Drinking warm lard said to have health benefits, researchers say

A cup of lard rendered from pork belly

OK, there are no researchers who claim that drinking lard is healthy. I totally made that up after reading the latest tea-health-benefit story claiming that herbal tea has now been found to have health benefits. My first reaction was: This isn’t even the same plant as real, normal tea (Camellia sinensis), the kind used for black, green, white, oolong and all the other kinds of tea. The kind that researchers have said for decades, ever since the tea industry started funding such studies, can promote health, fight cancer, help you lose weight, help you think better, etc. So what is the common theme here? That anything steeped in hot water has health benefits?

You can read the article for yourself, but it basically touts the anti-microbial, antioxidant, anti-tumor and other powers of peppermint, chamomile and hibiscus. Sound familiar? It’s essentially the same stuff said about regular tea. Which leads me to believe that if the world’s lard producers got together and funded a study of how people can be helped by drinking a cup of lard a day, I am absolutely positive they could find something positive to say about it.

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About Don Seiffert

I'm a reporter and writer in the Boston area.
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