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Palm Oil – Bramble Berry

Posted on : 29-08-2016 | By : admin | In : Palm Oil



Palm Oil – Palm oil is produced from the fruit of the oil palm, or Elaeis Guinnesis tree, which originated in West Guinea. Currently, Malaysia is the largest exporter of Palm Oil in the world. Our Palm oil is physically refined without the use of chemical solvents, thereby reducing the risk of residue contamination. Palm oil is used in cold process soap to add to the hardness of the bar and is typically replaced for tallow in all vegetable oil recipes.

Palm Oil is comprised of liquid and solid oils. Because of this, it is important to fully melt and stir your palm until it is clear before using it so that it is the right mix of oils every time.

In keeping with our social and ethical responsibility goals, our Palm oil supplier is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an organization that supports sustainable palm oil production. For more information see their website here.

Note:Yes! These bags are boilable! Please make sure that you use ourDouble Boiler Makerso the plastic doesn’t melt on direct contact with the metal of the hot pan. Here is a post about how to melt the oil in a double boiler!

NOTE: the 5 gallon pail holds 35 lbs weight of oil Ingredients:Botanical Name: Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil Common Name: Palm Oil

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Palm oil | Greenpeace UK

Posted on : 16-10-2015 | By : admin | In : Palm Oil


Fruit from the oil palm Greenpeace/Solness

Our consumption of palm oil is rocketing: compared to levels in 2000, demand is predicted to more than double by 2030 and to triple by 2050. Over 70 per cent ends up in food, but the biofuels industry is expanding rapidly. Indonesia already has 6 million hectares of oil palm plantations, but has plans for another 4 million by 2015 dedicated to biofuel production alone.

Commitments from various governments to increase the amount of biofuels being sold are pushing this rise in demand, because they’re seen as an attractive quick fix to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By 2020, 10 per cent of fuel sold in the EU will be biofuel and China expects 15 per cent of its fuel to be grown in fields, while India wants 20 per cent of its diesel to be biodiesel by 2012. The irony is that these attempts to reduce the impact of climate change could actually make things worse – clearing forests and draining and burning peatlands to grow palm oil will release more carbon emissions than burning fossil fuels.

But this phenomenal growth of the palm oil industry spells disaster for local communities, biodiversity, and climate change as palm plantations encroach further and further into forested areas. This is happening across South East Asia, but the problem is particularly acute in Indonesia which has been named in the 2008 Guinness Book of Records as the country with fastest rate of deforestation. The country is also the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, largely due to deforestation.

Much of the current and predicted expansion oil palm expansion in Indonesia is taking place on forested peatlands. Peat locks up huge amounts of carbon, so clearing peatlands by draining and burning them releases huge greenhouse gases. Indonesia’s peatlands, cover less than 0.1 per cent of the Earth’s surface, but are already responsible for 4 per cent of global emissions every year. No less than ten million of Indonesia’s 22.5 million hectares of peatland have already been deforested and drained.

Industry efforts to bring this deforestation under control have come through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). It was set up in 2001 to establish clear ethical and ecological standards for producing palm oil, and its members include high-street names like Unilever, Cadbury’s, Nestl and Tesco, as well as palm oil traders such as Cargill and ADM. Together, these companies represent 40 per cent of global palm oil trade.

But since then, forest destruction has continued. Many RSPO members are taking no steps to avoid the worst practices associated with the industry, such as large-scale forest clearance and taking land from local people without their consent. On top of this, the RSPO actually risks creating the illusion of sustainable palm oil, justifying the expansion of the palm oil industry.

Our investigations – detailed in our report Cooking The Climate – found evidence that RSPO members are still relying on palm oil suppliers who destroy rainforests and convert peatlands for their plantations. One member – Duta Palma, an Indonesian palm oil refiner – has rights to establish plantations on land which theoretically is protected by law.

There are ways to stop this. A moratorium on converting forest and peatland into oil palm plantations will provide breathing space to allow long-term solutions to be developed, while restoring deforested and degraded peatland provides a relatively cheap, cost effective way to make huge reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in Indonesia. And governments around the world have to recognise the role deforestation plays in climate change, providing funds to help countries with tropical forests to protect their resources as well as reducing their own CO2 emissions.

For more information on our campaign and the issues behind it, read the FAQ on palm oil, forests and climate change.

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Palm oil | Greenpeace UK

OEC – Palm Oil

Posted on : 15-10-2015 | By : Waleeporn Jaidee | In : Palm Oil


$35.8B Exports 90th of 1239 -2.067 Product Complexity 1185th of 1239 IDN Top Exporter IND Top Importer Exporters

This treemap shows the share of countries that export Palm Oil.

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This treemap shows the share of countries that import Palm Oil.

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This visualization shows products that are likely to be exported by countries that export Palm Oil.

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This treemap shows the municipalities in Brazil that export Palm Oil.

DataViva is a visualization tool that provides official data on trade, industries, and education throughout Brazil. If you would like more info or to create a similar site get in touch with us at oec@media.mit.edu.

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This treemap shows the municipalities in Brazil that import Palm Oil. . DataViva is a visualization tool that provides official data on trade, industries, and education throughout Brazil. If you would like more info or to create a similar site get in touch with us at oec@media.mit.edu.

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WWF What is palm oil?

Posted on : 12-10-2015 | By : admin | In : Palm Oil


Palm oil is a common ingredient of margarines, biscuits, breads, breakfast cereals, instant noodles, shampoos, lipsticks, candles, detergents, chocolates and ice creams.

The list of products that rely on the unique properties of palm oil is long, with one estimate suggesting that about a half of all packaged items found in supermarkets contain it.

In fact, palm oil is now the most widely used vegetable oil on the planet, accounting for 65 per cent of all vegetable oil traded internationally.

By 2020, the use of palm oil is expected to double, as the worlds population increases and as people especially in countries like China and India become more affluent and consume more manufactured goods containing palm oil.

Clearing land for oil palm plantations has led to widespread deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia as well as other regions. This has pushed many species to the brink of extinction, such as rhinos, elephants, orang-utans and tigers.

In some cases, forest clearance has forced indigenous peoples off their land, deprived them of their livelihoods and reduced essential ecosystem services such as clean water and fertile soil.

Globally, the destruction of tropical forests is a major contributor to climate change, as felled and burned trees and vegetation release methane and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Moreover, because fire is often used as a cheap and quick means to clear land for oil palm plantations, the resulting air pollution can block out the sun and threaten human health both near and far.

In recent years, almost a fifth of oil palm expansion in Indonesia and Malaysia has taken place on peat swamps. When these peat swamps are cleared and drained they release enormous amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Up to 66 per cent of all climate change emissions from oil palm plantations come from the 17 per cent of plantations on carbon-rich peat soils.

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil, high in saturated fats, derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree. It is grown commercially in several tropical countries but mainly in Indonesia and Malaysia, which account for 85% of global palm oil production.

The palm fruit yields two distinct oils palm oil and palm kernel oil. Palm oil is extracted from the pulp of the fruit, is edible and used primarily in food products. Palm kernel oil is extracted from the seed of the fruit and is used mainly in the manufacture of soaps and cosmetics, while palm kernel expeller (PKE) is used as a feed for livestock and as biofuel for generating electricity.

Oil palm is highly productive, capable of yielding more oil from less land than any other vegetable oil, with relatively modest inputs. As a result, palm oil production has become an important source of income and a major part of the economy in the regions where it is grown, providing livelihoods for local communities and helping to lift people out of poverty.

Yes. Around 18 per cent of the worlds palm oil production was certified sustainable in 2014, up from 10 per cent in 2011. Through WWFs Market Transformation Initiative we are working to shift palm oil markets away from unsustainable practices and ensure that the industry can grow and prosper without sacrificing any more tropical forests.

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What is Palm Oil? (with pictures) – wiseGEEK

Posted on : 10-10-2015 | By : Waleeporn Jaidee | In : Palm Oil


Palm oil is an oil that is extracted from the fruit of the palm oil tree, an African palm which has been cultivated for centuries for its useful oil. In addition to oil, the tree also yields palm-kernel oil, which is extracted from the seeds. Pure palm oil is widely available in Africa and Southeast Asia, and sometimes in specialty markets in other places, and products which contain it are also very common.

To extract the oil, the fruit of the palm oil tree is collected and pressed, yielding a rich, dark-red oil that is high in carotene. When it is exposed to heat through processing and cooking, it rapidly loses the carotene, turning a pale creamy color. Producers can sell the pure oil, or use a fractional distillation process to extract various components that have a variety of uses.

Palm oil is high in saturated fat, and it is often very close to solid at room temperature, unless it is specially treated. The high saturated fat also makes it a great cooking oil, because it is able to withstand very high heat, and it will not break down or change when heated. However, this also makes palm oil a less than ideal oil health-wise, because saturated fat is generally believed to be harmful when consumed in large amounts.

Many processed foods contain palm oil, which is viewed as a cheap, efficient, and highly stable oil by food manufacturers. In addition to being used in cooking, it can also be used in a number of industrial processes. Many cosmetics companies use it as a cheap replacement for more expensive natural oils in things like soaps and moisturizers. Palm oil creates the desired texture without the expense, although it also lacks many of the beneficial compounds which make these products good for the skin.

As of 2007, palm oil was the most widely produced vegetable oil in the world. It is made in many parts of Africa and Asia, and in parts of Latin America as well. Many native populations rely on it as a cheap and reliable source of fuel for cooking, heat, and lighting, which has become a problem, due to its rising cost. Increased demand has caused this oil to become much more costly, putting it out of the reach of some of the poorest people in the world.

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What is Palm Oil? (with pictures) – wiseGEEK

Riot on the plantation | Al Jazeera America

Posted on : 05-10-2015 | By : admin | In : Palm Oil


What followed next was a series of accusations, each more bizarre than the one before. A group called the Citizens of Butaw Residing in Monrovia issued a statement that said arrested villagers had revealed tales of torture. The next day, a man named Dennis Jabbah, a self-described community representative, wrote that the riot had in fact been masterminded by Brownell himself, who had not visited the community in over a year. The Butaw Welfare and Development Association, or BWDA, responded that Brownell could not visit them due to an assassination attempt in 2014 by GVL security and that Jabbahs claims were influenced by monthly stipends he received from the company.

Golden Veroleum is a country by itself, wrote Saydee Monboe, the spokesman of the BWDA. They control the police. They control our lawmakers. They control some of the local chiefs and they are the Republic of Golden Veroleum.

GVL responded that it reserve[d] the right to pursue legal avenues. It characterized the alleged assassination attempt against Brownell as highly inflammatory and nonsensical and challenged the role of the lawyer in the dispute, noting that A-Bloteh itself decided to engage GVL directly, without their lawyer, from September 2013 onward.

The strategy of all parties has been to discredit the authority of their opponent to act on behalf of the community. Its a reasonable approach, given that much of the RSPO process unfolds through highly orchestrated meetings between communities and investors, at which a few elected individuals represent the interests of the many. Discrediting the authority of someone to speak can remove that person from the negotiating process altogether. The complaint against GVL has always been challenging, but according to Krishnan, This incident, meaning the riot, has made things more complex than ever before.

‘If you look at the history of Malaysia, the alleviation of poverty has a direct link with the rise of palm oil in the region.’

Ravin Krishnan, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

The only person whose authority has not been called into question is Manewahs. Almost all of the correspondence regarding the riot and its immediate aftermath notes that Manewah was not involved. Yet his name remained on the writ of arrest, in which GVL is listed as the plaintiff.

According to Manewah, both government officials and company representatives have encouraged A-Bloteh to stop working with Brownell because he is creating a deadlock. But they need a lawyers help, explains Manewah. In Liberia, Brownell is a controversial character. But removing him would leave the community without legal representation. If Alfred Brownell doesnt appear here, how will we understand the situation?

If it were true that the government and the company are encouraging the community not to work with Brownell, says Krishnan, it would violate the principles of the RSPO: The community is under an obligation to get independent legal advice. But, he cautions, the truth in these situations can be hard to ascertain. It depends on who you are talking to.

Krishnan acknowledges that in Liberia, palm oil plantations have not been universally welcomed. Some people are for it, some are against it, he says. But if you look at the history of Malaysia, the alleviation of poverty has a direct link with the rise of palm oil in the region. The people who are establishing these plantations, he says, hope to repeat that in Liberia.

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Palm Oil: maybe not such a good idea after all – Human …

Posted on : 25-09-2015 | By : Waleeporn Jaidee | In : Palm Oil


There are two things that you can be certain of when it comes to palm oil: 1) business is booming and 2) orangutans hate palm oil (if they could speak to us, Im confident thats what they would say). We can now add another certainty to that: palm oil causes low-grade inflammation that is linked to insulin resistance, obesity and other metabolic diseases that are partially mediated by our resident gut microbes.

Palm oil is touted as a panacea for everything ranging from a route out of poverty for small-scale farmers, a sustainable biofuel, and for its powerful nutritional virtues. However, palm oil plantations are linked to unsustainable deforestation throughout the world that aside from the obvious biosphere issues is reducing livable habitat for orangutans to the point that some are calling it genocide.

Source: FAO

Consumer demand or maybe that should be manufacturer demand for palm oil has resulted in palm oil in one of every two packaged products in the super market! You can find it in baked goods, cereals, crisps, sweets, margarine and popular soaps and cosmetics to name a few. Often listed under a dizzying number of names, like palmate and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, its not always easy to spot. Red palm oil has become very popular among the more affluent, both for its taste, cool red color, and superior antioxidant load. The Red palm oil is derived from the fleshy part of the fruit hence its red color while the clear stuff comes from the whitish kernel in the center. Or you can refine Red palm oil down to a clear version (but in the process, you lose some of the goodness).

I have discussed elsewhere (here and here) the potential impact of a high-fat diet and changes in your gut microbial ecosystem that can (does) lead to low-grade inflammation that furthers leads to insulin resistance, obesity and other issues. In short, high-fat intake shifts the gut microbiota and increases the translocation of lipopolysaccharides (LPS) or endotoxins from your gut into your blood, which then triggers inflammation and then the cascade of problems start.

These high-fat-increases-endotoxin-load-in-serum studies used varying amounts and types of fat with no particular emphasis on the type of fat being used. These researchers also, due to the nature of the research and the questions being asked, used what some might consider unrealistic levels of fat in the mouse or human diet being tested. Levels you would not see in a free-living human population. This research reality is simply a function of the researchers exploring cause and effect and in order to do so, need to dial it up a bit to get any meaningful shifts in the data. In either case, the outcomes are still informative.

Researchers in France decided to address both of these issues in a recent study among mice fed proportional and realistic levels of fat and tested oils with differing fatty acid composition (albeit in mice). The fats/oils tested included milk fat, palm oil, rapeseed (canola) oil, or sunflower oil.

Regardless of which fat the mice received, fat content as a percentage of diet was maintained at 22.4% (or, 38% of the energy of the diet). Mice were randomly divided into five groups (8 mice per group), and fed one of the five diets (one was a control i.e., normal mice chow not spiked with fat). Fast forwarding a bit, the researchers found that depending on which oil the mice received, it could change the levels of endotoxins in serum (impaired gut) and increase markers of inflammation (not so good).

Turns out, that compared to a high-fat diet formulated with either milk fat, rapeseed oil, or sunflower oil, one that includes palm oil resulted in higher inflammation in plasma and adipose tissue as measured by a number of markers. Interestingly, rapeseed oil resulted in much lower inflammation. (Would encourage folks that are interested in the subject to read the detailed study themselves, and related).

In this study, researchers used refined non-hydrogenated palm oil, not oil from the kernel. That is, Red palm oil without the red. If you are concerned about low-grade inflammation, then you might want to think twice about forking out the extra money for the fancy palm oil and might want to check the ingredient labels a little closer as well. Or maybe it doesnt matter at all. Maybe the differences between the inflammation triggered by one fatty acid over the other is insignificant. Maybe they should have used more mice, or heated the oil. Maybe mouse studies dont matter. More studies are needed.

In either case, thinking twice about Palm oil might please the orangutans.

Palm Oil: maybe not such a good idea after all – Human …


Posted on : 25-09-2015 | By : Waleeporn Jaidee | In : Palm Oil


A modern oil palm plantation needs a grower who has learned how to cultivate oil palms.

Growing selected oil palms is not just a matter of picking the fruit; it is a modern crop. The grower must learn how to do his work well. The grower should ask for advice, so that he learns to do better and better.

The grower must think about his work and plan it, so that he can always do his work at the right time. Selected oil palms give the grower much more work than the natural trees, but they yield much more.

An oil palm grower is a modern farmer. With the money he earns he can buy for his family what they need, and he can modernize his farm.

An oil palm begins to produce 3 or 4 years after it has been planted. During that time the grower must spend money and work hard, without harvesting any fruit or earning any money.

To make a modern oil palm plantation takes money.

Most often you will have to pay workmen for clearing the site of the plantation and removing tree stumps.

Then you must buy seedlings and fertilizers. Unless you apply fertilizers to the oil palms when they are still young, they will not grow well and you will have to wait a longer time before you can begin to harvest.

You may also have to pay workers to help you look after the young plantation. Weeds must not be allowed to get in the way of the oil palms, and the trees must be protected from damage by rats and agoutis.

All this work takes a lot of time, and this means that you may not have enough time to look after large fields of food crops. You may have to buy food for your family. Before you start an oil palm plantation, you must calculate carefully whether you will be able to pay all these expenses.

To grow oil palms takes a lot of work.

Before planting your oil palms, you have to clear the forest and remove the tree stumps. Then it takes a lot of time to sow the cover crop, dig holes in the plantation, take the seedlings out of the nursery, carry them to the plantation and plant them.

All this work needs to be carefully done; you must take your time. Never hurry if you want to be successful with your plantation.

Once the oil palms are planted, you must put wire netting around the young trees, you must spread fertilizer and keep watch over the plantation. Young oil palms need a lot of care. It is better to make a smaller plantation, but look after it carefully.

Once the oil palms have begun to produce, the fruit must be harvested at the right moment. If you cannot pick the fruit at the right moment, it becomes too ripe, many clusters will drop and the quality of the fruit will be less good.

4. To grow oil palms takes much time and much care.

Do not try to cultivate too large an area, or the work will be badly done. It is better to cultivate a small plantation and to do the work well. A small plantation that is well looked after can yield more than a large plantation that is badly looked after.

The oil palm may have a very long life.

It is important to know about the life of the oil palm. If you know all about the life of the oil palm, you will understand better how to cultivate them. If you do not take care of the seeds, they will germinate only after several years. At the research stations, the seeds are kept in a room where it is always very hot. This makes the seeds germinate sooner, after 90 to 100 days.

Each seed germinated is planted in a small plastic container. A new leaf grows every month. The young seedling stays in the container for 4 to 5 months. When you see a left with two points (bifid leaf) coming up, transplant the seedling out into the nursery.

The seedling stays in the nursery for 1 year. When it has about 15 green leaves, it is planted in the palm grove. The seedling is therefore 16 to 18 months old when it is ready to be planted in the palm grove.

When the young oil palm has been planted in the palm grove, it produces male flowers. The flowers form at the base of each leaf. For several months, the oil palm produces only male flowers. After that, for several months, it produces only female flowers.

The male flowers are grouped in spikes. The female flowers form other spikes. The male flowers fertilize the female flowers. Fertilized female flowers turn into a cluster of fruit.

The oil palm has no branches.

It has a trunk and leaves. The trunk, sometimes called a stipe, is the stem of the palm. At the tip of the stem there is one bud – one only: This is the growing point, which makes the oil palm live and grow.

If the growing point dies, the tree dies as well.

The growing point of the adult oil palm produces 20 to 25 leaves every year. It is most important that the growing point should produce many leaves, because there will be a flower at the base of each leaf. If there are many leaves, there will be many flowers. And if there are many flowers, there will be many clusters of fruit.

The oil palm grows well and produces a lot in regions where it is very hot, where the sun is very strong, and where it rains a great deal.

The clusters consist of spikelets.

The spikelets contain the fruit. Before getting the oil out of the fruit, the fruit must be separated from the spikelets.

The fruits of the oil palm consist of the following parts: Pulp: the pulp is yellow; when the pulp is crushed it yields palm oil. Seed: inside the shell of the seed is the kernel; when the kernel is crushed, it yields palm kernel oil. The kernel also contains the germ.

The fruits of all oil palms are not the same.

They are not all of the same size.

The pulp is not equally thick in all of them.

The shell is not equally thick.

Some kernels have no shell at all.

There are different varieties of oil palm:

dura palms have kernels with a thick shell;

pisifera palms have kernels with no shell;

tenera palms have kernels with a thin shell.

When oil palms bear many and large fruit clusters, they yield a lot of oil.

But to get a lot of oil, each fruit must also contain a lot of pulp, a shell that is not very thick, and a big kernel.

Research stations have developed varieties of oil palm which produce many large clusters with fruits that have a lot of pulp, a thin shell and a big kernel. These are selected oil palms.

In order to get a lot of oil, the female flowers of a dura palm are fertilized with the pollen from a pisifera palm. Once they are fertilized, the female flowers turn into fruits. These fruits are of the tenera variety.

The fruits of the tenera palm have a lot of pulp, a thin shell and a big kernel.

In traditional farming, nobody cultivates oil palms.

People simply pick the clusters of fruit from the oil palms that grow in the forest.

But these oil palms produce little. The oil is extracted by traditional methods, and a lot of oil is left in the pulp and the kernel. But nowadays oil palms are grown on modem plantations. These contain selected oil palms with big yields. The clusters of fruit are sold to mills which extract all the oil from the pulp and the kernels.

These oil palm plantations bring in money

for the growers who sell the fruit,

for the workers who work in the mills,

for the government which can sell the oil to foreign countries.

The growers can also earn money by raising beef cattle. Beef cattle can be fed with the green fodder from the cover crop grown in the palm groves. The grower can also feed his cattle with palm-kernel oil cake, that is, what is left over after extraction of the palm kernel oil. Palm-kernel oil cake is a protein-rich food.

Oil palms are cultivated in the regions where they grow well and where there are oil mills.

To repary the grower the oil palm needs a region:

Where it is hot all the year round The oil palm grows well where it is hot all the year round: between 25 and 28 degrees C. If the temperature drops, the oil palm produces fewer leaves and is more often attacked by diseases. It therefore yields less. A hot temperature enables the oil palm to make many leaves and to produce many clusters of fruit.

A lot of sunshine Where there is a lot of sunshine, there will be strong photosynthesis, provided the oil palm is in soil which gives it water and mineral salts. The leaves grow large, the fruit ripens well, and there is more oil in the fruits.

Plentiful rain If it does not rain much, or if it does not rain for several months, the leaves do not grow well. If there are few new leaves, there are few flowers and few clusters of fruit. There is less yield.

Where the soil is flat, deep, permeable and rich.

The oil palm needs a flat soil. If the soil is not flat, transport is difficult and costs a lot. Erosion is severe; the water carries away the earth.

The oil palm needs a deep soil. The roots of the oil palm cannot develop il they meet a hard layer. They cannot take up water and mineral salts that are deep down. If the oil palm does not have enough water, yields are low.

The oil palm needs a permeable soil. The oil palm does not grow well if water remains around its roots for too long.

The oil palm needs a rich soil. In order to produce many large clusters of fruit, the oil palm needs a lot of mineral salts. If the soil is poor, mineral salts can be added by applying fertilizers.

Where there are oil mills.

With traditional methods, a lot of oil is left in the pulp and the kernels. The machines of the oil mills extract all the oil contained in the pulp and the kernels.

Selected oil palms produce many clusters of fruit. To get all the oil out of these clusters yourself, you would have to spend a lot of time. Before planting selected oil palms, make sure you can sell the fruit clusters to a mill.

Where business companies or extension services can give the grower advice.

It takes much money and work to make an oil palm plantation. The grower must use modern methods in order to pay for his expenses and earn money. He will need advice on:

how to choose the site for his plantation

how densely to plant it

how to look after the plantation

how to apply fertilizers

how to protect the oil palms against disease

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Is Palm Oil Good for You? : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Posted on : 25-09-2015 | By : Waleeporn Jaidee | In : Palm Oil


It’s easy to get answers about health and nutrition! Just send your question by email to askdrgourmet@drgourmet.com and Dr. Harlan will respond to selected questions of general interest. Answers will be posted in the Ask Dr. Gourmet newsletter (sign up now!) and archived in the Ask Dr. Gourmet section of the website.

Please note that the Ask Dr. Gourmet feature is restricted to questions regarding food and nutrition. Due to the many questions we receive, not all questions may be answered. For more specific questions about your individual health, please contact your doctor. About Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy

With all these trans fat free products now on grocery shelves, I have noticed that hydrogenated soybean oil has been replaced with palm oil. This palm oil is in a lot of products that are supposed to be good for you. Example peanut butter, and some Kashi bars. I was told by my doctor not to eat anything that has coconut oil or palm kernel oil in it. Is this palm oil safe to eat, or is it as harmful as the other bad oils?

Your doctor is correct and you should avoid foods that have coconut oil or palm kernel oil. Both are high in saturated fat and there’s good reason to minimize your intake of saturated fats.

Palm oil is taken from the fruit of the palm, however. Palm kernel oil is pressed from the seeds (kernels) of the fruit and is much higher in saturated fat – at about 80% vs. only 50% in palm oil. Palm oil also has a higher ratio of “good fats” though, and early research shows that palm oil has similar effects on cholesterol profiles (total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol) as olive oil.

So you should be safe with products like the peanut butter and Kashi bars that contain palm oil and not palm kernel oil.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP Dr. Gourmet

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Palm Oil | Industries | WWF – World Wildlife Fund

Posted on : 21-09-2015 | By : admin | In : Palm Oil


Grown only in the tropics, the oil palm tree produces high-quality oil used primarily for cooking in developing countries. It is also used in food products, detergents, cosmetics and, to a small extent, biofuel. Palm oil is a small ingredient in the U.S. diet, but more than half of all packaged products Americans consume contain palm oilits found in lipstick, soaps, detergents and even ice cream.

Palm oil is a very productive crop. It offers a far greater yield at a lower cost of production than other vegetable oils. Global production of and demand for palm oil is increasing rapidly. Plantations are spreading across Asia, Africa and Latin America. But such expansion comes at the expense of tropical forestswhich form critical habitats for many endangered species and a lifeline for some human communities.

WWF envisions a global marketplace based on socially acceptable and environment-friendly production and sourcing of palm oil. We aim to encourage increased demand for, and use of, goods produced using such practices.

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