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The whole truth about palm oil: amazing facts that are not known to all!

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Palm oil is a vegetable oil derived from the meaty part of the oil palm fruit (Elaeis guineensis). The seed oil of this palm is called palm kernel oil. One of the oldest foodstuffs of mankind known in ancient Egypt.

Palm oil is a product with a rather dubious reputation. Many fighters for a healthy lifestyle believe that it should be completely excluded from the diet. The fact is that palm oil contains a high percentage of saturated fats, which increase cholesterol and contribute to the development of heart disease.

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Fruits of oil palm

Since 2015, palm oil has surpassed the production of soybean oil, rapeseed oil and ranked first among the production of vegetable oils 2.5 times ahead of the production of sunflower oil. Palm oil is often used to make lower quality food products (cheap surrogates), as the world's largest food producer Nestle buys 420,000 tons of palm oil a year, exclusively for the markets of third countries.

Palm oil is superior to sunflower oil in vitamin E in both the number and number of tocotrienols groups. By the amount of vitamin A, which is not contained in sunflower oil, palm oil is the record among products and even surpasses fish oil. Also a large amount of antioxidants in palm oil reduce the likelihood of cancer.

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Oil palm plantation

Like vegetable oils and sunflower and palm oil do not contain cholesterol. However, at the expense of palm acid, palm oil can stimulate the generation of cholesterol by the human body itself, becoming comparable in terms of the level of danger from cholesterol to butter, chocolate or fat. Some researchers do not agree with this statement and indicates that no significant difference was found in the effect on the level of cholesterol between olive and palm oils.

In addition to food, palm oil is used to produce biofuels, cosmetics, shampoos, and many other biochemistry products. The rapid growth in demand for palm oil has led to the threat of destruction of tropical forests by burning them and planting palm oil plantations in their place.

Palm oil consists of liquid and solid fractions. Due to the refractoriness of the solid fraction, the substance is very slowly excreted from the body and partially accumulates in the gastrointestinal tract.

Recently there have been many studies that refute the fact that palm oil can cause serious harm to our body. True, they should not be considered objective, since this product is actively used by the leaders of the food industry, who finance such research.

Palm oil in foods

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There are several reasons that manufacturers are guided by when adding palm oil to food. Firstly, it is a very cheap production of raw materials, secondly it is stored for a long time, and also has the ability to extend the life of products.

Most often palm oil is added to cheese, ice cream, butter, sour cream, yogurt, milk and condensed milk. At home, you can check these products for the presence of palm oil.

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Leave a small piece of cheese in a warm room. Milk cheese in such conditions dries, and palm will crack slightly.

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Spread a small amount of ice cream between your fingers. If a barely noticeable film remains on the hands, it means there is palm oil in the composition.

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Put yogurt or sour cream in the fridge, then set the temperature at 1-2 degrees. Natural dairy products at such temperatures thicken a little, but the “palm” ones do not change their consistency.

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Experts advise to taste condensed milk: they claim that non-natural condensed milk slightly bitter.

Despite the fact that palm oil is harmful to eat, it is very useful as a cosmetic for the skin. Cosmetologists around the world are actively using this substance for the preparation of nourishing masks.

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