Reported Tallow Benefits
Tallow.... more in depth
However, tallow all but disappeared from health conscious people’s kitchens during the 20th century’s low-fat boom.
In recent years, tallow has started to grow in popularity once more following movements such as the paleo/keto diet.
Lets review the reported benefit claims of tallow.
What Is Beef Tallow? A Block of Beef Tallow.
First of all, tallow refers to the rendered fat of an animal, most commonly beef or mutton fat.
Here, we will focus specifically on beef tallow.
History...Alongside lard, tallow was a common cooking fat at the start of the 20th century.
However, with the introduction of the trans-fat laden Crisco in 1911 came a marketing campaign that pitted this vegetable shortening as a healthier option than animal fats.
Over the next century, as health campaigns warned against the harms of cholesterol (and later: saturated fat), animal fats fell out of popularity.
Recent PopularityTallow has grown in popularity over the past decade thanks to the rise of dietary movements that focus on traditional foods, such as the paleo/Keto diet.
Beef tallow is a pure source of fat and does not contain carbohydrate or protein.
The fat content is primarily a mix of saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids.
Vitamins and Minerals; Beef tallow is a source of vitamins D and E, and it also contains trace amounts of selenium.
Generally speaking, tallow from cows raised on pasture will contain higher amounts of vitamins.
Beef tallow is a significant source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
CLA is a kind of naturally-occurring trans fat, and research suggests it may have some beneficial impacts on human health.
First of all, it is important to note that there is a difference between CLA and artificial trans fats, which are associated with numerous health problems.
Specifically relating to CLA, some research suggests that the compound may potentially enhance weight loss.
Most of the potential concerns people have about tallow come from its saturated fat content.
Some people believe that because tallow is high in saturated fat, it may increase LDL-cholesterol concentrations, and raise the risk for cardiovascular disease.
However, it is worth noting that recent research has shown that much of the purported “dangers” of saturated fat have been overplayed.
What Does Recent Research Say About Saturated Fat?One recent systematic review of observational studies found that saturated fats are “not associated with cardiovascular events or all-cause mortality”. With more recent studies, it seems that saturated fat isn’t quite the dietary demon as was previously thought.