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Coconut oil has medium chain triglycerides which can readily cross the blood brain barrier. So basically, it is direct food for your brain (theres a little more complexity to it, but thats really what it comes down to). Also it tastes amazing!
And lard is really great also, deffinitely cheaper but it doesn't have any of the medium chain triglycerides.
I personally use refined coconut oil (even though Mark recommends against it) as it imparts no flavor and its smoke point is higher. If you use olive oil for cooking make sure you use the refined variety as well. Heating an oil beyond its smoke point denatures it causing it to become unhealthy.
Use extra virgin olive oil for drizzle. I personally use extra virgin coconut oil as a food supplement and don't cook with it.
Is your cave located in Minnesota? Join the "Paleo Friends - Minnesota" group on Facebook. We can always use Paleo friendly restaurant finds and tips.
WHAT!!!!! Lard is hydrogenated?????
I have been buying Lard since starting Primal and consuming a lot of it
I have checked the label, its states its ingredients are pork fat but does not state how it is rendered.
How do you know if its hydrogenated???