3 Reasons You Should Be Eating Pastured Lard
1. Lard is high in vitamin D
Here’s the kicker...lard isn’t high in vitamin D UNLESS the pig has access to sunlight because pigs synthesize vitamin D similar to the way humans do - through their skin.
Rest assured, our pigs have access to unlimited sunshine.
With winter coming, vitamin D deficiency is a real problem for those of us living in the tundra.
Eating lard from pastured pigs can be a great source of vitamin D -- which happens to be a great booster for your immune system.
2. Lard is high in saturated fat
I know what you are thinking, “Won’t this clog my arteries and then I’ll die from a heart attack?”
The myth that saturated fat causes heart disease has been proven false numerous times. In fact, studies are now showing eating a diet that contains high quality saturated fats can have protective effects against heart disease.
The Framingham Heart Study began in 1948 and involved some 6,000 people from the town of Framingham, Massachusetts. After 40 years, the director of his study had to admit: “the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person’s serum cholesterol. . . we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least and were the most physically active.”
3. Lard is high in cholesterol.
Yes, I know that scares you, too.
But did you know that cholesterol is used as a healing agent for your body during times of stress or inflammation?
Studies are showing that consuming cholesterol doesn't carry a cause-and-effect relationship with blood cholesterol levels.
So by eating high quality sources of cholesterol you lessen the burden on your body to produce cholesterol.
Another added benefit is that cholesterol is vital for the production of hormones so by eating lard you can help balance hormones -- which this mama needs!
If I've convinced you that you should take advantage of this awesomeness this is what you'll need to do...
How easy is that?!
We cook all of our potatoes and fish with lard and it makes a beautiful flaky pie crust, just in time for fall!
I hope I helped clear up any confusion about lard and when the butcher asks if you'd like your lard you say "yes, please!" :)