All posts tagged: saturated fats

FATS

Twenty first century man dreads fat in a rather irrational way. Contrary to what we have been led to believe by the medical establishment, nutritionists, government authorities and the media – fat is vital to our diet. Without natural fats our body ends up like a bike chain lacking lubrication – scratchy, whinny and sub-optimal. The consumption of natural, traditional fats is vital if our bodies are to absorb the fat soluble vitamins essential for our overall well-being. No natural fat. No nutrients. Fat is the bête noire of twenty-first century man. No wonder – rates of obese people are being seen in levels unknown and unheard of in previous eras. Weight-gain creeps up on the best of us. Few are immune from the curse of the bathroom scales. The most obvious culprit for these modern blights is fat– saturated fat in particular. From a visual point of view this is easy to believe.  Saturated fats, being solid, look like they might just line the arteries and clog the heart-valves. Fat makes us fat. End …

ANIMAL FATS

Animal fats are referred to as saturated fats for the simple reason that they contain, as a percentage, more saturated fats than vegetable oils. In cooler climates – particularly those of northern Europe – saturated animal fats are solid at room temperature not liquid. A saturated fat is a more stable fat meaning that it is less likely to go rancid when exposed to light, oxygen and heat and thus is suitable for frying, roasting and baking. All of the traditional animal fats listed below have been used by populations since time immemorial, unless religious belief required them to abstain from eating one particular animal. In kosher food, for example, the pig is not eaten hence lard is forbidden but goose fat has always been a prized ingredient. In India the Hindu never eats suet and tallow drippings from rendered beef – but they are happy to eat ghee (derived from butter). To the list of animal fats should also be added the oils that derive from fish. For those populations living close to seas, …