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pork belly VS lard

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 06, 2011 at 2:23 PM

hi, new to this and my first question :)

i hear a lot of people saying that eating pork belly (with its fat) daily/regularly makes them feel "happy". i'm assuming it's the fatty acids in the pork belly eventually making its way to provide good fat for the brain to function on. but has anyone tried a daily/regular intake of rendered pork leaf lard instead and have gotten the same "happy" mood? has anyone here tried each for a period of time and switched?

i used to try to eat pork belly every morning. and i did feel a little different. but shortly i switched to eating all organ meats in every meal (lots more B vitamins and certain minerals), i switched to lard. haven't started to feel the "happy" result as much; however, i do have concurrent health problems at the moment.

so can anyone share any of their own experiences or research? thx :)

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on April 25, 2012
at 08:02 AM

Coconut butter is commonly sold as creamed coconut in little cardboard packets in regular grocery stores.

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on October 08, 2011
at 05:38 PM

No, they're two different products. The oil you cook with (and is thin and looks like an oil), the butter is actually the coconut meat w/ a bit of oil turned into something similar in texture to butter or a nut butter.

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on October 07, 2011
at 11:22 AM

Well, the leaf fat is supposed to make the best lard, so I'd guess there's some difference in composition, but I don't know what it is. Could be less cartilage and meat fiber running through it, or less moisture that has to be cooked out; hard to say.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

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on October 06, 2011
at 11:15 PM

You'll have to forgive my ignorance but I thought coconut oil & butter were one in the same. In fact the brand of coconut oil I buy has butter written in brackets after oil i.e. ACME Coconut Oil (Butter)

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on October 06, 2011
at 04:41 PM

i especially enjoyed the skin on the belly :)

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at 04:40 PM

i guess i was really wondering if there's a difference between lard from belly (which is the pork belly stuff) and lard from leaf-lard (which is the mass of fat from on top of pork kidneys). if they were somehow different in composition that they affect the brain differently. but it's true, better tasting food makes happy :)

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at 02:46 PM

Are they not just happy because they are eating pork belly? It is quite enjoyable.

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on October 06, 2011
at 10:43 PM

Pork belly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork_belly

Lard:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lard

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on October 06, 2011
at 03:06 PM

I usually use lard (or sometimes the fat that cooks off of bacon, which is pretty much the same thing) to cook my eggs in the morning, but occasionally I'll run low and end up using butter. Can't say I've ever noticed a difference in mood, but as much as I like butter, I prefer the taste of eggs cooked in lard. So I guess better tasting food could make me a little happier.

9dd4d453f7ebd7fd2a82814d08fc8f17

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on October 06, 2011
at 04:40 PM

i guess i was really wondering if there's a difference between lard from belly (which is the pork belly stuff) and lard from leaf-lard (which is the mass of fat from on top of pork kidneys). if they were somehow different in composition that they affect the brain differently. but it's true, better tasting food makes happy :)

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

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on October 07, 2011
at 11:22 AM

Well, the leaf fat is supposed to make the best lard, so I'd guess there's some difference in composition, but I don't know what it is. Could be less cartilage and meat fiber running through it, or less moisture that has to be cooked out; hard to say.

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F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

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on October 06, 2011
at 08:20 PM

I don't find that happening with pork belly or lard.

However, I do notice it happening with coconut oil. I'll actually warm up a 3-1 ratio of coconut oil to coconut butter and down it like a shot in the morning. I find that the cbutter helps with palatability, but I definitely notice a difference in mood and energy.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

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on October 06, 2011
at 11:15 PM

You'll have to forgive my ignorance but I thought coconut oil & butter were one in the same. In fact the brand of coconut oil I buy has butter written in brackets after oil i.e. ACME Coconut Oil (Butter)

F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

(1639)

on October 08, 2011
at 05:38 PM

No, they're two different products. The oil you cook with (and is thin and looks like an oil), the butter is actually the coconut meat w/ a bit of oil turned into something similar in texture to butter or a nut butter.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

(1423)

on April 25, 2012
at 08:02 AM

Coconut butter is commonly sold as creamed coconut in little cardboard packets in regular grocery stores.

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