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The power of lard

There was this great article on Slate the other day about how the war on fat has been pretty stupid and pointless and probably destructive. Then I read a crappy article on CNN about how junk food is addictive because of all the terrible fat. I was pretty miffed until I read the comments which for once were all calling out the study for being a crock of shit since the foods used were also high sugar. So for once in my life, I was all "Yeah! Way to go internet comments!" Things like that make me think we're closer to a reversal on thinking about fat.

However I still get chafed seeing things like Jamie Oliver's "scared straight" tactic of dumping a dumptruck full of animal at the feet of elementary school parents and exhorting them to think of what they are doing to their children with all the saturated fat. First off, animal fat is not 100% saturated. Saturated fat isn't even the majority fatty acid in lard; it's got more monounsaturated fat in it. Monounsaturated fat is "heart healthy" which is why olive oil is usually touted as the replacement for cooking. But olive oil also contains saturated fat(!), not much less than chicken fat actually. Yet chicken skin is supposed to be "bad" for you and hence all the pinch-faced advice to eat "boneless, skinless chicken breasts". Boring.


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Apr. 2nd, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
I picked up Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient last weekend and have been working through it in my brief amounts of spare time.

Of course, I think that because it reinforces my own opinion which is so similar to your own. A friend was over the other night and I recommended she read the introduction. When she refused, citing that she had too much fat in her life as it is, I found myself becoming defensive. It's hard being a food evangelist in America. Especially when you face 40 years of anti-science political rhetoric.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
That one is on my list! I have an unofficial boycott against Canadian bookstores, but I am going to pick it up the next time I am in the US.
Apr. 6th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
What is wrong with Canadian bookstores? Are the prices too high? Or is it just that they all are tiny and mediocre?
Apr. 7th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Too expensive, nothing's on sale unless it's crap to begin with. I find even the used bookstores charge too much. And Amazon.ca sucks compared to .com which now charges too much for shipping and export fees. So I use the library for everything now.
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