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Perfect pie crust today includes lard, which has returned to glory after years of bad publicity

Lard, essential to the human diet for centuries, suffered a wave of bad publicity in recent decades. It's enjoying a sudden rebirth, thanks in large part to pie makers.

Lard was the canary in the coal mine of culinary correctness.

Rendered pig fat was ubiquitous in human diets for centuries. It was used to fry everything from dough to chicken and was an essential ingredient in pie making.

Lard tragically fell from public favor during the Great War on Monounsaturated Fats in the 20th century.

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Progressive trans-fats activists launched a bombardment of bad publicity against animal fats starting in the 1950s, often culled from inaccurate sources.

Everybody loved lard in the 1960s —  yet by the 1980s, nobody dared mention it. 

Humanity's staple foodstuffs were soon caught in the crossfire: Salt, sugar, eggs, butter and wheat were all savaged as unhealthy over the years.

But the times they are a changin'.

Lard has enjoyed a rebirth in recent years thanks largely to a heroic band of pig-fat patriots who withstood the bad-news blitzkrieg.

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Pie makers and pastry chefs never surrendered their right to keep and bear lard.

"The main reason we use lard is because of the flakiness that it gives to our pie crust," Arnold Wilkerson, the owner of Little Pie Co. in New York City, told Fox News Digital.

"We combine a ratio of lard with butter to get its flavor. So that’s the ideal combination of flakiness and flavor."

The Great War on Monounsaturated Fats claimed its most famous victim in 1990, when fast-food giant McDonald’s was forced to stop using delicious beef tallow to cook its fries.

"In the last several decades, however, the tables have turned as health experts have come to new understandings about fat and heart health," food and cooking site Mashed.com reported.

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The site added that "saturated fat from animal sources, including butter and lard, is not quite as bad for our health as previously thought."

Lard, an all-natural product, was often replaced by trans fats — many of which are manmade.

"Trans fat clogs arteries, increasing the risk of heart attacks and deaths," according to the World Health Organization, adding that "trans fat can be found in margarine, vegetable shortening .... and baked goods such as crackers, biscuits and pies."

(Crisco, by the way, notes on its website, "All Crisco shortening products now have 0g trans fat per serving for a more healthful option.")

Lard laughed in the face of culinary cancel culture and kale in 2020, when it landed at No. 8 (eight!) on the list of 100 of "the world's most nutritious foods" published by the BBC.

"A good source of B vitamins and minerals. Pork fat is more unsaturated and healthier than lamb or beef fat," the BBC reported, citing a survey conducted of 1,000 scientists.

The shocking spot in the Top 10 put lard ahead of the queens of greens: broccoli raab (No. 30), kale (No. 31) and fresh spinach (No. 45). 

Moderation remains the best advice, New York nutritionist and author Lauren Harris-Pincus told Fox News Digital.

"Saturated fats are contributions to heart disease, particularly animal fats," said the author of "The Everything Easy Pre-Diabetes Cookbook."

"I would not advise anyone to add more saturated fats to their diets."

She also said, "A little bit of anything never killed anyone. So if you're trying to make the world's best pie crust and it takes a little lard — that's probably OK."

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