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Palm Oil Health Benefits

Palm oil is naturally reddish in colour because of high beta-carotene content. It is not to be confused with palm kernel oil derived from the kernel of the same fruit,or coconut oil derived from the kernel of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera).

 

Palm oil can be used to produce biodiesel, which is also known as palm oil methyl ester.

 

Palm oil methyl ester is created through a process called transesterification. Palm oil biodiesel is often blended with other fuels to create palm oil biodiesel blends.

 

The use of palm oil in the production of biodiesel has led to concerns that the need for fuel is being placed ahead of the need for food, leading to malnourishment in developing nations.

 

This is known as the food versus fuel debate. According to a 2008 report published in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, palm oil was determined to be a sustainable source of both food and bio fuel.

 

Palm oil is consumed in many countries in vegetable oil, shortening, and margarine.

 

In the United States, it accounts for a very small percentage of overall fat consumption. Palm kernel oil, on the other hand, comes from the innermost kernel, or nut-like core, of the plant.

 

The kernel contains highly saturated fats that can clog arteries. Studies indicate that highly saturated fats like palm kernel oil are worse for you than the dietary cholesterol that occurs in foods.

 

Palm Fruit Oil is often confused with Palm Kernel Oil. Palm Kernel Oil is derived from palm kernels and contains 82% saturated fat.

 

Palm Fruit Oil comes from the fruit of the palm and has a nutritionally balanced profile of approximately 50% saturated and 50% unsaturated fat.

 

A high percentage of the saturated fats in palm oil are supple long-chain fats, excellent sources of energy.

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