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Benefits of Red Palm Oil

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Created October 16, 2013 at 8:24 PM

I keep hearing about red palm oil. What are the benefits of it? What about palm kernel oil? Should I consider putting a jar of either of these next to my oil collection? (which rarely includes anything but EEVO, Coconut oil, and butter...)

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598 · October 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Trouble with lard is that it has lots of PUFA and I'm trying to reduce that stuff. Even eating pretty clean Paleo and avoiding nuts I regularly reach an omega 6:3 ratio of about 12:1 so I figure it's best to just reduce PUFA's and eat fish every so often.

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15 · October 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I second what jake wrote, you really don't want to overdose on carotenes.

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41544 · October 17, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Goats are ruminants though. :)

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2401 · October 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

@Matt 11

Whoops — you're quite right! Maybe I should've said hoofed animals, which includes goats.

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41544 · October 17, 2013 at 2:14 AM

Small quibble: pigs are not ruminants.

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2401 · October 17, 2013 at 12:42 AM

The body is very inefficient in converting carotenoids to vit. A. You're much better off getting this vitamin directly from organ meats or supplements.

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41544 · October 17, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Buy West African, not Southeast Asian sourced palm oils.

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41544 · October 16, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Yep, it's the vitamin E that makes red palm oil - not run of the mill vitamin E either, but rather rare in nature tocotrienols. There's actually some studies showing some really good results with tocotrienes versus tocopherols.

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15 · October 17, 2013 at 12:45 AM

I add about 1 TBSP to smoothies for the vitamin E content (150% RDA). There are a ton of different vitamin Es and this has all of them in good quantities, whereas supplements and grains usually have predominantly one type. I don't use it in cooking because of it's strong flavor, but if you used it with the right foods it would be good.

If you do decide to buy some try to find something that's eco friendly, a lot of palm oil is made by destroying orangutan habitats and planting millions of palm trees in it's place.

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2401 · October 17, 2013 at 12:45 AM

@Methodician,

Add lard from pastured pigs to your staples of fats. of all ruminants, lard's closest in composition to human fat. In addition, it won't add hardly any taste to your food. You'll have to render the lard yourself from pig fat, but it's easy.

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41544 · October 17, 2013 at 2:14 AM

Small quibble: pigs are not ruminants.

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2401 · October 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

@Matt 11

Whoops — you're quite right! Maybe I should've said hoofed animals, which includes goats.

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598 · October 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Trouble with lard is that it has lots of PUFA and I'm trying to reduce that stuff. Even eating pretty clean Paleo and avoiding nuts I regularly reach an omega 6:3 ratio of about 12:1 so I figure it's best to just reduce PUFA's and eat fish every so often.

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1262 · October 17, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Besides Vit. E, it contains 83 times the Vit. A RDA (carotenes really), and has a decent SFA/MUFA/PUFA profile (low PUFA).

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15 · October 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I second what jake wrote, you really don't want to overdose on carotenes.

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2401 · October 17, 2013 at 12:42 AM

The body is very inefficient in converting carotenoids to vit. A. You're much better off getting this vitamin directly from organ meats or supplements.

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2949 · October 16, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I also have had a small jar of red palm oil for ages. It has a distinct flavor which doesn't work with many foods.

But the main reason I won't be buying more of it is the dramatically negative environmental impact of cultivation.

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41544 · October 17, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Buy West African, not Southeast Asian sourced palm oils.

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41544 · October 16, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Red palm oil is not an easy oil to love, it's got an odd flavor that works in some cuisines but some folks don't like it. I bought a quart of it and had only consumed a pint in 2 years, it's a specialty oil.

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2302 · October 16, 2013 at 9:23 PM

I believe it's mainly used for it's Vitamin E content. The best natural source. The Perfect Health Diet reccommends supplementing with 1 tbspn once/week.

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41544 · October 16, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Yep, it's the vitamin E that makes red palm oil - not run of the mill vitamin E either, but rather rare in nature tocotrienols. There's actually some studies showing some really good results with tocotrienes versus tocopherols.

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