Paleo and other whole-foods diets embrace nutrient-density and sustainability, which means using high-quality fats that retain some nutritional value after processing. Usually, this means oils that are minimally processed and made from the most nutrient-dense plants or animals. Animal fats get extra points for sustainability because you can make them yourself using the fat trimmed from the meat you buy or by saving a skillet of bacon grease for later use!
COOKING FATS AND SMOKE POINT
As a general rule, heat cooking fats to no more than 5-10 degrees below their smoke points.
- Bacon Grease (370F)
- Cocoa Butter (370F) – Not AIP
- Coconut Oil (Unrefined: 350F, Refined: 450F)
- Duck Fat (370F)
- Ghee (Unrefined: 300F, Refined: 480F) – Not AIP
- Lard (370F)
- Palm Oil/Shortening (450F)
- Schmaltz (370F)
- Tallow (400F)
Cold-use fats are great for adding to smoothies, salad dressings, and other condiments, or for any other use that does not involve heat.
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