We’re pretty sure the word is getting around that fat doesn’t make you fat, and that the real culprits are refined sugars and other simple carbohydrates. And, there is now increasing evidence that the original observational studies from the 1950s, in which saturated fats were identified as a contributing factor to higher rates of heart disease, may not be supported by current scientific studies and trials. (ii)
In any case, even if, for whatever reason, you are looking to cut back on your intake of saturated fats, we think duck fat is the best choice there is. It’s made up of mostly monounsaturated fats (51%), which means it is closer to olive oil than other fats, such as butter. Duck fat is also high in linoleic acid, an essential (not produced by the human body and must be consumed) Omega-6 fatty acid, and polyunsaturated fat (14%) that significantly enhances your body’s ability to repair and strengthen cells. Duck fat may also benefit your metabolism, protect against heart disease, maintain healthy hormone levels, pump fat-soluble nutrients through your body and improve your vitamin absorption. Research suggests it’s better for your bones, muscles, mind, immune system, and heart than other types of cooking oils and fats.
We would also like to note that many of the plant oils you eat every day, including olive oil, are often found to be counterfeit or adulterated in some way. In fact, some studies indicate that somewhere between 75-80% of the “olive oil” consumed in the United States is fraudulent. Here is a great article with links to multiple sources that discusses the problem with olive oil (iii).
Moreover, unlike other more widely used cooking oils with a higher proportion of polyunsaturated fats, duck fat is less susceptible to breaking down during the cooking process into lipid oxidation products, which are harmful compounds associated with cytotoxicity and heart disease. This is due to the higher ratio of saturated and monounsaturated fats to polyunsaturated fats, which also preserves its flavor.
But don’t take our word for it. See the links below to learn more about the health benefits of using duck fat in your kitchen:
WebMD - Duck Fat: Is It Good For you? - September 25, 2020
Duck Fat is a Healthy Alternative to Butter
How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat
Beyond the Packaging: Duck Fat