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WHAT IS PALM OIL?
Every oil palm tree requires approximately 3m diameter clear around the base of each tree to allow full growth. Oil palm is highly productive crop which is capable of yielding more oil from less land than any other vegetable oil in existence. One oil palm tree will produce ongoing fruit for up to 30 years deeming the crop as high yielding and sustainable..
Palm Oil is used in around 50% of products consumers purchase and use on a daily basis. Palm Oil and derivatives otherwise known as fractions of the oil are used in the manufacture of prepackaged food, cosmetics, cleaning products, hair care, soaps and personal care items. Palm Wax is used in the manufacture of candles.
Palm Oil is also used to manufacture bio fuel and has become what is called the green fuel option for Motor Vehicles, shipping and Aircraft fuel. Palm is also used as feed for livestock named as palm kernel cake (PKC) which is a by-product of palm kernel oil. PKC is considered a medium grade protein feed used to fatten cattle and other livestock.
Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil high in saturated fats and free of trans fats.
The oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis) is a native to West Africa and was imported into SE Asia in the mid-19th century. Oil palm flourishes in the humid tropics and produces high yield when grown 10 degrees north and south of the equator.
Palm fruit develops in dense bunches weighing 10 kilograms (kg) or more and containing more than a thousand individual fruits similar in size to a small plum which tree produces two types of oil. (1) Palm oil (PO) is obtained from the flesh of the fruit and (2) Palm Kernel Oil (PKO) is produced by extracting the oil from the internal seed (Kernel).
WHERE IS PALM OIL USED?
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The food industry is responsible for 72% worldwide usage of palm oil.
Palm derived ingredients used in personal care and cleaning
products are responsible for 18% of world wide usage.
Biofuel and feedstock is responsible for 10% of world wide palm oil usage.
WHY DO BRANDS USE PALM OIL IN THEIR PRODUCTS?
There are a few reasons the food industry uses palm oil. The main reason is that it is the cheapest of vegetable oils. Due to pressure from the large supermarket chains for products to sell at a low price, cooking oil is one of the areas where price cuts can be made to allow for profit margin.
Palm oil is also a very bland cooking oil so it does not affect the taste of products. Palm oil also increases shelf life of pre- packaged food and finally, palm oil has a very high smoke point so it is perfect for rapid frying products such as 2 min noodles etc.
Personal care and cleaning products use palm oil for different reasons. Palm oil is extremely versatile and is used to manufacture many ingredients due to its high fatty acid content which is required to manufacture emulsifiers and surfactants.
PALM KERNEL OIL
Palm kernel oil is derived from the hard and innermost, nutlike core of the palm fruit.
Palm kernel oil is 82% saturated fat – much higher than regular palm oil. Palm kernel oil also contains about 15% monounsaturated fat and only 2% polyunsaturated fats – both significantly lower than palm oil.
Secondly, palm kernel oil is a rich source of lauric acid, that magical medium chain saturated fat that is highly antimicrobial and is specially produced by the mammary gland for a breastfeeding baby to ingest and benefit from.
Coconut oil is also high in lauric acid which is one reason it is such a wonder fat being studied by scientists all over the world for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties particularly in the face of the worrisome problem of increasing antibiotic resistance.
Hence, if I can get a food that includes palm kernel oil versus a similar one that has palm oil, I will personally choose the palm kernel oil every single time.
THE VARIOUS NAMES FOR PALM OIL – Are You Confused?
One thing that I’ve found confusing and I’m sure it’s confusing to other folks too are the various names used for palm oil on food labels.
The names I’ve seen used are palm oil, palm fruit oil, and palm kernel oil. There is also red palm oil which is very strong tasting oil that can be purchased for home cooking in ethnic grocery stores but is not used in processed foods – at least the ones I’ve examined.
I like to keep explanations simple as overly complicated things will rarely be remembered at that critical moment when you are about to decide in the store whether or not to buy a food based on what you see on the label.
The bottom line is that palm oil is a healthy fat regardless of the name used on the label. Palm oil, palm fruit oil, and palm kernel oil are all just fine and dandy.
The difference is the amount of saturated versus monounsaturated fat in the various types of palm oil and this is determined by the part of the palm fruit from which the oil is obtained.
HOW MANY SUPERMARKET BRANDS USE PALM OIL IN SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER?
Truth is every single brand of shampoo and conditioner sold in supermarkets DO USE PALM OIL however the palm content is hidden under various names.
So as a consumer, be aware that just because you may see one brand clearly label palm oil as an ingredient it does not mean that all others on the shelf either side are palm oil free. There are over 200 names for palm oil derived ingredients.
We have found that brands that clearly label palm oil on the packaging of these types of products are sourcing ethically.
WHAT WAS USED BEFORE PALM OIL?
Palm oil is derived from the fleshy part of the palm fruit and is hence sometimes also referred to as palm fruit oil.Palm oil or palm fruit oil is approximately 50% saturated fat and 40% monounsaturated fat (oleic acid – the same type of fat in olive oil). The remaining 9-10% is polyunsaturated fat in the form of linoleic acid.Neither saturated nor monounsaturated fats are easily damaged by processing so this fat is a healthy shortening to include in a snack item.
PALM OIL OR PALM FRUIT OIL
Petrochemicals and animal fats were used, so replacing these options with palm oil was the most ethical choice at the time. Palm oil has a long carbon chain of fatty acids which makes it easy to manufacture derivatives for personal care and cleaning products.