When it comes to fats, confusion still reigns. But that doesn’t need to be the case. Healthy fats like lard and beef tallow are derived from an animal source; oils and shortenings are derived from a vegetable source — soybean, rapeseed (canola), palm, coconut and so on. While vegetable oils can be traced back to nature, turning these sources into food is a manufacturing process. And the results don’t always promote health.