I bought some palm oil at the store this weekend. I've read that it's used more in Europe and other countries, and so it seemed worth a try. I actually had trouble finding it - there was only one brand in the organic section of the grocery.
Here's a New York Times article about a recent controversy involving palm oil. It appears the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is against palm oil due to the saturated fat content. From what I recall, this Center is some joke organization that I think may even be against meat in general. They just seem to be plowing ahead with the ineffective low-fat message that hasn't worked the last 30-plus years. Someone even got mad enough to put up this website, CSPI Scam, that shows all the inconsistencies and problems with the CSPI.
At any rate, I tried the palm oil on some meat tonight, and it tasted pretty good. At the very least, it's a way to provide a little diversity in flavors and micronutrients. With the phasing out of trans fat, palm oil use seems to be on the rise. More background information on palm oil in America is available at this site.
The CSPI folks must be zonkers! The palm oil, the red palm oil in particular, on the other hand, has many health benefits. It is considered one of the healthiest oils.
In fact I learnt from this site www.palmoiltruthfoundation.com that a daily dose of palm oil might lower the risk of stroke.
The red oil from the African palm contains high levels of antioxidants, especially vitamin E. Antioxidants are thought to protect the body from cell damage.
I tried it for 3 months and my doctor was so shocked by my now normalized blood pressure that he told me: "whatever you are doing, just keep doing it!
Another useful site that offers a contrarian view to all the scaremongering on palm oil by the likes of CSPI is www.deforestationwatch.org. All health concious people deserves to learn the truth and not be deprived of an extremely healthy oil!
You know it is groups like CSPI that have been masquerading for years as consumer advocates when in fact they are merely lobbying PR firms for the US vegetable oil industry. Any informed person can cut right through their bull. These are the same groups who for over 20 years promoted hydrogenated oils which carried the death blow-trans fatty acids. Now they have run away from their mistake and of course palm oil and coconut oil have emerged in the US as healthier oils than even olive oil for that matter. Of course this is after the rest of the world has become healthier than we are in the US.
We now know that palm oil and coconut do not need to be hydrogenated to help extend the shelf life of our basic foods we consume. CSPI will easily deprive us of red palm oil, coconut oil, and any healthy oil that is not from domestic producers. People in other countries in Africa, Europe, South America, and Asia are living healthier lives by consuming these oils. I personally have found that red palm oil is my favorite.
I could not find it locally and finally had to get it from Rainforest Market. They offer their Rainforest Red Palm Oil which is certified organic, derived from sustainable agriculture and fair trade. This red palm oil is very rich and 100% natural. I have not found any other red palm oil to come any closer to this one. Their site is www.rainforestredpalmoil.com
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