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Palm Oil & Health

Palm oil is one of the most common vegetable oils used in cooking in the world, but does it have a beneficial influence on people’s health? Palm oil contain oleic and linoleic acids which are classified as unsaturated fatty acids, as well as vitamins A and E as antioxidants. In addition, the tocotrienols in vitamin E can prevent the action of cholesterol-formiing enzymes according to Alodokter.


What one tablespoon (14 grams) of palm oil contains in nutritional terms(nutrition data):

  • Calories: 114
  • Fat: 14 grams
  • Saturated fat: 7 grams
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5 grams
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5 grams
  • Vitamin E: 11% of the Recommended Daily Intake


Health Benefits of Palm Oil:

For Brain Health (Alodokter):

  • Excellent source of Tocotrienols (A form of vitamin E with strong antioxidant properties and supports brain health)
  • Protects the brain from polyunsaturated fats
  • Slows down the development of dementia
  • Reduces the risk of stroke
  • Prevents the growth of brain tumors


For Heart Health (Pubdmed):

  • Lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol
  • Increases “good” HDL cholesterol
  • Helps the development of heart disease

In addition, palm oil can also help boost vitamin A absorption in people who are deficient or at risk of deficiency (Alodokter).

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