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Palm Oil Discussion – What is your opinion?

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I am very interested in the discussion, which leads to a variety of forums and many social networks on the suitability or unsuitability of palm oil on human health.

First, we should ask a fundamental question: What ever is considered "healthy"? It's certainly uncontaminated water, relatively clean air and suitable food, a bit of "sociability" (i.e. to exist in a kind of human community) and then all (except of course more important or less important things for life) to mix reasonably. Yes, just the word "reasonably" is the key aspect of "healthy". Already my great-grandmother, who in her life never known what it's illness, lived "reasonably" - here there bread with lard, sometimes oatmeal or potatoes with cottage cheese or milk, from time to time a small spirit glass, lots of fresh air, plenty of exercise during work around the house, animals and household chores. And certainly the eating in various forms (perhaps through palm oil) also saturated fatty acids, of which perhaps she had no idea.

So let's try to sort some kind of analysis. Let's use the smart Wikipedia, which says following:

"Palm kernel oil is an edible vegetable oil obtained from the fruit of oil palm kernels (also called oil-cake of Guinea, Elaeis guineensis). It is important to distinguish this oil (palm kernel) and the other two edible oils derived from palm fruits: coconut oil obtained from the kernels of coconuts and palm oil, extracted from the rind of fruit trees.

All three oils (palm kernel, coconut and palm oil) have a high content of saturated fatty acids. Palm kernel oil, which is semi-solid at room temperature, a saturated fatty acids more than the other two oils. Like other vegetable oils, all three of these oils do not contain cholesterol (which is contained in unrefined animal fats), although saturated fats raise both LDL and HDL cholesterol. "

After excursion in cholesterol go on information from Wikipedia: "Palm kernel oil is a common ingredient for cooking. Increasing use in the global food industry recorded due to the relatively low cost and high oxidative stability of saturated fats (suitable for baking and frying) and the absence of both cholesterol and trans fatty acids, which are unhealthy in terms of the cardiovascular system, becoming more popular. "

What lies but incredibly fanatical antipathy some people against palm oil, when even the renowned Wikipedia on its health "harm" practically nothing found? In addition, palm oil has a relatively high content of natural vitamin E, antioxidants prokurzors of vitamin A, beta-carotene, coenzyme Q10 and vitamin D and K. Saturated fatty acids are in the natural oils (these are the chemical bonds and find relationships between acids) not harmful to those that are formed by hydrogenation (treatment of fat = isomer formation - trans-fatty acids). The fact that palm oil does not contain cholesterol, it has a positive effect on increasing the good HDL cholesterol and reduces bad LDL cholesterol.

Originally I thought that it was a form of competition between the various manufacturers of this or that vegetable oil. Now, however, seems to me that the main opponents are those who see palm trees growing in plantations threat to the environment and the people who lived on the native sites. I fully agree with those who are afraid and do everything to protect the environment of our planet. But try to look again at the issue of the philosophy of our grandmothers – reasonably and proportionately.

A little geography - monoculture oil palm plantations can be found mainly in Indonesia and other countries in Southeast Asia. They transformed the original forests that were not only lungs of the planet, but also the most appropriate environment for the life of various animals such as orangutans. Establishment of plantations has also resulted in threats to indigenous peoples, the poisoning of rivers with fertilizers and pesticides.

Yes, that's right. However, it is necessary to mention this fact: The use of palm oil in food is very small, about 10% of the total production goes into food production. Far greater threat is the use of palm oil as a biofuel, which accounts for the remaining 90% of the produced palm oil. Then you need to compare positive impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce the negative influence of "respiratory" system planets. In this situation it is necessary to mention that for improvement, which I partly described above, has formed a volunteer organization called roundtable for sustainable palm oil (the RSPO - Roundtable on Sustainable Polmoil), which comprises seven groups of related with palm oil production: producers, processors, traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental and social NGOs. This organization created a model of responsible management of oil palm cultivation and award certificates shows quite clearly to those who follow the rules and principles of sustainable palm oil production.

Thus minimizing damage to the environment, allow the relocation of the native fauna and flora in other appropriate areas, provide jobs in areas where no other options were not working.

I did not want to impose to anybody my views on palm oil - personally I do not know whether it is entirely appropriate (or healthy, if you wish) or not. But it is sure good when it is used appropriately. Good for health, good for the environment and good for society.

Source: Wikipedie, foreign webs and own opinions of VeganFoods