In the past, pig fat was a common type of food. But now they are believed to be the culprit leading to a higher risk of steatohepatitis, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, etc. So, is pig fat really that bad for our health?
According to nutritionists, every day, the body requires 5 basic nutrients, which are protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamin and minerals. Our diet needs to be balanced and includes all of these nutrients. Fatty meat, if well-processed, will be a fine source of fat and provide a high level of calories for the body. Furthermore, fatty meat contains lecithin and cholesterol – substances the body needs.
Apart from that, pig fat also participates in forming the nervous cell membranes while vegetable oils do not have this function for they are extracted from beans and fruits like olives, coconuts, peanuts and soybeans. Lacking nervous cell membranes can affect not only the nervous system but also our vision.
Not consuming fat for a long period of time will cause the body to have difficulty in absorbing other nutrients, leading to a lack of Vitamin A, an increased risk of bone-related diseases, hormonal imbalance, body weakening and an increased risk of myocardial infarction.
That is why housewives nowadays should supplement pig fat into meals based on a balanced diet and maintain a diverse menu, incorporating all the food groups. People in the age group of 50s should limit their oil and fat consumption; however, for children, pig fat plays a vital role in their physical development and contributes to preventing myopia.
In some cases, pig fat is prescribed to be suitable for people diagnosed with anemia, malnutrition, hair fatigue, constipation, etc., and women after child-bearing.
Using animal fat with an appropriate amount for each age group and development stage brings particular health benefits for the consumers.