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     Amy Fuller updated 1 month, 1 week ago 2 Members · 3 Posts
  • Amy Fuller

    January 23, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    I would love some input on palm oils! I have been thinking of experimenting with it in cooking. I noticed several palm oils are hydrogenated. For sure, I want to stay away from that! Is palm oil healthful and if so what things should I watch for when purchasing it?

  • Katrina

    January 23, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Yes, palm oil is definitely one of those confusing topics and has gotten mixed reviews. It is primarily a saturated fat so it is stable and actually good for cooking. Red palm oil is especially a wonderfully nutritious food, full of antioxidants and good fats that can provide protective properties to the human body. Red palm oil is minimally processed, plant-based oil that naturally contains tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E), and carotenoids (vitamin A)—which gives the oil its red color.

    Just look for the qualities discussed in You Are What You Eat in terms of quality and this is a great choice! Look for palm oil from Malaysia as that will be responsibly sourced (which is part of the controversy over this oil) and will be clean in terms of pesticides. Since it is an ingredient in many processed foods, it may be hard to tell where it is from and there may be some issues then so keep that in mind.

    It’s a great idea to branch out and get diversity in your diet, whether we are talking about veggies or fats, and this is a great way to start doing that!

  • Amy Fuller

    January 23, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you so much, Katrina! I appreciate the input! I look forward to trying it out. It is always fun to play around with a new food!

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