Palm oil is among nature’s richest source of carotenoids, vitamin E and natural compounds important for health and nutrition.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have recognized the wholesomeness of palm oil and its suitability for widespread human consumption. Among other nutritional facts, palm oil is a natural source of Vitamins as well as supplying fatty acids and other important fat-soluble micronutrients. It also supplies an abundance of our much needed energy for our daily life.
Carotenoids are natural compounds that give palm oil its orange-red colour. Unrefined palm oil and crude palm oil are nature’s richest source of carotenoids as compared to the other vegetable oils – 15 times more than carrots, and 30 times more than tomatoes.
The most active and important form of carotenoids found in palm oil is carotene (beta-carotene).Many carotenoids contain Vitamin A which is an effective antioxidant that helps strengthens the body’s immune system and reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease and cataract. Lack of Vitamin A can lead to blindness and a variety of serious medical conditions.
Palm oil is rich in Vitamin E (tocopherols & tocotrienols). In fact, no other vegetable oil has as much Vitamin E compared to Palm Oil. Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant, capable of reducing the harmful types of oxygen molecules (free radicals) in the body. This means they may help to protect you from certain chronic diseases, while delaying the body’s aging process.
Trans-Fatty Acid (TFA) Free
Solid fats made from palm oil are better for health as they do not have to go through hydrogenation. Palm Oil’s natural state does not have Trans-Fatty Acids. Hydrogenation of oils produces TFAs along with saturated fatty acids and modifies cis-fatty acids. TFAs have been implicated by numerous scientific studies to breast cancer, colonic cancer, and heart disease. It is also believed to contribute to development of Type 2 diabetes and impairment of brain development in newborns.
Many countries today warn consumer against intake and/or even regulate the content of TFAs in foods sold in the irrespective markets. This underlines the growing recognition and concern over their negative health effects.
Another reason why you need palm oil is because it supplies fatty acids as well as important fat-soluble micronutrients like Carotenoids (including pro-vitamin A), vitamins D, E and K.
Fatty acids are raw materials for building the membranes of every cell in your body, including your bones, nerves and brain! The micronutrients keep your body cells healthy and functioning properly.