Did you know that beef tallow is actually good for you? We’ve been brainwashed to believe that saturated fat can kill us but in fact, fat is a vital component of our health and well being. It’s been a staple in traditional cooking for centuries and has recently made its way back into kitchens.
At the start of the 20th century, before the rise of Crisco and other deadly vegetable oils, and before the masses were deceived by Ancel Keys, tallow was widely used for cooking. Tallow was valued for its stability, taste and affordability.
In fact, there are numerous of health benefits of natural, unrefined saturated fat sources such as tallow fat.
What Is Tallow Fat?
Beef tallow is a rendered form of fat, normally derived from suet – the fat around the kidneys.
To produce beef tallow, the fat is first separated from the other tissues, such as muscle and connective tissue. After straining the liquid fat of impurities, the pure fat cools to room temperature and becomes solid.
Health Benefits of Tallow
- Beef tallow is rich in healthy fatty acids such as palmitoleic acid, saturated fatty acids like palmitic acid and stearic acid, and conjugated linoleic acid.
- Boosts your immune system – Saturated fats help your body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins that support your immune system such as vitamins A, D, E, K, and B1. Tallow is super rich with CLA, a compound associated with strengthening immunity
- Reduces inflammation –Grass-fed tallow contains high levels of Conjugated linoleic acids or CLAs. Studies found that even a mild to moderate consumption of CLAs have been shown to help prevent breast, lung, skin and stomach cancer.
- Great Source of Vitamin A. Grass-fed tallow is an incredible source of vitamin A. Vitamin A plays an essential role in cell production and differentiation, mostly in skin and eye cells.
- Can ward off infections – Palmitoleic acid in beef tallow possesses fantastic antimicrobial properties, which may help to ward off infections.
- Beneficial for the nervous system – tallow is loaded with choline, a nutrient that supports the nervous system. Additionally, the healthy fatty acids in tallow protect nerve cells.
- Helps the body burn fat – Beef tallow has a high concentration of fatty acid called CLA, known for regulating your metabolism, thus leading to fat burns.
- Softer skin – Tallow is similar to our skin sebum on a molecular level, so it’s unbelievably compatible with our skin and absorbs really well. The saturated fat in tallow can nourish your skin’s cell membranes, keeping the skin smooth. It makes a great natural moisturizer!
- Fights free radicals – The saturated fats in beef tallow can make you live longer. The more saturated fat you eat, the more saturated your body’s cell membranes tend to become. Higher levels of cell membrane saturation protect your cells from glycation, oxidation, endotoxin buildup, and more.
- Beef tallow is protective against metastatic breast tumors. Research conducted at The Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy, University of California, School of Medicine, Davis, CA, has shown that “Beef Tallow Increases the Potency of Conjugated Linoleic Acid in the Reduction of Mouse Mammary Tumor Metastasis.”