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The Latin word sebum came to our language as tallow . The concept refers to the raw fat that is obtained from herbivorous feeding animals and that, once it melts, has various uses.

Sebum can be found in cows , the lambs , the sheep or the oxen . It is usually the hard fat that is located around the kidneys and on the back of the animal . At room temperature, sebum is solid: however, its melting point is low, since it is among the 45º and the 50ºC . In this way, casting is very simple.

Raw sebum must be maintained cooled So it can be preserved. Instead, industrial sebum, already processed, can be stored without refrigeration When vacuum packed.

It is important to note that, sometimes, the notion of sebum applies to other fatty substances , either obtained from different animals or from vegetables. With sebum they can be manufactured candles , produce soaps , to elaborate lubricants or even to prepare food for birds

It is necessary to make clear that, in recent years, there has been a notable increase in the demand for sebum when it is possible to undertake different beauty treatments and even to shape cosmetics of various kinds. And it is considered that this product offers a long list of benefits at the aesthetic level, among which the following stand out:
-Get the hair look shiny.
-It helps to make the facial blemishes disappear and even to end the unsightly pimples.
-In the same way, it is considered to become a great ally when it comes to reducing wrinkles to a minimum.
-It is also a very appropriate element to take care of the hands. In this specific case, we can determine that the sebum serves to stop these problems from drying out and even to end its cracks.

The tallow also allows to develop various gastronomic preparations. This ingredient is part of several recipes typical of British cuisine, such as haggis , the mincemeat , he dumpling and the Christmas pudding .

In some cases, sebum is used to fry food . A famous American fast food chain used tallow for years to prepare its chips (or chips ), combining it with some oil .

It should be noted that excessive fat consumption can generate cardiovascular disorders at human being since these substances tend to block the arteries.

We cannot forget that in a colloquial way the term that occupies us is also used but with another meaning. Specifically, it is used as part of the expression "tallow ball" that is used to insult a person who has a few extra pounds.

In addition, we can underline the existence of a story that is precisely entitled: “Tallow ball”. It was written by the French author Guy de Maupassant (1850 - 1893) and thanks to it he achieved great success. The story was published in the year 1880, takes as a scenario what is the occupation of France in the year 1870 as a result of the Franco-Prussian war and its protagonist is a woman "cheerful life" called Elizabeth Rousset but dubbed as the title of the narration

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