Essentially, beef fat.
I had been hearing and reading about all the benefits of beef tallow, yet felt intimidated to make some! I searched the stores high and low but soon realized it’s not a product that I could find readily.
By accident, in making a pot of meat stock, to my surprise made beef tallow in the process! I couldn’t have been more excited! And here’s why I was overjoyed:
An important note on CLA: it also encourages build-up of muscle and prevents weight gain! Now isn’t that awesome! Just make sure to purchase grass-fed beef as even small amounts of processed grains in the feed will eliminate the CLA. That’s right you read correctly, animal fat, in this case beef, is healthy for you and nourishing to your body. Beef fat consists of 50-55% saturated fat, 40% monounsaturated fat, olive oil and avocado oil are monounsaturated fats so it gives you a good idea of the benefits of beef fat, and finally some small amounts of polyunsaturated fats, that you’d find in vegetable oils, always high in omega-6. Saturated fats are very stable and do not go rancid, which is great since vegetable oils are particularly sensitive to rancidity which is a huge contributor to cardiovascular disease.
So why do we need fats? And why is fat quality so important? Fats are important because they provide us with energy and with building blocks for cell membranes and various hormones. Fat also keeps us satiated for a longer period than other foods and are important carriers for fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E & K. This is why our grandmothers always put a ton of butter on their vegetables. They knew what they were doing back then and it would pay us a huge service to go back to those nourishing traditions. Fat quality is important too. It is important to choose fats that are stable, that do not go rancid quickly, that are not put through extensive processing. Trans fats are especially worrisome! So what is a trans fat? Trans fats are formed through an industrial process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oil, which causes the oil to become solid at room temperature. They’re worrisome because they depress the immune system, they have been linked to cancer, heart disease, infertility, eczema, asthma and many neurological conditions. Besides depressing the immune system, they also have a damaging effect on the cardiovascular system, reproductive system, energy metabolism, fat and essential fatty acid metabolism, liver function and cell membranes. Remember that trans fatty acids are often hidden in packaged foods and are also made at home when you use cooking oils that are sensitive to heat.
The best fats are: