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Opinion on palm OLEIN?

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Created March 30, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Now I've tried to find the answer to this on paleo hacks as well as google - but I have never been a technological mastermind so if the question has already been asked and answered, I apologise.

I have found some organic sweet potato chips where the ingredients listed are: sweet potato, palm olein and sea salt. I gather that (aside from ethical issues) pal oil isn't so bad, but what say you about palm olein? Is the fact it's been, I don't know, further processed, or heated, or whatever it is, a bad thing? Should it be okay in moderation or avoided alltogether?

Thanks in advance for any responses from those wiser than me :-)

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10490 · March 30, 2013 at 3:49 PM

I like this answer of some wiggle room and personal preference being acceptable. Kind of like the grey area of Larabars.

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80 · March 30, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Hayley,

It doesn't appear to be particularly harmful or anything- but I would say this may just come down to personal preference. Some folks really don't want ANY processed foods in their diet, and others make exceptions. I personally wouldn't eat anything that comes pre-packaged or is fully prepared without my involvement- but this is not "right" or "wrong" necessarily- just a matter of preference. Trust your gut (or lack thereof), and make sure YOU feel your choice is responsible and sustainable for YOUR ideal diet. Good luck!

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10490 · March 30, 2013 at 3:49 PM

I like this answer of some wiggle room and personal preference being acceptable. Kind of like the grey area of Larabars.

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41471 · March 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_oil#Refined.2C_bleached.2C_deodorized_palm_oil

Olein is the liquid fraction of palm oil. Stearin is the solid fraction. Something I hadn't heard of before, but makes sense as my unrefined palm oil bottle appears to be a solid suspended in a liquid most of the time.

So it's just a refined palm oil, could be worse I guess...

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