I used to be able to buy jars of schmaltz at almost any chain grocery store. However, in the past 10-15 years, schmaltz disappeared from all their shelves. As a result, whenever I needed some schmaltz, I have to render it from chicken skin myself. Unfortunately, that means that I have to eat a lot of skinless/tasteless chickens!
Now animal fats are almost as harmful for the heart as olive oil (see technical summary below), I want to know where can I buy some good tasty schmaltz.
A new study published today, 18 March, in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that current evidence does not support guidelines restricting consumption of saturated fatty acid (lard, butter, schmaltz, duck fat, palm oil etc) to reduce coronary risk nor does it support high consumption of polyunsaturated fats such as omega 3 or omega 6 (olive oil, safflower oil, fish oil etc) to reduce coronary heart disease.
Basically, an international research collaboration led by the University of Cambridge analyzed data from 72 studies with over 600,000 participants from 18 countries. They found that level of total saturated fatty acid, whether measured in the diet or in the bloodstream as a biomarker, was not associated with coronary disease risk. Similarly, when analysing the studies that involved assessments of the consumption of total monounsaturated fatty acids, long-chain omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, there were no significant associations between consumption and cardiovascular risk reduction.
Journal Reference : Rajiv Chowdhury et al. Association of Dietary, Circulating, and Supplement Fatty Acids With Coronary Risk. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2014; 160 (6): 398-406. (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articl...)