This uses lard. No it's not healthy but shortening is worse. Most things made with pie dough aren't healthy anyway so we eat it as a treat. Lard actually has less saturated fat than butter (and taste lol). This pie dough makes a very easy dough to work with. It's very flaky and tender too. It freezes very well. In Quebec we have good quality lard (white and boring lol) available everywhere. I've heard it's not always easy to find. If you can't find some use a recipe that is made for what you do have.