Palm oil, and in particular red palm oil has been renowned for its health benefits. Red palm oil is derived from the fruit of the palm tree and should not be confused with palm kernel oil, which is made from the palm kernel.
Palm Oil Nutrition
The health benefits of palm oil are mostly related to its very high beta-carotene content. It contains 14g of fat per tablespoon, 33% of which is saturated fat, which is why palm oil, like coconut oil is solid at room temperature. It is a rich source of vitamin E.
Palm Oil is a Healthier Cooking Oil
Although palm is contains some saturated fat, it is actually one of the most stable and healthiest oils to cook with. It does not denature or spoil at high temperatures like most other vegetable oils do and is suitable for frying.
Palm oil promotes good vision and prevention of night blindness
Carotenoids in palm oil help promote good vision and are particularly good for boosting night vision. Beta-carotene has the potential to be converted to vitamin A, which helps with the production of rhodopsin, the night vision pigment in the retina of the eye.
Beta-carotene can also help prevent cataracts and delay macular degenration.
Palm Oil and Cancer Prevention
Carotenoids have been found to offer protection against certain cancers, namely bladder, cervix, colon, prostate and lung cancers.
Palm Oil for Lung Health
Beta-carotene has been shown to help protect the lungs from disease and studies have shown that people with emphysema have vitamin A deficiencies.
Palm Oil for Free Radical Protection
Palm oil is rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps in protecting the body against diseases like cancer, blood disorders, and helps maintains healthy skin and boosts fertility.