The Fat Controversy
Our not-so-distant ancestors butchered their own livestock and utilized everything from nose to tail. Cow fat, for example was rendered, purified and made into candles, soaps and skin balms.
Unfortunately, the 1950’s brought about a decline in animal fat use in favor of low fat, highly-refined, vegetable oils due in part to a study done by Ancel Keys titled, "Role of Dietary Fat In Human Nutrition". This study was promoted by leading agricultural giants which sought to profit from the low cost of producing these oils.
Because of a calculated marketing plan, vegetable oil producers were able to change public perception of fats. While this low fat idea became popular, studies repeatedly showed how essential fats are for the brain, skin and diet. The Skinny on Fats wonderfully outlines the history and function of fats as well as the Lipid Hypothesis.
Fats are Essential
Fats are the building blocks for every cell membrane in the body, provide energy, help us absorb minerals, carry a wealth of vitamins. Beef fat, otherwise known as tallow, resists rancidity and is shelf-stable making it an ideal choice for cooking AND skincare.
Healthy Fats like Grass Fed Tallow are Essential for Healthy Skin
Tallow contains the same fats or lipids found in healthy, supple human skin. Lipids are found in abundance in the membrane of every cell in our bodies. They are responsible for the free flowing of materials in and out of our cells.
They are beneficial because they create a protective, yet permeable barrier that prevents infection, maintains moisture, flexibility and structure of the cell.
Tallow is believed to prevent dryness at the cellular level without suffocating the skin's barrier as does petroleum-based lotions.
- • Assists skin in retaining moisture
- • Restores healthy, youthful looking skin
- • Replenishes the building blocks of our cells that decreases with age
The source of tallow is just as important as the tallow itself. Grass-fed tallow contains a wealth of nutrients due its to strict pasture-grazed diet. In contrast, factory-farmed cows are exposed to toxin-filled steroids, artificial hormones and antibiotics.