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Lard is an animal fat produced by rendering the fat portions of a pig.  Due to concerns associated with saturated fats and cholesterol, many people have discontinued the use of lard in any of their recipes and opted for shortening, butter or oil alternatives.  Most true Southern cooks will swear that you can only make good flaky biscuits and cornbread by using lard.  Lard does not contain any trans fats.