Q. Palm Oil vs. Palm Kernel Oil

A. They both come from palm trees, but there the similarity ends. Palm oil comes from the palm fruit, while palm kernel oil is extracted from the palm seed. And while over 80 percent of the fat in palm kernel oil is saturated, only 50 percent of palm oil is, making it easier on arteries. Palm oil's reddish or golden color is a clue that it also contains a fair amount of heart-healthy carotenoids. Some research even suggests that the fatty acids in palm oil don't raise cholesterol the way saturated fats traditionally do.


really, all of the research that claimed saturated fats are bad are outdated, and failed to look at meat vs. vegetable saturated fat. So are we still just repeating things from 50 years ago?


06/01/2014 - 9:45pm

Actually, palm kernel oil is healthier than palm oil, which is the reverse of what this article says. Palm kernel oil is much richer in medium chain fatty acids and similar to coconut oil. Both of these are heart healthy and have a neutral effect on cholesterol, as stated by the author of "The Coconut Oil Miracle," recommended reading.


06/17/2014 - 7:36pm

Please read the Wikipedia entry titled "Palm Kernel Oil" for an objective explanation. While I know Wiki can be suspect and the References are not exhaustive, it can provide a broad picture. I am no chemist, but as a home cook I know that fats which are solid or semi-solid at room temp aren't what you want in your arteries. Many years ago, a friend in our food coop advised me to "eat local". While I'm not advocating giving up wonderful fruits, veg which must be transported from afar, we should all use common sense about a non-essential food group at the top of the food pyramid. However, if you're a hedonist, then go for it. :-}


07/27/2014 - 1:24pm

Does anyone else have a rash after eating products with palm oil or palm kernel oil?


08/06/2014 - 9:06am

God is the giver of good health. I've seen very health conscious and careful eaters end up with ailments usually associated with bad eating habits while those who throw caution to the wind with their food end up being very healthy even into old age. That is not to say that we should be irresponsible in our feeding life styles.


01/04/2015 - 2:21pm

Your health more so comes from your mind than your food !


01/17/2015 - 8:24pm

Please educate yourself on the difference between saturated and unsaturated oils. The idea that saturated oils are easier on your arteries is an old tale created by the oil undustry who did a hatchet job on public perception of coconut products back the 80's. It well known now in 2015, that the reverse is true. It's the polyunsaturates that have the health destroying fats. Read raypeat.comj. Ray Peat is the physiology expert that brought back coconut oil. He is a scholar, researcher, consultant, professor of biochemistry and on and on. All unsaturated oils peroxidize in your tissues, which is a toxic destruction that degrades them. These oils interfere with the most basic and important cell function, cell respiration of oxygen. I won't even get started on what it does in your brain as it peroxidizes there. All oils break down at room temperature as soon as you open the bottle and as soon as you swallow them.

Please update your information for the sake of all concerned, care.


01/25/2015 - 7:21pm

Very True , 80 % of the results you get in google about palm oil is that that Palm oil is safer than palm kernel oil . Its been fed into our mind that saturated fat is bad for heart , Medium chain atty acid and short chain fatty acid gets digested easily it wont let to increase in Cholesterol (LDL ) . With almost 50% in Lauric acid in coconut oil and 48 % in Palm kernal oil - it has more healing properties than any other oil .
Did you know major constituent mothers milk is milk is mostly lauric acid ? Coconut oil is the only source with 50% lauric acid after mothers milk .


02/13/2015 - 9:04am

Oh no... here we go again!
Please refresh your knowledge about 'what's good for your arteries'. There is hardly any link between saturated fat consumption and atherosclerosis.


03/04/2015 - 4:05pm

I have noticed that all packaged foods especially dry contain palm kernel oil not palm oil which is better. the food industry is killing us since palm kernel oil is fattier and is harmful to our health.
How can the FDA permit this in the USA.


03/28/2015 - 2:50pm

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