Different Paleo Fats
You’ve heard it before — not all fat is the same. There’s good fat on your body, and there’s bad fat. There’s skinny fat and there’s obese fat.
But did you ever think about the different fats that you’re putting into your body…even when you’re on the Paleo diet? You see, nowadays we have a great selection of healthy fats to choose from. We have our staple regulars that include coconut oil, MCT oil, avocados and avocado oil, and grass-fed butter. However, we also have some newer players on the field including duck fat, beef tallow, and pork lard. These animal oils have been around for hundreds of years but are on the rise within the current Paleo-sphere. When you’ve been cooking your favorite Paleo meals for days on end, both your mind and body may start to crave something new. On a taste level, you might find yourself craving something saltier, smokier, even just plain “fattier” than coconut oil or avocado oil. Then there’s the fact that even though you hardly taste the super coconut-iness of the oil in your scrambled eggs, and your broccoli, AND your homemade Paleo brownies…your friends or family just might! Switching up your fat sources can also provide your body with different micronutrients and minerals that it may not usually receive.
Take some time to discover and explore the taste, scent, and nutritional value of the following “newer” culinary fats. They may just inspire you to break out your beautiful new Paleo cookbook and expand your horizons!
Tallow is the fat rendered off of grass-fed animals like beef. It’s a wonderful option to cook items with, especially if you’re ready to switch it up from extra virgin coconut oil. Tallow is a fantastic source of omega 3 fatty acids and also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that promotes healing and acts as an anti-inflammatory. If that wasn’t enough, it also is a valuable source of vitamins A, E, and K. You can store beef tallow for long periods of time in cool dark areas at room temperature. Try tallow the next time you want to cook eggs, try a deep-fry recipe, cooking meat, or even sautéing veggies!
Do you like bacon? Then you just may love pork lard. This fat is a wonderful substitute for butter. Think a grand dollop of pork lard on top of a freshly roasted sweet potato! Pork Lard is wonderful for frying eggs, cooking vegetables, or even cooking other meats! It will provide a delicious flavor to anything that you add it to! Pork Lard is also extremely high in vitamin D, which is essential for hormone balancing and good health. It also contains great levels of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, niacin, thiamin, and vitamin B6, all which are fantastic for maintaining a healthy metabolism and immune system.
Cage-free Duck Fat
If you’re ready for an extremely delicious treat, then look no further than duck fat! It has a deep, rich flavor that is complimentary to almost any food. You don’t need a lot of it to go a long way and you’ll be sure to be satisfied after any meal with this tasty fat! Duck fat is high in healthy linoleic acid, which is essential for healthy cells, calcium absorption, and kidney function. If you’ve never tried it, get a jar of duck fat and roast some potatoes or parsnips in it! You can also cook mushrooms, meats or onions in duck fat and wow everyone at your dinner table.
Now, purchasing these new cooking fats doesn’t have to be hard. Make sure to look for high quality, grass-fed, cage-free sources that don’t add any extra flavorings, colors, or additives to the fat. You can always render the oils yourself from an animal, but if you’re like me (always running from one thing to another) then I suggest the EPIC line of chef-choice animal based oils. They’re from a trusted source, they’re pure, and they’re stable for all your cooking needs.
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