Fancy some Pork Lard?

So the other day I was munching on some cookies.
Plaza del Sol Cinnamon Hearts imported from Spain, for the record.
After eating 3 or 4 of these small cookies, my eyes wandered over to the list of ingredients on the box.
And what is listed as third ingredient ? Pork Lard.
In a panic, I looked up "pork lard", and although I already could have told you what it is if I weren't in a state of shock, to my horror I read that it's... pig fat. Right off the pig. "Lard can be obtained from any part of the pig as long as there is a high concentration of fatty tissue", Wikipedia says.
I was munching on pig fat.
I WAS MUNCHING ON PIG FAT!!!

It's like if you cut off the fat from your body and cooked it up into your food. You're eating the fat from a creature's body. And in your cookies.
How SICK is this?! Why mix PIG FAT into innocent little cookies?! 

I felt like throwing up. I felt like the world had tricked me!



Now doesn't this just look DELICIOUS? Is your mouth watering at the sight of these blobby lumps of FAT? YUM!

I was quite shocked and traumatized from this whole experience, as you can probably tell.
And I'll definitely be checking the ingredients in my cookies from now on.

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  1. Ewww! Hope you're feeling OK now.

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  2. Reminds me of when I bought rice cheese (rice milk cheese) and it still had casein (the protein in milk) in it. I was thinking, "What's the point?" (even though I know it's more geared towards people who are lactose intolerant). I feel your pain. Sometimes I get too lax reading the ingredients list and a situation like that snaps me back. Sorry about your pork lard experience.

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    1. That brand of lactose free cheese should find a way to substitute the casein... they probably would sell more, since vegans would be able to buy it too!
      That must have been frustrating.

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  3. YUCK. Poor you. Poor pigs : (

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    1. I know right? I can't possibly think of a more horrible reason for dying then to get my fat cooked into cookies.

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  4. If everyone read the ingredients first, no one would buy packaged anything. Sad fact.
    Susan Joyce

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    1. Susan! You're back! :)
      Hope you had a wonderful vacation!

      I agree. The first ingredients on most packages would probably be sugar, glucose syrup, or corn syrup...

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    2. Ugh... Even if I'm not vegetarian or anything, I'm suddenly not that hungry anymore!

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