarians...when interviewed they place their great longevity...on the use of..'in their day lots of ground food eg
    Yams..okras..sweet potatoes..fruits'...Natural is best!!!1 emoticon emoticon
    2587 days ago
    It is interesting how many variables there seems to be in finding the perfect diet. One thing is for sure it does not seem to include white flour carbs. I think I want to read this book too. Thanks for the review.
    2587 days ago
    Thanks so much for the info!! I will look into it!!! Have a great week!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2587 days ago
    :) Thanx. I'll give it a read.
    Hope your week is going Sparktacularly.
    2587 days ago
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