Our favorite pizza dough, lipstick, detergent, chocolate, biodiesel etc have something in common. Most of these products contain palm oil.
Palm oil is obtained from the fruit of the oil palm tree. Like coconut oil, palm oil is semi-solid at room temperature. It is one of the least expensive and most popular oils worldwide.
•Palm oil is used as a supplement for preventing vitamin A deficiency, brain disease, cancer, malaria and aging.
•It is also used to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, dementia, and cyanide poisoning.
•Palm oil is used for weight loss and for increasing the body’s metabolism.
•As food, palm oil is used for cooking and frying.
•It is also an ingredient in many processed foods and found in animal feed and as a biofuel in many parts of the world.
Industrially, palm oil is used for manufacturing cosmetics, soaps, toothpaste, waxes, lubricants, and ink. However, it is a highly contentious food.
Its low production costs make it cheaper than other frying oils like olive oil and mustard oil. It is free from trans fats, so cooking with palm oil makes it a healthier option.
People are driven apart from the importance, richness and benefits of palm oil because of the marketing techniques of it’s competitors.
Also, since they are clean, environment friendly, health friendly and sustainable with minimum cost of production, people eagerly want it as a substitute of expensive oils like olive oil. This makes it controversial for people to figure out the proper way to use palm oil that is least harmful to economy & environment.
Palm oil is likely to be safe while consumed via mouth in food amounts.
Palm oil is also said to be safe when used as a medicine, or for short-term use. Taking 7-10 grams daily for up to 6 months seems to be safe.
Companies like Nestle, Unilever, Starbucks, L’Oreal etc are promoting & encouraging sustainable productions and use of palm oil.
Palm oil is an incredibly efficient crop, producing more oil per land area than any other equivalent vegetable oil crop and it’s vital for the GDP of growing economies.
By boosting socio-economic development, palm oil has also helped to reduce inequalities between urban and rural populations. If you choose soybean oil, you will need 600 million hectares of farmland. Choosing palm oil on the other hand, will only require 50 million hectares of farmland.
Palm oil is so far ahead in terms of productivity! A lesson for those who call for replacing palm oil, remember food security and land use. Oil palm is the best option, by far.

Round-table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) developed a certification for sustainable palm oil.We can purchase palm oil from ethical, RSPO-certified brands for contributing in sustainable use.

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