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July 28, 2009

Smart Fuel: Palm Oil

By Mark Sisson
157 Comments

Of the tropical oils, coconut gets the most attention, while palm oil gets mostly ignored. The virgin coconut oil has a fairly distinct flavor, but it’s one most people are familiar with, and it lends itself well to both sweet and savory dishes. Palm oil, especially the virgin red variety that gets all the attention for its positive health effects, also has a distinct flavor, but it’s one many people seem to dislike, probably because it’s so unfamiliar (in the US, at least; worldwide, palm oil is the most widely used cooking oil) to our palates. Scott Kustes had a guest post awhile back discussing the tropical oils, but I thought it would be good to give a short, comprehensive primer on the multiple varieties of palm oil.

Palm Oil

Palm oil is extracted from the flesh of the plum-sized palm fruit. In the better brands, the processing that goes into the extraction isn’t overly invasive, and people have been doing it in roughly the same manner (the scale of operations has changed, of course). The main steps, for both small and large operations:

  • Separation of individual fruits (palm fruits grow in bunches).
  • Softening up the flesh.
  • The pressing of the fruit.
  • The purification of the resultant oil.

Now, step four is where everything changes. If you want to make an ultra-refined product for shipping to the masses, you subject the raw oil to a purification process that renders the oil white and nearly flavorless. This highly-refined palm oil, as long as it hasn’t been hydrogenated (partially or otherwise), is a great choice for relatively high heat stir frying, but you will be losing some nutritional value (see Red Palm Oil below). Refined palm oil is about 50% saturated fat, 39% monounsaturated fat, and only around 11% polyunsaturated fat, making it stable for cooking (and storage) and semisolid at room temperature. Feel free to use this as a primary cooking oil.

Palm Kernel Oil

Palm kernel oil comes from the same fruit and the same tree, only this time the oil’s coming from the seeds of the plant – or the kernel. Health officials are quick to warn against excess consumption of palm kernel oil owing to its much higher saturated fat levels, which is usually our cue to do the exact opposite. Palm kernel oil is highly saturated (around 80% SFA, 15% MUFA, and 2.5% PUFA), making it fantastic for high heat cooking. It’s very similar to coconut oil. I haven’t tried it myself, and I can’t get word either way about the flavor, so I’m unclear as to how it differs from normal refined palm oil beyond the fatty acid profile. Anyone know?

Red Palm Oil

This is the virgin, unrefined stuff. Palm oil is naturally reddish, and it comes chock full of vitamins and antioxidants. When palm oil is highly refined, though, it loses its color and taste right along with the inarguably beneficial effects. Vitamin E (may help prevent LDL oxidation), betacarotenes (many more than carrots or tomatoes), and co-enzyme Q10 (a major participant in cellular respiration) are all in red palm oil. Furthermore, the vitamin E in red palm oil is made up of both tocotrienols and tocopherols; the vitamin E in most foods is mainly tocopherol, which may be less effective than the tocotrienols abounding in red palm oil. Red palm oil does have a strong taste – according to one Portuguese explorer, “It smells of violets, tastes like olives and has a colour that blends foods together like saffron, but even all this can’t sufficiently describe its special qualities.” A bit of hyperbole? Perhaps. But the point is that you don’t want to be mixing this stuff with just anything; you might, for example, try this West African dish employing red palm oil.

Most health food stores should carry palm oil, both refined and red, and I know that Whole Foods definitely carries both. If there’s no Whole Foods in your area, check out any local co-ops or the smaller health food shops. On the online front, Tropical Traditions makes a great virgin red palm oil that can be ordered.

I think red palm oil is worth having around. For regular sautéing (eggs, for example), butter would probably work just fine, but certain cuisines use a lot of palm oil, and it’s great having options. Plus, it’s an extremely shelf stable fat. Use liberally and with great gusto!

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Grok
7 years 1 month ago

Thanks for this post.

The only reason I hadn’t bought any was the huge price tag. This post pushed me over the fence 🙂

Berto at Discount Supplements

Mark – I like your breakdowns of SFA / MUFA / PUFAs… any idea on the breakdown of the virgin Red Palm Oil?

Gordon
Gordon
7 years 1 month ago

I bought red palm oil cheaply on Ebay. They advertise it for parrots but its the same stuff and I am on my second liter now. I do all my saute cooking in it. Tocotrienols are usually derived from it and they will regrow hair in balding spots, among other health benefits.

Renee
Renee
6 years 10 months ago
Gordon, I am going through a crisis now, where I lost half of my hair because of a combination of stress, and a mix of low carb, low fat diet. I know I was worng, and I am suffering the consequences. But your post said this red palm oi can regorw hair. My hair loss was all over, and I am still shedding. I am taking a mix of multi vitamins, biotin, flax seed oil now..but wouldn’t mind trying anything else that is recommended. I don’t have thyroid problems, I checked. My blood test showed than my health is optimum… Read more »
Gordon
Gordon
6 years 10 months ago

Renee,

I red about tocotreinols regrowing hair on another site. They are abundant in red palm oil and it is used to supplement parrot’s diets to help them keep and restore feathers.
I use a derivative called Toco Sorb from red palm oil and I believe it has filled in a balding patch on my head . I know that Mark has tocotreinols in his Damage Control Master Formula as well.

Good Luck.

Renee
Renee
6 years 10 months ago

Gordon,

Thanks for your reply. I will dig more on the Damage Control Master Formula, as I haven’t seen it yet.

jpatti
5 years 5 months ago

Renee, do you have symptoms of hypothyroid? Have you had a thyroid panel done? At minimum, you need TSH, FT4, FT3 and better to include rT3 also.

Also, get an iron panel ASAP. Serum iron should be in the 100-130 range, %sat 35-45%, UIBC less than 170 and TIBC less than 300.

If you have these issues, you can get help here: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/NaturalThyroidHormonesADRENALS/

Graham
Graham
1 year 2 months ago

Sorry to hear about your hair loss, I’ve heard iodine (sweet water) mixed with pure castor oil is used for hair growth.

Sophie
Sophie
2 months 8 days ago
I am so sorry to hear about your hair loss – having gone through it myself, resulting in cutting off my lovely long haïr, i feel your pain. Its extremely non Marks Daily Apple friendly but I quit paleo and became a fruitarian. Now i am breastfeeding having gone through pregnancy mostly fruit-based, i am plain old mostly higher carb vegan…. my hair is growing in droves. Its done over an inch a month and i have so much regrowth i basically have bangs. (Its nothing to do with prenatal vitamins – i don’t do supplementation as i only beleive… Read more »
Anthony
7 years 1 month ago

Unfortunately, the Whole foods in my area haven’t carried palm oil in months =(. Lots of coconut, but no palm. I’ve wanted to try it for a long time too.

In other news, I got TPB in the mail one day late for an annual convention I host, and spoke at about exercise and nutrition. I still spoke highly of Primal Blueprint in my speech (my number one recommendation for proper nutrition) but I didn’t have it in hand to show on camera! Oh well. Perhaps you would be interested in speaking next year Mark?

thanks

-Anthony

LG
LG
7 years 1 month ago

Mark, I know corn (as in popcorn) is a grain and is not part of the PB. However, I love popcorn and have every once in a while. What’s the best oil to use? I never eat microwave popcorn!

bionicsamm
bionicsamm
7 years 1 month ago

LG, cook your popcorn in the microwave with no oil! All you need is popcorn kernels, paper lunch bag, and a staple if your microwave is metal proof or a piece of tape if it’s not.

You’ll need between 1/4-1/3 cup of kernels, put them in the lunch bag, fix the top, microwave as you would for pre-packaged microwave popcorn.

Emma Lokuciejewski
Emma Lokuciejewski
7 years 1 month ago

Although palm oil may seem a nice new thing to try, im affraid it is the main reason for the extinction of orang-utans, dont believe me? http://ran.org/the_problem_with_palm_oil/

Sylvia
Sylvia
5 years 2 months ago

Agreed. I’ve stopped using all products containing Palm Oil because of the massive deforestation happening in developing countries.

A great healthy alternative shouldn’t require animals to die just to turn a profit.

http://orangutan.ca/

John Steakeater
John Steakeater
4 years 9 months ago

As opposed to just killing and eating them directly?

Anyway, the article mentioned above refers to Indonesian palm oil. I buy the local “Waew” brand, normally from Southern Thailand. However, there’s a current shortage (from hoarding because of the floods), so the Government has authorized imports (location not specified, but probably Malaysia).

Kat
Kat
3 years 7 months ago

What about red palm oil sourced not for the Amazon but from small West African family farms – is that harming orangutans? Yes it is critical to know where the product is sourced. You should also not purchase red palm oil sourced in Malaysia by large agri-business conlomerates.

Ladu
Ladu
2 years 8 months ago

Since orangutans are from West Africa, not the Amazon, yes.

Chris
Chris
2 years 7 months ago

Actually orangutans aren’t from the Amazon or Africa, they exclusively live in maritime Southeast Asia. If you want to avoid buying from farms which encroach on orangutan territory then that’s Indonesian and Malaysian farms.

Tirzah
Tirzah
7 years 1 month ago

Coconut oil, hands down, makes the BEST popcorn. Ever.

Christina
Christina
3 years 8 months ago

Popcorn popped in a combination of palm oil & coconut oil, then sprinkled with brewers yeast, a little bit of salt and a pinch of turmeric (it can get a little bitter if there’s too much) is a delicious snack and certainly qualifies as a healthy snack. (See Mark’s “Important Supplemental Foods” write up for more on Turmeric). Yumm!

Russell
Russell
7 years 1 month ago

This may not be true – and so I would appreciate it if someone would correct my potential error – but my understanding is that palm oil extraction/farming is directly responsible for destruction of orangutan habitats.

If true, then it is something worthy of consideration, IMO.

Gordon
Gordon
7 years 1 month ago

Palm fruit has been planted in Asia to the detriment of wildlife but originally red palm fruit were from West Africa and I buy mine from there. It is easy to discern. The West African Palm oil is not processed.

Ella
7 years 1 month ago
This is my understanding also. The devastation caused rainforest habitats for palm oil production is revolting. But like a lot of things in life it’s cheaper for corporation to produce in foriegn climates regardless of such farming practices impacts on the forest, it’s endangerd wildlife and in turn on our planet in general. To make matters worse once deforestation has occurred, the nutrients left in the soil are slim to none. Farm this land for a couple of years and it’s completely dead. How can the rainforest then be reestablished if it was the forest and it’s inhabitan that fed… Read more »
Ella
Ella
7 years 1 month ago

Apologies, here is the website: http://www.palmoilaction.org.au/index.html

Joshua
Joshua
5 years 1 month ago
Not to exonerate any corporation, but I will point out that African soil is nearly barren in the first place because of the soil type and the frequent rainfall. It just washes nutrients into the water table. Slash and burn is not an invention of greedy businesses destroying the world for $$, it’s how many African tribes have lived for 1000s of years. Burning everything is the way to put fertilize the soil. Then you plant their a few years until it’s gone then you move on. You rotate like this and hopefully, the plants regrow by the time you… Read more »
roxanne
roxanne
3 years 2 months ago

The palm oil is from palm plantations grown in the Indonesian rainforest. Africa is not a big producer of palm oil. Soy is produced from the destruction of the rainforests in South America primarily.
It would take many, many, many generations to grow another rainforest. And the wildlife, fauna and any benefits our rainforests may have existed for is long gone.
Please stop the destruction of the world’s rainforest.

maryke
maryke
5 years 2 months ago

i believe that is unsustainable practice. one is able to purchase organic sustainable products.

Geoff
Geoff
4 years 7 months ago
I suggest anyone who wants to become more fully informed on the case for red palm oil read Bruce Fife’s “The Palm Oil Miracle.” A section of the book covers the myth (or not … you ultimately have to decide) about the ecological destruction wrought by palm oil plantations. Fife suggests that the idea is part of a disinformation campaign by the vegetable oil against tropical oils. If so it is a rather egregious case of the pot calling the kettle black, given the ecological destruction cause by soybean and other monocultural crop practices, which amount to topsoil mining. These… Read more »
Lynda Maximenko
Lynda Maximenko
3 years 5 months ago
I agree with Geoff. If anyone wants to know about red palm oil, they should refer to Bruce Fife’s book on red palm oil. What happened to the blacklisting of Coconut oil, that it is saturated fat,thus bad for you is still very prevalent and everyone seems to be aware of the fact. With palm oil, there was a letter sent out to all the health food stores etc about how palm oil trees were devestating the planet. In Indonesia a huge percentage of there economy is based on palm oil. The palantations are not fenced and allow animals to… Read more »
Vin - NaturalBias
7 years 1 month ago

I probably rely to heavily on coconut oil and ghee in my diet and never really considered palm oil. Thanks for the info!

Florian
Florian
7 years 1 month ago

I use the white palm oil for quite a while now and I can’t say anything bad about it, although it can be pricey…

Carla Golden
7 years 1 month ago

Russell – It is true and probably why it is sometimes hard to find:

http://redapes.org/learn-about-the-palm-oil-threat/

Be well, Carla aka OneHealthyGirl.com

marci
marci
7 years 1 month ago

I had a bottle of spicy red palm/macadamia oil – I wish I could remember the name of the company that made it- so good. It was great for curries and West African/ Carribean inspired dishes. Will get more after reading this- nice to have a variety of cooking fats on hand.

Anthony
7 years 1 month ago
@LG Ironically I believe tropical oils were the original popcorn topping, until the saturated fat is evil/”vegetable” oil propaganda non sense started a few decades ago. So, I would go with coconut oil red palm kernel oil. I’ve used coconut oil myself on the rare occasion I eat any organic popcorn. I imagine melted grassfed butter would be a decent option as well. @Mark The convention is almost exactly 1 year away. My e-mail is Dream at The21Convention.com Shoot me an e-mail sometime, I would love to have you there! As for quick details, the third year of the event… Read more »
LG
LG
7 years 1 month ago

Thanks Anthony, sounds great!

LG

Richard Zimmerman
7 years 1 month ago
I noticed some people commenting on the relationship between palm oil and orangutan habitat, so I’d lke to clarify. Please keep in mind that 90% of the global supply comes from Indonesia and Malaysia. The palm oil industry is guilty of the most heinous ecological atrocities imaginable, including the systematic genocide of orangutans. The forests of Borneo and Sumatra are the only place where these gentle, intelligent creatures live, and the cultivation of palm oil has directly led to the brutal deaths of thousands of individuals as the industry has expanded into previously undisturbed areas of rainforest. When the forest… Read more »
Josh Roman
Josh Roman
7 years 1 month ago

I’m with Richard on this one, having seen both the orangs and the *massive* palm oil plantations in Malaysia & Indonesia up close.

As it’s difficult to differentiate between sustainably harvested and ecologically damaging palm oil, I avoid it entirely. (You’d be amazed at the number of non-food products employing some chemically tortured version of palm oil.)

The idea of a sustainable source in Africa is intriguing, but I’m always wary about “sustainability” — it’s too easy to print up a pretty label to cover abuses 99.9% of your customers will never see.

Coconut oil’s just fine for me!

Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu
1 year 6 months ago

How sustainable is coconut oil one may ask and same goes for GMO canola, rapeseed, soy or even corn. How ever it may sound, Palm Oil is the world’s first certified sustainable vegetable oil.

Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu
1 year 8 months ago
To a certain extent there has been some conflicts that has been encountered and oil palm plantations has been smeared with negative allegations through out the time. such allegations of orang utans are being killed and shot is totally absurd. as reported by certain NGOS without no evident proof doesnt carry any weight. The industry such as in Malaysia have created their fund for consrvation efforts for wildlife including orangutan, the wild cattle / Bornean Banteng, Bornean Elephant, Malayan Sun bear among others is never highlighted and not looked upon to. http://www.mpoc.org.my/Malaysian_Palm_Oil_Wildlife_Conservation_Fund_%28MPOWCF%29_.aspx Its not a perfect Industry, many policies are… Read more »
Tamsyn
Tamsyn
1 year 4 months ago
Is there any official consensus on whether it is better to totally boycott palm oil or whether to attempt to source “sustainable palm oil”?… and if so, how to be sure that we are buying palm oil that has no link to the rainforest devastation and orangutan slaughtering? I want to encourage local cafes etc to avoid bad palm oil, but they are asking me what to use instead as a shortener and I want to make sure I am encouraging the right thing. One local ice-cream producer for instance uses palm oil in their frozen cookie dough so that… Read more »
Courtney
Courtney
1 year 1 month ago

I would say it is important to source sustainable palm oil because it is actually the most efficient oil to produce. It requires half the land of other vegetable oils to produce the same amount of product. We just need to do it sustainably. The round table for sustainable palm oil has a good write up on this.

http://www.rspo.org/consumers/about-sustainable-palm-oil

Joshua
Joshua
2 months 29 days ago

Nutiva sources theirs from Ecuador. No orangutans.
Although if you ask me, bye bye orangutans. There are actual people living nasty short brutish lives and need the land.

Jeff Sherman
7 years 1 month ago

great discusion. Thanks for the info!

Gordon
Gordon
7 years 1 month ago

As in a previous post I advocate buying red palm oil from West Africa, where it originated, and where it supports the economic development of native peoples. This is the red palm oil one should buy and not processed oils at all.

Some microwave popcorns do come with palm oil…just read the packages.

Greg at Live Fit
7 years 1 month ago

Being naturally saturated, palm oil gets a bad rap. Manufacturers make use of it in “natural” peanut butter to keep it from separating.

Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu
1 year 6 months ago

Yes. Thats true. being naturally saturated with a balanced portion of 50-50, its very stable at high temperature and through processing and thus Trans Fat Free which is a major health concern highlighted by FDA with reference to the processing and hydrogenation of other types of vegetable oil.

Robert Batson
Robert Batson
7 years 1 month ago

This is a new source. This what they say. “Red palm oil is free of cholesterol and trans-fatty acids. Rich source of phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, vitamin E tocotrienols, lycopene, which act as a super-antioxidant.These carotenoids are responsible for the striking red colour of the oil.”
site is at:
http://www.rainforestredpalmoil.com

Indiscreet
Indiscreet
7 years 1 month ago

I bought some red palm oil a while ago in the supermarket, but it is actually a blend of palm oil and canola oil. I’m not sure if I should use it now as I don’t hear anything good about canola.

Conrad
Conrad
7 years 1 month ago

I’d kill an Orangutan in exchange for some red palm oil. Does anyone know where I can find an Orangutan in Toronto, Canada apart from the zoo? I would really like to try some red palm oil!

Gordon
Gordon
7 years 1 month ago

you can substitute seal blubber and its quite cheap in the Northern territories.

Kaite
Kaite
7 years 1 month ago

Original, orgainic “Paradise Oil” is my absolute favorite! The company, Jungle Products, makes about six different oils, and 3 of them are unique blends like Vanilla or African Spice… the original is a blend of macadamia, coconut, and red palm oils. It is expensive, so I don’t cook with it like I do my organic bacon fat and coconut oils, but instead use it for making salad dressing because it is liquid at room temperature.
Unique fat makeup(grabbed a bottle from my kitchen and looked at the back):
-14 g total (in 1 tbs)
-7 g Saturated
-8 g monounsaturated
-O g polyunsaturated?

Stephan
7 years 1 month ago

I use red palm oil all the time. Along with pastured butter, it’s one of the most nutrient-dense fats. It does have a strong savory flavor, so I think of it as a combination of a fat and a flavoring. It goes really well in some dishes.

gallier2
gallier2
7 years 1 month ago

I’m the lucky guy here, my wife’s from Gabon and prepares some dishes with the red palm oil (poulet nyembue or kassava leaves nyembue). At first I found the taste strange, but the more I it goes, the better it gets. The first time I tasted it, it was in Gabon and it was elefant trunc that was prepared with it. That was not so good, as the elefant trunc is quite special.
My wife also brought unrefined palm kernel oil, which is not consumed as food but as a natural wound treatement (it has imho antiseptic and antiparasitic properties).

Asha
Asha
7 years 1 month ago

As 90% of all palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia it is extremely likley that any palm oil bought is directly linked to rainforest destruction and the death and cruetly of orangutans and numerous other species of animal.

This website has more information and (warning) some graphic images.
http://www.born-to-be-wild.org/html/palm_oil.html

As consumers we must ask the companies if they know where their palm oil comes from and what they can do to ensure their supply is sustainable.

Orangutans share 97% of our DNA and they have an estimated 10 years left in the wild.

roxanne
roxanne
3 years 6 months ago

I will do without palm oil. Knowing that the destruction of the rainforests, the major source of the earth’s oxygen and the death of many animal species is necessary for our pleasure and lifestyle, I will change my ways. I will do without palm oil. I will probably live longer and be healthier having made that choice. Will others join me and find a way?

Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu
1 year 6 months ago
The industry such as in Malaysia have created their fund for conservation efforts for wildlife including orangutan, the wild cattle / Bornean Banteng, Bornean Elephant, Malayan Sun bear among others is never highlighted and not looked upon to. http://www.mpoc.org.my/Malaysian_Palm_Oil_Wildlife_Conservation_Fund_%28MPOWCF%29_.aspx Its not a perfect Industry, many policies are being made to produce palm oil sustainably. Palm oil is the driver of the Nations development especially for malaysia and Indonesia. Sustainable palm oil making its way and Palm oil is the world first sustainable vegetable oil, http://www.betterpalmoil.org/, compared to Rapeseed, Canola Oil and Soy which are comparatively lower in productivity and uses… Read more »
Gordon
Gordon
7 years 1 month ago

I know Grok probably did not read but most of us CAN..and can pick up a jar and determone country of origin and know whether it came from Brazil, Africa, or somewhere else. Besides which the plantation oils are preocessed for cheao usage and not the kind we want.

Larry David
7 years 11 days ago
I only buy red palm oil that originates from West Africa. I have found only one such company that offers certified organic red palm oil from sustainable agriculture. From what I understand it is Fair Trade certified as well. No Orangutan problems in West Africa nor destruction of the rainforest. The organic certification is under Ecocert which is the European standard that is more stringent than the USDA standard. Some websites offer red palm oil from South America or African palm oil that has been traditionally produced but from what I have experienced and been educated on they are sub… Read more »
Sebastien
Sebastien
6 years 9 months ago

I know I’m a little late with my comment, but I’m wondering why they use palm oil a lot in fast food chains if its that expensive.

Do they use an other kind than the healthy one recommended here?

(BTW, my info about fast food chains using palm oil comes from a documentary on palm oil available on Youtube).

Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu
1 year 6 months ago

Palm oil is one of the cheapest oil in the market but the price difference may be due to the fact that theres 2 types of palm oil. Palm Oelin which is generally yellowish and the Palm Kernel Oil which is the Red Oil. both go through different processing method in the preparation. the price could be higher if the oil is blended with other types of soft oil to maintain stability or to withstand cold temperature.

gallier2
gallier2
6 years 9 months ago

Sebastien,

the cheap stuff is not palm oil but palm kernel oil. Even if it is a bit more expensive than shortening (hydrogenated oil) it has it advantages, it’s more stable so it can be used longer, less oil changes, less labour cost. But I suppose it depends more on the company than anything else, AFAIK in Europe McDonalds uses rapeseed oil (canola). In Belgium the real “friteries” use beef tallow. So it depends.

FitJerks Fitness Blog
6 years 8 months ago

Been using palm oil for a while… and it sure can get pricey. But worth every penny IMO.

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nick
nick
6 years 7 months ago

anyone know what modified palm oil is, as listed on the nutella bottle? it says on the nutella website that it’s not hydrogenated http://www.nutellausa.com/faqs.htm, but other than that i can’t figure it out.

nannette
nannette
6 years 4 months ago

How does the palm oil help hair grow? Do you eat it, if so how much? Do you rub it on your head and scalp?
What else can I eat or take to help my hair grow?

aurora
aurora
6 years 1 month ago

You can take biotin to make your hair grow.(Hair stylist for 10yr)

Nannette
Nannette
6 years 4 months ago

My hair needs help. How do you use the red palm oil to help hair grow? If you take it, how much do you take per day? Do you rub it on your hair and scalp?
Any supplements you take that help?

Gem
Gem
4 years 2 months ago

You should try Tropical Traditions coconut hair oil. Really good for hair and scalp.

Sarah
Sarah
6 years 1 month ago

Mark – PLEASE stop promoting the use of palm oil – this has been commented on several times by people who are clearly more educated than myself…i’m quite upset that you are still running with this as an acceptable product!!

please put out a “daily apple” condeming the use of this product that is single handedly making a beautiful species extinct.

you wield a huge power over your readers – people TRUST you and believe in you – use your power for the good of the environment and let all your readers know that palm oil should be;

OFF THE MENU!!

thanks

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Rob
Rob
5 years 8 months ago
Good lord, why don’t you guys just read the entire post and click the link he provided to Tropical Traditions before you attack Mark for contributing to monkey genocide. Their page clearly states: “Tropical Traditions Virgin Palm Oil comes from West Africa, NOT South East Asia. Our Virgin Palm Oil is produced by small-scale family producers in Africa that are certified organic. When you purchase Tropical Traditions Virgin Palm Oil, you are supporting small scale family producers in Africa, and NOT large corporate plantations in South East Asia.” There you have it. A source for this fine oil from a… Read more »
Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu
1 year 6 months ago

Its not about putting the Big conglomerates out of business but more of sustainable sourcing and production to feed the local employees and small holder farmers, elevating the developing nation and thus feeding the whole planet. Lets not make up your mind just by the information you’re feed in. You have heard from the other party. The Malaysians and Indonesians should be given a chance to develop and elevate from poverty and still keep the treasured forests.

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Crimson
Crimson
5 years 7 months ago

What do you all think about Spectrum’s Shortening made with palm oil http://www.spectrumorganics.com/?id=247

Mart
5 years 6 months ago

Spectrum Naturals Shortening – yes – I was wondering that as well. Anyone on a low budget has to read posts like this with an eye to finding the cheapest solution to take advantage of the MDA recommendation. Most of the time it’s ridiculous, as virgin oils of any kind, coconut or whatever are not cheap. I currently use Louanna refined coconut oil as my cooking staple. Not ideal – but that’s the ONLY relatively cheap coconut oil anywhere. So what about the Spectrum Naturals Shortening? Any ideas?

Mart
5 years 6 months ago
Leah
Leah
5 years 6 months ago

I have Spectrum Shortening, too, so I’m curious.
As for cheap unrefined coconut oil, if any stores in your area sell “Tree of Life” brand, I’ve found that for $5.99 at my local healthfood store. Also, Amazon sells Nutiva for around $11/2 jars.

Mart
5 years 6 months ago

Nutrition label on the Spectrum Shortening says: 6g SFA, 2g PUFA and 5g MUFA, so I presume the outlook isn’t good…?
Meanwhile the Louanna coconut oil says 12g SFA, 0g PUFA and 1g MUFA.

Polecatz
Polecatz
5 years 4 months ago

Didn’t realise how fortunate I was to live in South London as all the African shops sell palm oil and its the orange stuff too. As well as that I have sourced coconut oil, almond oil, coconut, cassava, yam, and almond flours as well as a load of other flours which are gluten free and that I have never heard of (melon seed flour for instance!!). Lots of West African people are living in South London and their cuisine is well worth checking out I think.

Eddy
Eddy
5 years 2 months ago

Hi all,

I’ve just bought and tried unrefined red palm oil from Ghana (according to label).

Peculiar smell (saffron-y, I’d say), semisolid at room temperature, gives red colour to food, very stable while cooking and very tasty.

I paid 2 pounds for 500 ml. That is all but expensive, in my opinion.

In fact, I think it’s so cheap it’s almost too good to be truly something great (my reference point is always extra-virgin olive oil). Don’t you think so?

maryke
maryke
5 years 2 months ago

hmm it think the issue of over using habitat is important. but plam oil is one product where i notice a real difference in how i feel. so im not going to stop using it. however in the above it is interesting to note that a lot of hte misuse may come from fast food outlets. i make all my own food at home. i will look into buying the African one. thanks.

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amylee
amylee
4 years 11 months ago

I HATE YOU GET F***KED

Dale Smith
4 years 10 months ago

There are reliable sources of sustainable palm oil
Check out our website

http://www.nbpol.com.pg

Based in Papua New Guinea, New Britain Palm Oil Ltd produces about 17% of the global supply of fully sustainable palm oil.

The World Economic Forum in 2011 named NBPOL as a “world sustainability champion”

http://www.nbpol.com.pg/?p=832

Palm oil from the right sources can be used with a clear conscience

Enjoy!

Midget
Midget
4 years 10 months ago

Amylee, There are some excellent medications for the symptoms you are exhibiting, Zoloft comes to mind. It’s easy to be a childish, inappropriate nutcase online but you should get help before someone in real life takes serious offense.

StephLicht
StephLicht
3 years 8 months ago

Right you are!

giles troulan
giles troulan
4 years 8 months ago

That’s a really interesting article, I actually own 2 farms in Thailand growing palm oil. The tree takes 3 years to mature and we will start harvesting later this year (2012). Our plan was always to send the product to a local dealer in its raw form where the oils is extracted and then sold on to the food and Biodiesel industries. Maybe I will look further at the Virgin palm oil market. Currently I use Olive oil mainly which can get expensive over here.

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Mark
Mark
4 years 8 months ago

The article says that they collect the palm fruit to make the oil.
Why would they chop down the trees that give them fruit?
That would be like chopping down an apple tree to get the apples.

The deforestation scare doesn’t make sense.

Katherine
Katherine
4 years 7 months ago

Mark, the issue is that native vegetation (and orangutan habitat) is being cleared in order to make room for palm plantations.

It is correct that palm trees are not being cut down to collect the oil. It’s what happens in order to create the non-native plantation crop.

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Geoff
Geoff
4 years 7 months ago
For those looking for another supplier of red palm oil, check out Wilderness Family Naturals (wildernessfamilynaturals.com). Their source is from a company which belongs to an organization called Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. See http://bit.ly/WFN-palm-oil-source for more information. An interesting aspect of WFN’s red palm oil is that the heaviest fatty acids have been substantially separated out. So some of the longer chain saturated fats present in unrefined red palm oil are missing here. The resulting composition is 36% SFs, 49% MUFs, and 14% PUFs (linoleic acid). Not a good thing on the face of it, right? And now for… Read more »
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