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BALANCED AND FACT BASED

About Palm Oil

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Palm oil is squeezed from the fruits of the oil palm  Grows in a tropical climate.  An oil palm produces 40 kg of oil every year.  Each palm fruit contains 30-35% oil.  Harvested every month.

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Palm oil is the most widely-used vegetable oil in the world World production of major vegetable oil in 2015 (x million tons)

Oil World, 2016

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Palm oil has the highest yield per hectare of land compared to other oil crops

Oil World, 2016

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Palm oil is used in many products, because of its functional benefits stability at high cooking temperatures

smooth and creamy texture

crispiness and crunch

excellent mouth feel

neutral taste and smell

alternative to trans fat

solid or semi-solid at room temperature

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Palm oil has been part of the human diet for over 9000 years  The oil palm is an ancient tropical plant from the West African tropical rainforest region.  In the late 1800s, archaeologists discovered a substance that they concluded was palm oil in a tomb at Abydos dating back to 3000BCE.  Palm oil is traditionally used as a cooking ingredient in the tropical belt of West Africa South East Asia and Brazil.

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Palm oil successfully helped replace industrially produced trans fats  Palm oil has emerged as a versatile, cost-effective solution for replacing trans fats in products that require a solid fat for functionality.  Today the average intake of trans fats in many European countries is below recommended thresholds and no longer a public health concern. 7


Palm oil consists of almost equal amounts of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids 5% 10%

44% 40%

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Palm oil easily fits into a balanced diet

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Palm oil contributes to the dietary fat intake, providing energy and taste and helping the body absorb fat soluble vitamins

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Alternatives for palm oil are generally worse for the environment

Oil World, 2016

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Palm oil alternatives are not necessarily healthier  Palm oil has an average saturated fat content of around 50%.  The proportion of saturated fats in palm oil is lower than the saturated fat content of other fats of similar application.

Similar food application

TFA PUFA

MUFA SAFA

Coconut oil

Dairy butter

Cocoa butter

Tallow

Palm oil

Lard

Olive oil

Sunflower Rapeseed oil oil

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The best alternative to palm oil is sustainable palm oil

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In summary (1)  Palm fruit oil is the most widely-used vegetable oil in the world. It has the highest yield compared to other oil crops per hectare of land.  If produced and sourced sustainably, palm oil can play an important role in filling the growing global demand for vegetable oil.  Palm oil is used in many products, because of its functional benefits.  Palm oil has been part of the human diet for over 9000 years and more recently has been a successful replacement of industrially produced trans fats.

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In summary (2)  Palm oil consists of almost equal amounts of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids and easily fits into a balanced diet.  Palm oil contributes to the dietary fat intake, providing energy and taste and helping the body absorb fat soluble vitamins.  Alternatives for palm oil are generally worse for the environment and not necessarily healthier. The best alternative to palm oil is sustainable palm oil.

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