As many of you know, I've added more fats to my diet, including saturated fats such as coconut oil, lard, butter, poultry fat and tallow. One of the fats I've wanted to try for a while is palm shortening, and Tropical Traditions gave me the opportunity to try their palm shortening and review it, and to give you the chance to try it, too.
Why do we need saturated fat?
Fats are essential to health (fat soluble vitamins cannot be absorbed without them). They are used throughout your body. Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon state in “The Skinny on Fats” that saturated fatty acids make up at least 50% of cell membranes. The influence bone health, heart health, liver health and the immune system. (I encourage you to visit the site and read the entire article.) In short, by avoiding healthy, minimally processed saturated fats, we've been short changing our bodies of the building blocks they need to be healthy. [Read more…]