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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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Dear "orangutans" and "rainforest" lover, instead of caring about oragutans, we also need to feed humans here, the countries producing palm oil actually have high population of poor people.

Anonymous

04/17/2014 - 11:52pm

..Um, you said "Indonesia is decimating it's own rainforest", which means that Indonesia is only destroying 10% of it's rainforest. Try 'destroying' or 'annihilating' instead.

Anonymous

04/13/2014 - 6:22pm

Don't buy any product that contains palm oil from the Asian countries. Indonesia is decimating it's own rainforest which is habitat not only to orangutans but many creatures instead of farming the trees responsibly on already cleared land. I won't buy anything from an Asian country anymore because of their continued support of practices than are killing the planets tigers, elephants, rhinos, other big cats and I am sure species I have left out - they are abominable people for allowing this to continue.

Anonymous

03/27/2014 - 12:46pm

Whoever thinks carbs are what makes saturated fat bad is...(if you have nothing good to say don't say it). Stick with unsat fats that your body can use never trans and very limited sat if you must.

Anonymous

02/23/2014 - 1:11pm

IS IT A NUT?

Anonymous

01/05/2014 - 8:23am

We are all concerned about loss of orangutan habitat. Buy responsibly/sustainably grown red palm oil from West Africa (a traditional product there) or central/South America. Nutiva is a good brand.

Anonymous

11/14/2013 - 5:11pm

I think this question has been asked but I couldn't find a reply to it. If a recipe calls for Palm oil, can it be substituted for Palm kernel without running it through a lye calc. Would that be the same for Babassu oil?

Anonymous

11/08/2013 - 8:36pm

I have a question. It seems like that question has already been asked but I didn;t see any reply to it. If a recipe calls for Palm oil can it be substituted for Palm kernel without running the recipe through a lye calc. Would it be the same with Babassu oil? Thank you

Anonymous

11/08/2013 - 7:58pm

Wow ... saturated fat increases saturated fat in the blood? Please show me a study that reveals that with low carb intake. Don't blame the saturated fat ... blame the carbs for driving it there. Isn't it all about insulin, really?

Anonymous

10/22/2013 - 11:44am

"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."

FALSE... Canola/rapeseed is one of the 4 allowed crops in Canada that is GMO, and also why i have completely cut it out of my diet.

Anonymous

10/08/2013 - 12:09am

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