Let's get something straight right from the get go. Shortening and lard are nothing alike. Lard is a natural fat while the other one is an unnatural man-made fat. It is genetically modified, ( GMO )!
While lard helps you to lose weight, the other one will make you gain weight! Not only will it make you gain weight, but given the fact that it's unnatural results in the body having a difficult time trying to process it and therefore it just sits in the body making you toxic.
Toxins not only cause your body to retain fluids but they also cause inflammation which leads to many illnesses. As matter of fact, inflammation is the leading cause of all diseases!
So even though the two fats may look alike, they're totally different.
Quite a few years ago shortening got substituted for saturated fat because it was believed that saturated fat was causing cardiovascular disease.
This has been since proven to be wrong. Not only does saturated fat not cause cardiovascular disease, but it is extremely healthy. natural fat not only promotes weight loss, but also provides the body with some very essential vitamins and minerals.
This oil is a partially hydrogenated oil. It is a trans fat. Trans fats clog the arteries causing cardiovascular disease as well as body wide inflammation.
Inflammation is also the cause of other diseases such as cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis, bowel disease, arthritis and asthma! Inflammation also causes premature aging.
Margarine which is another partially hydrogenated oil also causes inflammation. For more on margarine just click on the link.
This unhealthy and unnatural oil can be produced from soybean, rapeseed ( canola oil ), corn, sunflower, safflower or peanut. Usually low quality at that!
These oils then go through a process of extraction in a very unnatural way. The oil then goes through an hydrogenation process turning it into a solid fat.
It is totally unnatural and should never be eaten! Healthy natural oils are oils such as coconut oil, avocado oil, butter, ghee and olive oil. For more on these healthy weight loss oils just click on the links.
Avoid unnatural partially hydrogenated oils. They cause inflammation which lead to many diseases and they are responsible for slowing the metabolism resulting in weight gain!
Stick to natural oils which are dense in essential nutrients. They also help the body to absorb all the nutrients from your fruits and vegetables that you eat and they promote weight loss!