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What's the Word on Palm Oil?

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Created January 30, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Has anyone cooked with palm oil before?

What are the benefits and the drawbacks?

Does it have its place in a Paleo diet?

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2633 · January 31, 2011 at 5:58 AM

Yes, but not because of food production. It is from bio-diesel mandates in Europe.

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1591 · January 30, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Yes, palm oil farming is extremely destructive, and is endangering many large mammals including the Sumatran Tiger and the Sumatran Orangutan. The plantations are becoming huge problems. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_palm_oil

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4359 · January 30, 2011 at 4:12 PM

There's a difference between palm oil and palm kernel oil. I think the kernel oil has less polyunsaturated fat, but somebody should confirm.

One big problem (if you care about these sorts of things) is that African Palms grow in tropical places and, thus, cultivation of African Palms usually involves cutting down rainforest/tropical jungle, which are very biodiverse environments teeming with life...

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2633 · January 31, 2011 at 5:58 AM

Yes, but not because of food production. It is from bio-diesel mandates in Europe.

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1591 · January 30, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Yes, palm oil farming is extremely destructive, and is endangering many large mammals including the Sumatran Tiger and the Sumatran Orangutan. The plantations are becoming huge problems. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_palm_oil

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3690 · January 30, 2011 at 3:48 PM

The natural red palm oil is good for you, highly saturated and packed full of vitamin E.

Here's an interesting article by Mark Sisson: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/palm-oil-nutrition/

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531 · January 30, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Jungle Products has an organic red palm oil you can buy at Whole Foods, or health stores. Supposedly excellent for you, and I believe Paleo consistent. Theirs does not come from plantations. I find the taste pretty icky though. Coats your tongue and has a strange aftertaste to me.

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