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Palm Oil Benefits and Its Many Uses

By Dr.jenifer Sayyed @SayyedJenifer

Do you know 1gram of palm oil= 9 kilocalories of energy

Palm oil is very rich in calories that give us much-needed energy for our daily life.

It is also rich in natural chemical compounds important for health and nutrition. Palm oil has one of the highest content of Vitamin E and also carotenoids, which are antioxidants.

  • 15 times more carotenoids than carrots and 30 times than tomatoes
  • Rich source of Vitamin A, which helps in boosting the immune system
  • 100% free of genetic modification (GM)

Palm oil exists in our everyday life and has many nutritional benefits which are essential for a healthy life.


Health Benefits of Palm Oil

Palm oil has the highest content of Vitamin E containing Tocotrienol which is one of its components. Several studies have shown that tocotrienols have unique biological properties including higher antioxidants and provide greater health benefits.

1)  Hair Health

Studies reveal that palm oil induces hair growth.

2)   Neuro Health

Palm oil protects neurons due to their antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory action.

3)  Heart Health

It helps in reducing cholesterol and prevents the formation of atherosclerotic lesions.

4)  Peptic Ulcer Therapy

Prevents the gastric ulcer disease and reduces oxidative stress which forms gastric lesions.

5)  Bone Health

Palm oil protects against osteoporosis and improves bone health.

6)  Muscle Health

It helps in muscle degeneration in aging and muscular disease.

7)  Skin Health

Due to its anti-oxidant properties, it reduces wrinkles. It also increases skin moisture and elasticity and promotes healthy skin.

It protects against harmful UVA that causes skin aging.

8)  Boosts immunity

It helps in increasing the concentration and boosts immune health.

Palm Oil Benefits and its Many usesPC: mpoc.org

MANY USES OF PALM OIL

There are many uses of palm oil which is used in our everyday life.

Food products

Palm oil is found in almost 50% of food products- from chocolates to biscuits, cakes, cookies and peanut butter to ice-cream.

  • Cooking oil- It is the largest cooking oil consumed in India and globally. It does not leave any unpleasant taste in food. Ideal for cooking as it is stable at high temperatures.
  • Margarine- It does not need to undergo the hydrogenation process which produces trans fat.

Non Food Products

  • Personal Care Products and Cosmetics- Palm oil is present in lipstick, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant.
  • Household Cleaning Products- It is there in laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and household detergents.
  • Industrial Products- In Printing Ink, Paint, pesticides.

Economic and environmental sustainability

Apart from the palm oil uses, it helps in economic and environmental sustainability as it requires less land, fewer fertilizers, and fewer pesticides than any other oilseed crop.


Evidence and the facts

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have both acknowledged the importance of palm oil.

Last year we had attended an insightful session on palm oil and many myths and misconceptions related to it were cleared and guided us with the real facts.

I had shared in my previous post about palm oil, the evidence, and the facts.

To make it easier, kindly go through the below chart for a better understanding. I hope this will clear your doubts and for more details and clarification, read here in detail.

Palm Oil Benefits and its Many usesPC: edupalm.org

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*Reference; mpoc.org, edupalm.org

*Disclaimer– Sponsored post.The content in this post is purely meant for educational purpose only and 
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