5. Duck Fat
Like lard, duck fat is high in monounsaturated fats, which make up 50 percent of its total fat content, with saturated fat making up just 14 percent (less than butter). Most of that fat is healthy linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that keeps cells healthy, boosts calcium absorption, and aids in kidney function. Though it’s still used mostly in high-end restaurants, it’s showing up on specialty food store shelves and even some bigger retailers, such as Williams-Sonoma. It can tolerate high cooking temperatures and has a long shelf life, but, like ghee, it has an intense flavor, so it’s not a great all-purpose fat (and, considering the prices it goes for, you wouldn’t want to use it every day, anyway!).
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