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