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Nutrition Info: Calories in Lard

Posted on | May 12, 2011 | 4 Comments

"Wet" Lard - Yuck!

"Wet" Lard - Yuck!

What is Lard? Lard is pig fat.  It can be used ‘wet’ and looks similar to butter and is often used in pastries or it can be used in a ‘dry’ form that is similar to crackling on a pork roast.

Why is it used? It’s used for cooking, frying, is popular in baking and pastries and for most Singaporeans, is used to add more flavour to their meals!

Is it unhealthy? YES.  It’s loaded with saturated and trans fats which can increase cholesterol and promote heart problems.

Why the concern? It’s use in Singaporean hawker centre foods is almost 100%.  It’s added to just about everything and then probably cooked in it too. It’s the equivalent of putting 3 – 4 big dollops of butter / margarine on every meal.  It’s unhealthy for you and also could be an easy way to gain weight.

Calories in 1 tablespoon of Lard  (12g)

  • Energy: 115 calories
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Carbs: 0 g
  • Fat: 12.8 g

Lard has no nutritional benefit – just pure fat.  And unless you are a pig (as in the animal) you should have no reason to ever have/use/need lard.  Assume in every local meal there is AT LEAST 1 TABLESPOON in every meal.  If you asked for no lard every day, you would consume nearly 300 less calories per day!

If you are a Singaporean / Malaysian please repeat after me:  “NO LARD”.  Just get used to asking for no lard every time you order a meal.

This is an easy and effective way to make a small change that will bring big benefits.

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4 Responses to “Nutrition Info: Calories in Lard”

  1. guhelocin
    May 12th, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    WOW….I didn’t know that….I definitely have to watch out for that one! Do even those stalls that sell different types of vegetables use lard to cook their veggies?


  2. Health Guru
    May 12th, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    I think you’re talking about Yong Tau Fu stalls! The broth still may contain some fat, but generally that is the healthiest choice you can make. Lard is normally in the noodle based fried dishes and thick gravies. If it looks shiny then it most probably contains lard.

  3. Health Guru
    May 12th, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    I also forgot to mention that some of the items you can choose in the Yong Tau Fu stalls have been pre-fried in lard (wantons, tofu etc) – so choosing the fresh vegetables is always the best.

  4. lazarus
    May 12th, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

    1) Lard in pure form has NO TRANS FAT.

    2) If you don’t want Lard, the alternative is usually cheap vegetable oil to cook your food. Vegetable oil are hydrogenated and they are packed with trans fat.

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