Nutrition & Health

Nutrition & Health

DIET, HEART DISEASE AND PALM OIL : EMERGING EVIDENCE SUGGESTS A COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP

Palm oil is one of the 17 edible oils cited by Codex Alimentarius, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAQ) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as an edible oil suitable for human consumption.

Palm Olein the Golden Oil

Numerous studies have shown that in healthy, normocholesterolemic populations, diets enriched with palm olein does not adversely affect plasma lipid profiles. In fact, palm olein and MUFA-rich oils such as olive oil showed identical lipid modulation effects.

The use of red palm oil during lactation

Red palm oil is a natural minimally processed vegetable oil. It is rich in carotene and tocotrienols. Palm oil is the most widely used commercially available cooking oil with high amount of provitamin A carotenoids and vitamin E tocotrienols.

The neuroprotective potential of natural vitamin E tocotrienols

In nature, vitamin E exists in 8 different chemical forms. There are 4 tocopherol isomers (alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols) and 4 tocotrienol isomers (alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocotrienols). Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant that protects the cells from the damaging effects of free...

Palm olein has comparable effects on human lipid profile to those of other unsaturated vegetable oils

Palm olein is a notable source of cooking oil in various parts of the world, especially Africa and Asia. This liquid fraction of palm oil is higher in monounsaturated oleic acid compared to palm oil. In fact, palm olein can be fractionated further to produce palm super olein with an even higher olei...

Importance of Palm Oil in Food

Palm oil is grouped under edible oils and fats cited by CODEX Alimentarius. Fats including palm oil help to improve flavours and aroma of meals and most importantly contribute to the feeling of satiety. With a caloric contribution of 9 kcal/g, fat is an important macronutrient that fulfills importan...

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