What is Palm Oil?
Palm oil is oil that is extracted from the fruit of the palm tree. These trees originated in West Africa but can grow wherever there is heat and rainfall. Palm tree fruit provides us with additional oil called ‘palm kernel oil’ and is often mistaken for palm oil. There are two types of palm oil which include the red palm oil, which is the fresh natural colored oil and is mainly used by the locals. Then there is the lighter colored palm oil that is the refined version. The refining process removes the antioxidants that make this oil red. Interestingly these are the same nutrients that give carrot tomatoes their rich red and orange color!
Palm oil’s recognition took place centuries ago in West Africa where it had been used as cooking oil, and during the British industrial revolution where it was well demanded for its use in making candles and as a lubricant for industrial machinery.
Palm oil has therefore proven its versatility in both food and non food industries.
Palm Oil Nutritional Information
One tablespoon of palm oil contains 1.1 mcg of Vitamin K, 2.17 mg of Vitamin E, 13.6 grams of Fat, 120 Calories, that of which 10% are Polyunsaturated, 40% are Monosaturated, and 50% are saturated. Therefore this oil is extremely high in saturated fat. However palm oil is extremely low in Sodium and Cholesterol levels.
Natural (Red) palm oil contains extremely high amounts of Beta-Carotene and Lycopene.
Palm Oil Health Benefits
Good for Cardiovascular Health!
Palm oil is a miracle worker when it comes to hearth health! Palm oil help reduce the sticky character of blood platelets that may cause internal blood clots and strokes and Palm oil is packed with powerful Antioxidants that help the body get relieve of harmful Free Radicals in the bloodstream! These Free Radicals increase the risk of Heart disease and many other Cardiac problems. Palm oil also has the ability to eradicate Plaque buildup in the Arteries and therefore halting the process of Atherosclerosis’!
Not only that but palm oil helps maintain Cholesterol and Blood pressure levels!
Palm oil is exceedingly rich when it comes to Antioxidants which make it a powerful anti cancer food! Palm oil consists of a unique antioxidant called, Tocotrienols. This substance is a natural cancer eradicator and is considered superior to any other Antioxidant! Research has shown that Tocotrienols not only stops cancer cells from multiplying but also initiate a process called ‘aosis’ where it blocks the cell growth and makes them destroy themselves.
Palm Tocotrienols is known to prevent the growth of several cancers that include, skin, stomach, lung, colon, prostate, liver, pancreas, and breast cancer! Studies show that palm Tocotrienols show an especially great promise in the area of breast cancer!
In ancient Egypt, palm oil was considered a sacred food for the riches and for good reason! As this oil is loaded with antioxidants, it provides protecting effects against numerous diseases! These include Arthritis, Liver Disease, Osteoporosis, Macular Degeneration, Asthma, and Cataract!
Decreases the Risk of Neurological Disorders!
Research has shown that Tocotrienols in palm oil prevents an amino acids from killing brain cells that can cause neurological disorders!
Oxidative stress and poor blood circulation are both considered important factors that affect Brain function. Oxidative stress breeds Free Radicals that damage nerve and brain tissue. While, poor blood circulation causes the restriction of Glucose and Oxygen to the brain that is vital for brain function. However, the antioxidant,’ Tocotrienols’ prevents such situations from occurring as it improves blood circulation and reduces Oxidative stress! Thus, preventing Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Schizophrenia, and Huntington’sdisease.
Possible Health Concerns
According to the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association, Palm oil can promote the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is also said that processed palm oil results in oxidized oil that can result in toxicity in the Lungs, Heart, Liver and in the Reproductive System. Therefore researches encourage a reduction in the consumption of Oxidized palm oil and encourage the consumption of fresh (virgin) palm oil.