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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.

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Don't buy palm oil because the orangutan is almost extinct due to Indonesia selling its rainforest to palm oil farming. Only buy palm oils that has the Rainforest Alliance or other sustainable certification. Orangutans are beautiful, amazing creatures. Just google all of the orphans who have lost their families due to deforestation. They are little "people."

Anonymous

10/04/2013 - 12:06am

I do not use any palm derivitive in my soap products because of the destruction of orangutan habitat. 3 football fields per hour destryed to plant palm plantations! I use babassu and other hard oils to compensate

Anonymous

08/14/2013 - 9:36pm

I do not use any palm derivitive in my soap products because of the destruction of orangutan habitat. 3 football fields per hour destryed to plant palm plantations! I use babassu and other hard oils to compensate

Anonymous

08/14/2013 - 9:34pm

Has anyone seen the destruction of the rainforests in Malaysia for the increased demand in the production of palm oil...in particular the habitats of the orang utans? Orang Utans are on the brink of extinction because of westerners using palm oil

Anonymous

07/02/2013 - 7:14am

which pigment is present in palm kernel?

Anonymous

07/01/2013 - 4:31pm

Canola oil is NOT a "franken-food". Canola was developed from rapeseed by conventional plant-breeding techniques. No gene-splicing or importing genes from other species whatsoever.

The only real problem with canola oil is that it is processed for clarity and shelf-life, which removes many of the beneficial polyphenols. Buy cold-pressed, non-clarified oil, if you can find it.

brebis

Anonymous

06/29/2013 - 11:11am

if a product has either palm kernel oil or palm oil in it might it have a coconut flavor?

Anonymous

04/05/2013 - 1:11pm

I don't know about trans fat or saturated fat but I do know that when I have something with palm oil or palm kernal oil in it I get excrutiating pain in my stomach for atleast 6hours for me these oils are just like eating poison and there is an awful lot of products that have these oils in them even so called healthy foods

Anonymous

03/11/2013 - 11:32pm

Awesome! Good to know! Stay on the looked out for a gluten-free meal replacement bar that will be hitting the market called Vukoo Bar. Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Trader Joe's, Starbucks, Costco. Next few months summer/fall 2013. Two of the three flavors will contain unsweetened carob chips with palm Kernal oil and also have shredded coconut.

Anonymous

01/12/2013 - 10:31pm

Medium chain triglycerides, such as those that predominate in palm kernel and coconut oil, are vastly different than other saturated fats with regard to how they are metabolized. MCTs require no bile production, and are metabolized much more quickly. MCT consumption can be very healthful. Franken-fats like canola oil, although polyunsaturated, are a far bigger concern.

Anonymous

12/19/2012 - 9:11pm

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