If you use shortening or oil for cooking you might want to check out this article that explains why you should eat lard. Our grandparents for the most part probably ate lard. I know mine did. I was still using lard not all that long ago. Then they started telling us how bad it was and how it clogged our arteries and we were steered towards Crisco and other shortenings and then on to cooking oils.
Now the trend seems to be towards plant based oils like coconut and olive oils. While I don’t think coconut and olive oil are bad for us I do this Weed Em And Reap has the right idea in that our bodies need lard. They explain why we need to eat it and I believe they are totally right in their reasoning. Aside from the health aspects of eating it, it is really great to cook and bake with. Pie crust turns out the absolute best when you use lard. Fried foods have the best flavor.
Re-fried beans taste at least 80 percent better when they are made with real lard. You don’t want lard that has been hydrogenated so you will need to search to find organic lard, but they do provide a link in the article so you can buy some online.