With the ever-evolving superfoods and exotic ingredients available to us, we have accepted these changes and adapted them into our lives positively. Keeping the trend going, I recently learned about palm oil and conducted some research as to the benefits of including this in our daily lives and diet.
Oil is an essential part of our diets and the daily ingredients we cook with. It is important to know that what we cook with and put in our bodies is beneficial to our present and the future of our health.
What is Palm Oil?
Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil from the fruit of oil palm trees, which is used in most of the dishes we eat on a daily basis such as pizzas, chocolate, desserts among others.
Oil Palm trees are native to Africa and was harvested in Southeast Asia over 100 years ago, since then Malaysia is one of the largest producers of Palm oil to most regions of the world.
Production of palm oil is beneficial in many ways, not only is it reasonably priced but also uses very little land area for the amount of oil produced from the crop harvested. For every 35% of Palm oil supplied globally the amount of land used is 10%.
Food Security & Palm Oil:
Production of palm oil using the land, it occupies helps in ensuring food security through access to sufficient food required for daily needs, food availability free of contamination i.e. safety through land-use efficiency that allows other crops to grow in the space any other crop would occupy solely. Production of palm oil is not only efficient but also a sustainable choice. Palm oil does not lose it’s nutritional value unlike other oils upon heating and remains fully saturated, which makes it great for usage in cooking and frying without any harm on consumption.
Benefits & Uses of Palm Oil:
Palm Oil is beneficial to our health and body in more than one way. It helps in the development of our brain, heart, great vitamin source, high blood pressure among its other benefits. Consumption of palm oil helps keep the cholesterol in check along with reducing the risk for health problems like certain heart diseases.
Palm oil is also used in developing metabolism, weight loss and many daily use items such as cosmetics, foods, medicines, and fuels. Palm oil can be used for the treatment and maintenance of healthy hair and skin as well.
Is Palms success it’s greatest enemy?
Palm oil has many benefits, uses and is one of the most efficient crops in the production of oil. However, it is also a target of many for many reasons. The situation is to be assessed and we will find out that the benefits and uses can outweigh and counter the points in the discussion. A crop like palm oil that has many benefits and has been successful in many countries already, what is stopping us from adding it to our daily usage?
Production of palm oil uses lesser pesticides, less land, and less fertilizer as compared to other crops. We should consider investing more resources into a crop and source that is so efficient and uncomplicated to grow?
To sum up, Palm oil is easily available in supermarkets and is widely accepted across many countries as a prime ingredient while cooking as a replacement to sunflower or olive oil. Palm oil is less saturated than butter and contains almost no trans-fat, also making it as an alternative to butter while cooking
Have you tried Palm oil in your cooking? I would love for you to share some yummy recipes that include palm oil!