Animal fat may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to a kitchen staple but read on to see why you should reach out for a jar on your next shop. With numerous health benefits and countless uses it is nutritious as it is versatile.
- Tallow has been used in kitchens for generations as a natural bi-product of meat with a high smoke point.
- Tallow is also a bio-available fat to the body with less saturated fats than refined vegetable oils and full of vitamins and omega 3s.
With our modern society, obsessed with the size zero there is no surprise in the ongoing demand for low fat and no fat food products. However, the nature of these diet food products, has led to a proliferation of products which replace fat and naturally occurring sugars with artificial additives and sweeteners.
It's time to say no to artificial additives and processed food. Fat is your friend, not your foe and is an important food group to a well balanced diet.
You will often hear people fondly remember back to their grandmothers home kitchen, from a time before fat was demonised and replaced with margarine and refined oils, where the fridge was always stocked with butter, lard, dripping and tallow.
According to a 2008 report in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, US dietary guidelines which recommend lowering fat intake have been counted as a cause for the rise in obesity. This movement away from fat has meant a decrease in the intake of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, which help support your immune system and the intake of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) which studies have shown to help burn fat.
Try swapping margarine for grass-fed butter like Kerry Gold, try cooking and frying with Tallow and Ghee (clarified butter) instead of refined vegetable oils and reap the benefits all natural fat has to offer.