Sunday 15 December 2019

5 Facts one must know about Palm Oil

You all know that I like researching about what goes on our plate extensively. For some time now, it has been on my mind that how good is the cooking oil that we consume or which one is good for consumption or is it better idea is to keep alternating between them? Thus, among others, I evaluated palm oil too,  which caught my attention on account of the debate associated with it, has its success got the better of it and caused the competitors to create this scenario or....what’s the truth? Inspired, in this article,  I decided to share five facts one must know about Palm oil.

1.What is palm oil? 

Palm oil is an edible vegan oil we extract from the reddish pulp  of the Oil palms. The main source of palm oil are the Elaeis guineensis trees, which are native to West and Southwest Africa. Similar oil palms known as Elaeis oleifera are found in South America, but they are rarely grown commercially. However, a hybrid of the two plants is sometimes used in palm oil production. In recent years, oil palm growth has been expanding to Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Indonesia. These two countries currently are producing more than 80% of the world's palm oil supply today.

2. Uses of Palm Oil

Palm oil is used as a cooking oil, in baking, in cosmetic industry, to generate biofuel and for several other purposes. Extensively used for frying it renders food great taste and flavour. You can readily find them in ready to eat foods, chocolates, breads, cookies, muffins, protein bars and diet bars.

I love Palm oil for its versatility as a cooking medium. What makes it good for cooking for me is its balanced composition which is 50% saturated and 50% unsaturated. It is also an ideal choice for frying because it does not disintegrate or mutate on frying. 

You will be surprised to know that our country is the largest importer of Palm oil and derives twenty three percent of the total global demand from Malaysia and Indonesia as per WWF. 

3. Advantages of Palm Oil 

Palm oil is one of the least expensive and most popular oils worldwide, accounting for one-third of global plant oil production. 

It requires just one tenth space to cultivate in comparison to any other oil seed plantation which I see at its biggest advantage. If you can get more nutritional value over a smaller piece of land (i.e. high land efficiency), there can’t be a more ideal scenario. The remaining land can be used for multiple other fruitful purposes like growing grains or fruits or vegetables as as per the need. 

Another advantage of Palm oil is that it helps in food security. Undoubtedly, food security is one of the most daunting global problems we are facing these days with as many as 815 million people chronically undernourished around the world and palm oil continues to play a significant role directly or indirectly in combating this issue.Not only is it rich in nutrients but also its prices and availability are optimum to ensure good security.

4. Health and Nutritional Benefits of Palm Oil

Palm oil is recommended for preventing vitamin A deficiency, cancer, brain disease, and ageing. It is also often used to treat malaria, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, dementia, and cyanide poisoning.

 Palm oil also finds its benefits in weight loss industry and for increasing the body's metabolism which makes it a favourite in today’s times where the world is obsessed with fitness and rightly so. Palm oil is this making its way to more and more kitchens with each passing day.

5. Is Palm Oil’s success, it’s greatest enemy? 

I have come to believe that everything good today gets into a controversy and becomes debatable.It’s probably because of the Palm oil’s success that it is targeted.Thus it is high time we make an informed choice about the same as its benefits can’t make us overlook it under any circumstances. More information on this is readily available here:

Eat healthy and stay Healthy!

Truly Yours Roma

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