You read so much about what is good for you and what is not. Doctors tell you one thing and then years later you find out that thing isn't really good for you and 9 times out of 10 causes cancer so what is one to do? Shortening, margarine, & etc are said to be one step away from plastic and therefore not as good for you as animal sources now. Who knows and what is one to do?
"When a square of butter and a square of margarine were put into a baking pan, then insects (ants/flies) were added, they went to/landed on the butter. This tells you that nature chooses real food!" credit That is enough for me to sometimes use a little lard and I know I will use my butter.
I'll tell you that I've limited my use of shortening and never use margarine anymore. Animal sources are not as healthy as in the past either because grandma and grandpa raised their own animals and they were much healthier. If you know me you know exactly how I feel about animals grown in CAFOs.
We don't all have the ability to raise our own food animals now so we must buy. I still think even though saturated fats are said to be unhealthy I will use some every now and then and for these biscuits today I am using lard. Let me tell you if made gently with a light hand they will melt in your mouth!