Is It Healthy to Cook With Lard? Experts Say It Depends on What You’re Making

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Photo credit: Maximilian Stock Ltd.

From Prevention

Lard brings to mind traditional meals like flaky pie crusts and fresh Mexican tamales. For many people, it’s also associated with negative health effects such as heart disease, which is why lard has fallen out of favor over the last few decades. But what exactly is lard and is it ever the healthier choice?

What is lard and how is it used?

Ever cooked bacon and saved the grease for something else? Well, then, you’re familiar with lard! Lard is rendered pork fat, which has been strained for a smooth, white fat.

Although it’s not unheard of to spread it on toast like butter, lard is mostly used for cooking. Lard is a star ingredient in some regional and cultural cuisines. It’s used in Latin cuisine to give foods like refried beans, tamales, and empanadas a delicious melt-in-your-mouth texture. Lard is also

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