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Palm Oil

Technical Name : Elaeis guineensis

Vegetarian

Taste Profile

Palm oil has a mild taste.

Usage Tips

  1. Refined palm oil can be used in many food products, such as margarine, confectionery, chocolate, ice cream, and bakery products.
  2. It can also be used for cooking especially deep frying as it has a high smoking point.
  3. It can be stored for up to 12 months without much spoilage.
  4. Use stainless steel or glass container to store it.

Common names and forms

  1. Edible Palm Oil
  2. Edible Vegetable Fat (Palm Oil)
  3. Edible Vegetable Fat (Palm)
  4. Edible Vegetable Oil (Palm Oil)
  5. Edible Vegetable Oil (Palm)
  6. Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Palm Oil)
  7. Non Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Palm Oil)
  8. Refined Palm Oil
  9. Vegetable Fat (Palm Oil)
  10. Vegetable Fat (Palm)
  11. Vegetable Oil (Palm Fruit)
  12. Vegetable Oil (Palm Oil)
  13. Vegetable Oil (Palm)
  14. Vegetable Palm Oil

Description

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that is produced from the pulp of the fruit of the palm tree. This fruit is reddish in colour. The palm fruit is about the size of a large olive. It has a single seed or kernel, which is used to produce palm kernel oil. It belongs to the Palmaceae family and has originated from West and Central African countries, It can be used both as a crude oil as well as in the refined form. Palm oil is found in almost 50% of the packaged products we find in the market, from pizza, doughnuts, and chocolate, to deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, and lipstick. It also has been utilised in animal feed and as a biofuel in different parts of the world. It is used in African and Asian cuisines.

Health benefits

  • Palm oil has tocopherol in it which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent cancer.(1)
  • It is rich in beta-carotene, that plays a vital role in promoting a healthy and strong immune system.(1)
  • It also contains Omega 3 fatty acids which help in slowing down the loss of cognitive function in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s.(1)
  • Vitamin E present in it helps to protect the body against atherosclerosis and aging.(1)
  • It has vitamin D which maintains bone density.(1)

Selection Guide

Check for the expiry date before buying.

Note

Excess consumption of Palm oil can increase cholesterol levels.(2) It is high in saturated fats that might cause risk to cardiovascular health.(3)

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