Could Lard Be the Newest Health Food?
Over the last few years, the health industry has had a revelation: Fat can be good for you. To be honest, it has basically been the best news ever. And now it looks like the good news just keeps getting better. According to recent findings, lard might have a legit place in your diet. In fact, some nutritionists are already fully on board.
But first things first. What actually IS lard? It’s not butter or oil, but rendered pig fat. It is often used to make pastries or fried dishes because it doesn’t smoke easily. Lard is sometimes even used as a quick breakfast, smeared on a piece of bread (avo toast 2.0?). But be aware: Lard and bacon grease are kind of different. They’re similar in that they’re both pig fat. They can be swapped in a pinch, but the bacon fat will have a more pronounced flavor, since bacon is smoked and salted.
So how exactly is this considered healthy? Saturated fat makes up about 40 percent of the fat in lard. According to Prevention, “Recent studies have found that eating more saturated fat doesn’t increase the risk of heart disease at all, while some studies show it can raise good HDL cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease when combined with a low-carb or low-sugar diet.”
Additionally, lard has no trans fat. Nutritionist Andrew Weil, M.D. writes, “Nutritionally speaking, lard has nearly one-fourth the saturated fat and more than twice the monounsaturated fat as butter. It is also low in omega-6 fatty acids, known to promote inflammation; according to lard enthusiasts, free-range pigs that eat greens, not grains, have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.” Looks like we know what we’ll be cooking with tonight.
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!