22 Miraculous Benefits of Palm Oil

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)When one hears about palm oil, he or she would often confuse it with coconut oil or palm kernel oil because of its source. Palm oil is also mistaken with other vegetable oils because it can be used for cooking and it does not have any distinct taste that would help it stand above the rest. Palm oil, as the name implies came from the fruit of oil palms. It often looks reddish in color because it contains more beta-carotene content than carrots. What makes it different from both coconut and palm kernel oil is that its color is different, and its saturated fat content is lower than the others. Palm oil only has 49% saturated fat content, while palm kernel oil and coconut oil have 81% and 86% saturated fats. Palm oil also has high saturated vegetable fat content and when placed in room temperature, it is partly solid. Red palm oil does come in another type: crude red palm oil. What makes it different from the usual type is that it is refined and bleached. As a result, this specific type of palm oil does not have carotenoids and has a different scent than red palm oil. The first dated records of palm oil use can be dated as far as 5,000 years ago. According to discoveries made in the 1800s, palm oil was used as early as 3,000 B.C. and it was traded throughout the ancient world. Later on, palm oil was discovered to be great for cooking and Europeans also discovered its cooking value when they purchased some palm oil from the Africans. Aside from cooking, they noticed palm oil would also work well as an industrial lubricant and a key ingredient for soaps. Today, palm oil is a popular cooking ingredient in many parts of Africa, Brazil and Southeast Asia because it is cheaper and has high saturation qualities that makes it good for frying. It is also the largest source of calories for many poor communities worldwide. It is also used as a key component for many food items, lifestyle products and some are also used for bio-energy. Currently, Indonesia and Malaysia are the top producers of palm oil in the market and it is expected that the demand for it would increase by 2020 and 2050. Like similar vegetable oil, palm oil is extracted through various processes to get the purest essence of the palm oil. The palm is milled and refined to remove other residues or scents that would affect the final product. Refining also ensures that the quality is adjusted properly depending on where the palm oil would be used and purified accordingly.  If it would be used for soaps and other products, the palm is physically refined to remove any scent and coloration, as well as its fatty acids. If it is used for cooking, the palm would be placed further in fractionation to produce palm olein, a vital component for cooking oil. When it comes to red palm oil, it is often cold-pressed to retain its quality and bottled to use for cooking and making dressing. As noted above, palm oil is semi-solid when it is in room temperature, making it look similarly to butter or trans-fat. As a result, many often use it as an alternative to make healthier pastries and other baked goods. However, experts, such as those from the USDA, stress that it is important to still regulate the use of palm oil on food, especially if the person consuming it has high cholesterol levels. It is also not ideal to consume palm oil in huge amounts because it may change the color of your skin due to the carotenes value of the oil even if it does mean you are now protected from UV rays. Considering the demand for palm oil, the international community and its regional organizations have taken steps to ensure that palm oil is properly distributed, labeled and used throughout their territories. In Europe, palm oil is clearly listed as an ingredient in food labels to help users plan their food options properly. It is also not allowed in Europe that food producers would say the food item in question has vegetable in “varying proportions” as it may question just how much other vegetable oil was used in the product. A council is also made to ensure that while palm oil is produced and used by the public, it would not affect the environment. Some groups have cited that the production of palm oil has destroyed many rainforests in exchange to making them suitable for palm oil production. Deforestation then led to the increase of extinction or endangerment of some of the world’s endangered species, especially in Malaysia and Indonesia. In order to counter this problem, the the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil regularly speaks with NGOs and other affected groups to ensure palm oils produced worldwide are of high quality and would not affect the environment it is produced on. They also inspect various palm oil productions in the world and give them their certification before they can produce palm oil. Palm oil is mostly comprised of fatty acids which are saturated in nature. Some aspects of the fatty acids are monounsaturated oleic acids. When it is unrefined, unrefined palm oil is a notable source for vitamin E tocotrienol, a very powerful nutrient a person needs. Red palm oil also has carotenes which gives it a red color. With the composition of palm oil in mind, many experts have tried their best to determine whether or not it is possessing other benefits for users aside from possessing vitamin E tocotrienol and others.  Some experts have found their answer to this question and here are 22 major benefits it can offer to users: Contents1 1. It is trans-fat free2 2. It has great antioxidant properties3 3. It delays the onset of aging and boost vitality4 4. It prevents inflammation5 5. It prevents hydrogenation6 6. 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