The use of lard on a daily basis is a common cause of dispute among many nutritionists. Some consider lard as a source of fat which should be consumed very little — especially by those prone to obesity. However, their opponents stress the many beneficial and unique effects of lard on the human body. Both are right. Most things are okay in moderation and the consumption of lard is no exception.
Concerning moderation: 100 grams of lard contains about 840 calories. The daily recommendation for an adult male is 8-12 grams of lard and you shouldn’t eat more than 100 grams per week.
The most beneficial lard is the type that’s salted and marinated with pepper and garlic. You should refrain from eating fried, boiled, and smoked lard, as well as lard that has a yellow surface. These types of lard have a lower amount of helpful nutrients. Look for exceptionally white and soft lard without any connective tissue or streaks. The presence of meat and lard together (bacon, for instance) is a far more dangerous combination as it deposits fats into the body, while a sandwich made from lard and quality bread is traditionally considered much healthier.
Lard contains only fats, but the ratio of polyunsaturated, saturated, and monounsaturated fatty acids is fairly balanced. A small piece of lard can satisfy your hunger if eaten on an empty stomach, and its slow consumption of energy can provide strength for long and productive work.
Lard contains the following nutrients:
- vitamins A, E, D and F
- microelements/minerals (selenium and zinc)
- fatty acids (arachidonic, palmitic, oleic, stearic linoleic and linolenic)
The combination of these substances indicates that moderate consumption of lard can prevent:
- lung disease
- liver disease
- atherosclerosis disease
- excretion of bile, cholesterol, toxins and heavy metals from the body
- immunity and general health
- increased brain function
- stronger cell membranes.
Over-consumption of lard can cause obesity and cardiovascular diseases. You should pay particular attention to this product if you have gastrointestinal disorders.
A small portion of lard digests well in the healthy body (as pig fat melts well at body temperature), but it can be very difficult to digest if there are disturbances in your gastrointestinal tract.