Palm oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the oil palm (Elaeis guineensis), which only occupies 6% of all land in the world devoted to the cultivation of oils and fats, and produces 28% of the global oil volume. This means that it is an efficient crop because it uses less land and resources, compared to other crops.
Palm Oil Properties
-Palm oil has high contents of vitamins A and E that help reduce cell damage which accelerates aging and the development of some diseases.
-The fatty acids that palm oil has are vital for building the body’s cell membranes, including bones, nerves and brain.
-It has micronutrients that help cell functioning to keep the body healthy and functioning properly.
-It is free of cholesterol and fatty acids.
Palm Oil Uses
Palm oil is the most consumed vegetable oil on the planet and is found in about half of all packaged products that are sold in the supermarket.
Palm Oil Products
Crude Palm Oil
Crude palm oil is extracted from the mesocarp of the fruit of the oil palm. It has a high content of vitamins A and E and is especially used as raw material for the manufacture of edible products such as margarines for pastry, fats for biscuits, butter, chocolates, cooking oil, and for industrial use, among others.
Crude Palm Kernel Oil
Crude palm kernel oil is obtained from the kernel of the fruit of the oil palm and is used for non-edible products such as soaps, detergents, cosmetics, fats, rubber, inks, shampoos, toothpastes, candles, and others.
Palm Kernel Cake
Palm kernel cake is extracted from the kernel of the fruit of the oil palm. It is used in the production of feed concentrate or as a supplement for animal nutrition.
– Mesocarp fiber
– Cluster fiber