What is Palm Oil used for?
Palm oil is present in a wide variety of products such as baked goods, lollies, chocolate, shampoo, cosmetics, cleaning agents, washing detergents, toothpaste and biofuel. It is also a delicious ingredient in a wide variety of recipes, adding colour, flavour as well as nutrition. Palm oil is in about 50% of the items on the supermarket shelves!
Next time you shop or eat, check if your product contains any of these:
Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palm olein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Elaeis Guineensis, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hydrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol, Laureth-7, Steareth-2, Cocamide MEA (fatty acid-derived) Cocamiede DEA (fatty acid derived), Stearamidopropyldimethylamine, Cetyltrimethylammonium chloride, Isopropylmyristate, Caprylic/capric Trigylceride, Fatty Isethionates (SCI), Alkylpolyglycoside (APG), Laurylamine oxide
These are all palm oil based!
Why is Palm Oil so popular?
Red Palm Oil is a potent antioxidant that is been known to reduce cholesterol levels and increase brain function. Dr Mehmet Oz the famous Dr. Oz said that, "this oil is the most miraculous finding of 2013", saying "it is a benefit for your heart, brain and even to lose weight." Red Palm Oil is a small fat that ignites your metabolism. It sweeps away the plaque in our arteries.
Studies funded by the National Institutes of Health have also shown that a natural form of vitamin E called alpha tocotrienol, this is found in high amounts in red palm fruit oil. This helps to reduce the chances of a stroke by 50% by protecting your brain’s nerve cells. The Vitamin E (alpha tocotrienols) found in the oil acts as a scavenger in the body, searching out and destroying certain sources that can lead to illness and ageing. It protects our body against cellular ageing, and supports brain and eye function. It has also been linked to fighting Alzheimer’s disease.