Lard bibimbap, lard stir-fry, lard Yangchun noodles… Add a little lard when cooking, and the taste of the rice will be instantly sublimated. Especially in the era of material scarcity in the past, a plate of lard residue can simply be called “the delicacy of the world”. However, with the improvement of living standards, healthy diets have received more and more attention, and lard has also carried a “unhealthy” reputation.
In life, many people use various cooking oils in the process of cooking food. Edible oils include vegetable oils and animal oils, which can make the oily aroma of food more pronounced after use. Of course, the correct use of edible oil can also be rich in nutrients. Therefore, we should develop good eating habits in our lives, so as to better help our body get enough nutrients and help us better maintain our health. As for the “delicious” food such as lard, many people have heard that long-term intake of lard may cause cardiovascular disease. Therefore, they believe that lard is harmful to the human body and not beneficial. Is this true?
From a health perspective, pork contains a lot of saturated fat. Long-term intake can lead to obesity and can lead to loss of cell elasticity, loss of arterial wall elasticity, and even the development of atherosclerosis. This arterial change is indeed a high risk factor for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. This is also due to the fact that lard contains about 40% saturated fatty acids. Saturated fatty acids are not easily decomposed and used by the human body, and are easily stored in the body as fat. Excessive consumption of lard can easily lead to obesity.
In addition, too much cholesterol and saturated fatty acids in lard enter the human body and are easily deposited on the arterial wall, which may cause Cardiovascular-related diseases. However, the number of patients with hypertension, hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia did not decrease even during the period of no lard consumption, but instead showed an upward trend. Therefore, it is not lard that causes these cardiovascular problems, but an unreasonable diet.
A spoonful of lard equals five medicines? What are the health benefits of eating lard in moderation
1. Increase appetite
The flavor of lard compared to other oils when cooking It is more unique, especially if you put a little in the fried dishes, the flavor will be more delicious than without the lard. This is because cooking food with lard adds to the aroma of the original food; if you have a bad appetite, frying it with pork can help appetizers and provide nutrition.
Often eat lard Can relieve constipation. When constipation occurs, people experience difficulty in bowel movements, causing toxins and waste to accumulate in the body, which is harmful to health. Eating lard can moisturize the intestines, better help defecation, help to discharge in time, reduce the residue of toxins in the body, and at the same time have a certain weight loss effect to ensure good health. In traditional Chinese medicine, there are also some studies on lard, which can help relieve the bad phenomenon of defecation, and also has a good effect on the treatment of intractable constipation.
3. It is not easy to produce harmful substances during cooking
Use correctly The benefit of lard is to reduce the quality of harmful substances produced in the process of cooking food, thereby promoting health. Because lard has a high smoke point, it is suitable for cooking. When the oil temperature is suitable and not too high, food flavors can be added. Compared with other edible oils, lard has high thermal stability and is not easy to produce oily fumes when heated. If other inferior and unsafe cooking oils are used regularly, harmful substances may be produced after contact with food.
However, although eating lard has certain benefits for our health, it should be done in moderation. Excessive intake of lard is not good for our health.
It is important to control the amount of oil used for healthy use
In the “Dietary Guidelines for Chinese Residents” It is suggested that our daily average fuel consumption should be controlled within 30g. It is worth reminding that we cannot go to extremes when it comes to controlling cooking oil use. Abstaining from eating fats and oils at all can affect the absorption of vitamin A and vitamin E in the body, but it can pose a health risk.
In addition, there are many friends who are accustomed to adding more oil when cooking, they think the fried dishes taste better in this way. At the same time, there are many older people who think that the more oil, the more supplements, but this view has long been overturned. Regular intake of too much oil increases the risk of obesity. In addition to cooking oil, we should also pay attention to controlling the intake of high-fat foods, so that it is more beneficial to our health.
In conclusion, lard is safe to eat. But remember to follow the principle of moderation. This is because excessive intake of lard can also have an impact on our health, and besides, there are good and bad sides to any kind of oil. We should eat from a scientific point of view and choose a healthy and reasonable way to eat.
In addition, Chinese people have always liked cooking with heavy oil and salt. However, eating too much salt and oil is bad for your health. Especially for some middle-aged and elderly people, lard can be eaten once or twice occasionally, and eating too much will have adverse effects on our health. Therefore, we should learn to choose and control the oil, use vegetable oil as much as possible, control the daily oil consumption, avoid exceeding the standard, and use oil in a healthy way.