Despite the fact that there is quite a lot of information of various kinds about such a product as lard, disputes about its harm and benefits have not subsided to this day. There are both opponents of its consumption, and supporters.
Pork fat has long been widely used not only in cooking, but also in alternative medicine. There are countries in which fat is designated as a “folk product” to which “glory and honor.” There are a lot of rumors around him and myths have been created that we tend to believe in to this day.
So here are the most common ones:
According to competent nutritionists, lard is rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, E and D, as well as arachidonic acid, which belongs to the omega-6 unsaturated fats and is one of the essential fatty acids. Arachidonic acid helps the body fight viruses and bacteria. Another useful element in the composition of fat is selenium, which is a powerful natural antioxidant. In addition, fat is rich in minerals (aluminum, boron, bromine, iron, iodine, potassium, calcium, silicon, fluorine, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, sodium, sulfur, phosphorus, chlorine, chromium) and vitamins (B1, B2, B3 , B4, B6, B8, B9, B12, B13, B15, C, H, PP and K).
Nevertheless, fat should be used with caution in people who are overweight and have high cholesterol.