full of goodness
Palm oil is rich in natural compounds that are important for health and nutrition. These include carotenoids, Vitamin E and phytosterols. It also supplies an abundance of calories in the form of triglycerides that give us much-needed energy in our daily lives. Being one of the most affordable vegetable oils worldwide, palm oil has many benefits over other types of vegetable oil. In short, palm oil is better in terms of productivity, availability, health benefits, functionality and affordability combined.
the beneficial phytonutrients
Carotenoids are plant pigments responsible for bright red, yellow and orange hues in many fruits and vegetables. In oil palm fruits, they are responsible for the reddish-orange colour. Essential for the photosynthesis process, carotenoids also act as antioxidants in the human body and exhibit strong cancer-fighting and anti-inflammatory properties. Some carotenoids are also converted by the body to vitamin A, which is essential to maintain the immune system, good vision as well as normal growth and development in children.
Red palm oil is the only commercially available vegetable oil that is rich in carotenoids. It has 15 times and 50 times more carotenoids than found in a carrot and a tomato, respectively.
Vitamin E Tocotrienols -
the potent antioxidant
Palm oil is one of nature’s richest sources of Vitamin E tocotrienols. Unlike Vitamin E tocopherols, which are also present in palm oil, tocotrienols are a more powerful antioxidant that helps the human body fight aging, neurodegenerative diseases, certain types of cancer, osteoporosis and heart & liver diseases.
Rich in Calories
Palm oil is rich in calories; making it an excellent energy source for the human body. A gram of palm oil provides more than twice as much energy as both its protein and its carbohydrate equivalents.
Free of Trans-
Fatty Acid (TFA)
Being naturally semi-solid, palm oil does not require partial hydrogenation, which converts vegetable oil into semi-solid. While the process is essential for certain vegetable oils in the manufacturing of margarine or semi-solid fats, it also plays a role in the formation of trans-fats, which are highly detrimental to health.
Provider of essential fatty acids
Palm oil is a provider of essential fatty acids. It is also a source of linoleic acid (C18:2) and linolenic acid (C18:3), which are the most important essential fatty acids for the human body. These acids are associated with the beneficial omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids; respectively.