Duck Fat Nutrition
Rendered duck fat tastes AMAZING and is great for sautéing or roasting savory veggies and meats in! However, you can also reap some health benefits from duck fat as well.
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1– Duck fat contains 36% saturated fats.
As we now know, saturated fats are beneficial fats, necessary for so many functions in the body. According to Nutritional Therapy Guidelines, approximately 30% of your fat intake should include healthy saturated fats (these numbers vary based on bio-individual needs).
- Provides energy
- Makes up cell membranes
- Are necessary for healthy liver function
- Are required in order to absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K
- Helps to protect the organs
- Are needed for proper hormone formation and balance
- Are imperative to managing inflammation in the body
2– Duck fat also contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA).
Duck fat contains more linoleic acid than chicken and turkey, both of which tend to be higher in polyunsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats should only be about 10% of our fat intake. There are awesome benefits to consuming natural CLA from pastured animals. CLA is considered a healthy trans fat (not like factory produced ones), that actually helps with weight loss, and has been shown to ward off both diabetes and cancer!
According to Chris Kresser:
“CLA may also be helpful in preventing the development and improving the management of type II diabetes. In rats, CLA has been shown to improve glucose tolerance and skeletal muscle insulin action. Research has also demonstrated that CLA may reduce hyperinsulinemia by increasing the production of adiponectin, a hormone that can lead to enhanced insulin action and improve insulin sensitivity.
CLA has even been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, in both experimental and case control studies. It appears to work primarily by blocking the growth and metastatic spread of tumors, controlling the cell cycle, and by reducing inflammation. CLA is able to interrupt the omega-6 PUFA metabolic pathway for the synthesis of eicosanoids, preventing the inflammatory processes that promote cancer development.” -READ MORE
3– Duck fat is also high in monounsaturated fats (approx 50%), and is more similar to olive oil than it is to beef fat or butter.
According to Nutritional Therapy guidelines, 60% of our fat intake should contain monounsaturated fats. Therefore duck-fat meets both our saturated and monounsaturated fat needs, in one delicious fat, with the added bonus of linoleic acid!
What more could we ask for in a fat?
The best part though…did I mention it tastes amazing?
Next time try sautéing your favorite veggies in duck fat. You can reap the health benefits and enjoy savory rich flavor!
Check out our delicious duck dishes: