Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Duck Fats Health Benefits

Fat is an essential part of any balanced diet. It provides the body with the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K; which are essential for growth; and contains essential fatty acids which are important in maintaining normal health and body functions.

Although animal fats are often considered to be ‘bad fats’, goose fat is one of the better ones and contains far fewer saturated fats than butter or lard. Goose Fat contains 32.7g Saturated Fat per 100g compared with 54g for Butter and 40.8g for Lard.

Did you know:

Duck fat contains 35.7% saturates, 50.5% monounsaturates (high in linoleic acid) and 13.7% polyunsaturated fats.(which contains Omega-6 and Omega-3 essential oils). This compares to olive oil which is: 75% monounsaturated fat (mostly oleic acid) 13% saturated fat and 10% Omega-6 linoleic acid and 2% Omega-3 linoleic acid.

Duck fat has a higher percentage of mono-unsaturated fat than saturated fat. Mono-unsaturated fats can help to lower levels of blood cholesterol.

Duck fat actually contains a lower percentage of saturated fats than butter and some plant oils such as palm kernel and coconut.

Duck fat has a has a high smoke point, which means you can cook it to very hot temperatures without it smoking or adopting an off flavor. And unlike butter or olive oil, duck fat can be recycled.

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