Lard and Cigarettes

Monday, March 5, 2012

NPR recently ran a great story, “Who Killed Lard?” From the story:

“It seems funny,” Silver says, “but for thousands of years this was the thing that people cooked with.

A century ago, lard was in every American pantry and fryer. These days, lard is an insult.

“The word lard has become this generally derogatory term associated with fat and disgustingness,” says Dan Pashman who hosts a food podcast called The Sporkful. “Think about Lard-ass, the character from the movie Stand By Me. I mean, he didn’t want to be called Lard-ass.”

How did this delicious, all-natural fat from a pig become an insult? Who killed lard?

Last year, Food & Wine published a piece, “Lard: The New Health Food?” Lard, which is rendered pork fat (or bacon butter), is still used in traditional cultures that haven’t been held captive by a government food pyramid. (However, be aware to not buy supermarket lard because it is all hydrogenated.) To quote an article in The Guardian:

Assaulted by food company propaganda and disillusioned by decades of conflicting advice, many people are returning to diets unsullied by fads and dogma. That lard is both “healthier” than butter and yet so despised shows the empty logic of the standard position. The fat amply qualifies as “real food”, that definition popularised by Michael Pollan as “the sort of food our great grandmothers would recognise as food”. Indeed, its history and heritage make it seem more valuable than ever when you consider what the lard hath given.

Instead, Crisco and assorted industrial oils were created in a lab, and now, subsidized products made of soybean oil, fully hydrogenated oils, and partially hydrogenated oils have become the “heart healthy” choices as so declared by the Big Food-Big Agra corporate-socialist oligarchy.

Along the same lines, it is funny to watch the FDA and state governments go nuts over the popularity of e-cigarettes. A half a dozen states are introducing e-cigarette bans, and special taxes and Internet bans are being proposed. Additionally, e-cigarettes aren’t subject to the government tobacco taxes, and they come in flavors, making them “tasty” to some folks. The same FDA that brought us aspartame – along with Donald Rumsfeld – is said to be “moving expeditiously to propose e-cigarette regulations.”

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2 Responses to Lard and Cigarettes

  1. Bob Wallace says:

    March 6th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    In college my roommates would throw fits when I’d eat an entire stick of butter in front of them. I told them it was good for me — and them. They never took me up on the challenge.

  2. Dave says:

    March 13th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I save the fat from the small amount of bacon I eat, filter it and use it for cooking. Bacon fat makes outstanding pie crusts. It’s also good for adding flavor to things such as fajitas. I never use hydrogenated oils. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever purchased anything like crisco. I have searched far and wide for actual lard in the grocery stores, but without success. The closest I can find is lard mixed with hydrogenated oil.

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