Natural palm oil is orange - yellow in color, it has a rather pleasant smell and a slightly sweet taste. It is worth noting that at a temperature below thirty degrees it hardens, and in its structure resembles ordinary margarine.
It is considered to be the only solid oil of plant origin, similar in its consistency to animal fats, therefore, among nutritionists, discussions about its benefits and harms are quite frequent.
Is palm oil harm and health benefits?
According to nutritionists, this oil in large quantities is harmful to humans. Fatty acids are present in its composition, and if it is used excessively, it will lead to an increase in cholesterol level, respectively, and to the development of atherosclerotic processes, as well as to obesity.
Among other problems that can often occur with its regular use, it is worth noting vascular thrombosis and some heart disease.
Often, under his guise produce a hydrogenated product that contains trans-fatty acids, and they are certainly harmful to the body. But natural oil, with moderate use, will not bring any harm.
Palm oil enhances the taste of the product, in which it is added, which entails the desire to eat again, for example, it is part of certain types of ice cream and milk products, in order to prolong their shelf life.
As for the chemical composition of this oil, it contains most of all palmitic acid, as well as oleic, linoleic, stearic, myristic, lauric and others.
It contains carotenoids, lecithin, vitamins E, D and K, phytosterols, coenzyme Q10, some minerals, for example, magnesium, phosphorus, and others. The energy value of one hundred grams of this product is almost 900 calories.
In small doses, palm oil has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system, so it is recommended to take it as a prophylactic measure in order to prevent the occurrence of strokes and heart attacks.
It is recommended to use it in some eye diseases, since it compensates for vitamin A deficiency, thereby protecting the cornea, lens and retina, normalizes intraocular pressure.
It is useful to enter into the diet for the prevention and treatment of glaucoma, conjunctivitis, cataracts, night blindness, and many other pathological processes of the organ of vision.
The digestive tract improves, palm oil prevents inflammation, promotes healing of the damaged mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines, stimulates the formation of bile.
It is recommended to take with biliary dyskinesia, cholecystitis, colitis and enterocolitis, gastritis, as well as diabetes, with a tendency to frequent colds, with bronchial asthma, with anemia, with menopause, during pregnancy and feeding.
Phytosterols, unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins E, have a positive effect on the female reproductive system, as they contribute to the maintenance of hormonal balance.
If small cracks appear on the nipples when feeding the baby, it is recommended to lubricate them with palm oil, since it perfectly heals the skin and protects against infection.
It is useful to use this oil for children, because the beneficial substances contained in it are involved in the formation of the musculoskeletal system, teeth, organs of vision, strengthen the immune system, and help the body develop normally.
It is useful for adults to use it with chronic fatigue syndrome, with psycho-emotional disorders, for the prevention of nervous disorders, for improving attention, memory and mental abilities, for enhancing the protective properties of the body, for the prevention of oncological processes.
For constipation, anal fissures, hemorrhoids, microclysters are made with it, and rectal tampons are also injected. It is used externally for bedsores, burns, trophic ulcers, psoriasis, acne, neurodermatitis, as well as other skin manifestations.
It is actively used in the production of various cosmetics, for example, it is part of the means for tanning, as a result of which it turns out smooth, and the skin is protected from the aggressive action of ultraviolet rays, while retaining its youth.
Use in cooking
Housewives like to add this butter to home baking often, because it significantly improves the consistency of any dough, making it more tender and tasty, be it buns, cakes, cookies or muffins.
As an additional ingredient, it is included in vegetable, meat and fish dishes, in soups, sauces, side dishes and appetizers; they are filled with many salads.
This oil has a rather subtle pleasant aroma and a delicate nutty flavor, which makes it an excellent alternative to regular butter, in the preparation of various dishes. It is great to fry, because it does not smoke at all, and does not give foreign smell to the products, while it is resistant to oxidation.
Palm oil is not very long ago appeared in Russia. But because of its cheapness on the world market, they began to buy it in large quantities and now it is part of the majority of products that are daily on the table of the Russians. We eat it along with ice cream, mayonnaise, yoghurt, cookies, cottage cheese, chips, junk food, meat and butter semi-finished products, and even in inexpensive sunflower oil there is an admixture of palm oil.
The Internet is full of tips on its use of red palm oil for the treatment of all that is possible. All this of course is beautiful, but there is one "but." The fact is that palm oil is used in the industrial manufacture of confectionery products, which have an almost infinite shelf life. That is, this oil is a great preservative. If we add to this already rather doubtful property also its cheapness, then we, most likely, get the substance from which more harm than good.
Many scientists, in particular, do not recommend to use this oil in general, the harm of which is obvious. If we discard all the advertisements imposed by this product that promise fast recovery of the whole organism from its regular intake, we can find out that many serious experts who are not biased by advertisers do not even approve of its regular use and for what reasons.
The composition of the product
The oil has a peculiar red-orange color. It is extracted from the fleshy fruit of a certain type of palm trees - oil palm. It consists of glycerol esters, as well as fatty acids. You need to know that palm oil, unlike other vegetable oils, has two fractions. And both have different temperatures for melting.
The first fraction (liquid) olein. It melts at a temperature of 19 - 24 degrees. But the second fraction (solid) stearin melts at a temperature of 47 - 54 degrees. But it is above the temperature of the human body. So, getting into the body, the solid fraction is not digested. What happens to her next? And then the sticky mass is deposited on the walls of blood vessels, forms slags. Do you think it is healthy?
Red Palm Oil Harm
Many argue still about the dangers of regular and red palm oil. Proponents of the usefulness of the red product claim that it is obtained from the fruits of specially bred palm trees. Opponents say that even from which palm trees they make it, palmic acid does not disappear anywhere from its composition. But it is the saturated fats of which it is made that raise the level of harmful cholesterol, which is why very dangerous pathologies of the heart and blood vessels occur, namely thrombosis, atherosclerosis, obesity, heart attacks, strokes, ischemia, etc.
In addition, when a patient after a heart attack or stroke is discharged from the hospital, the attending physician gives a reminder of what products should not be taken. So, there is indicated on products containing palm oil. Moreover, not dividing by red, yellow, white, etc. So draw conclusions.
By the way, it is saturated fats that play the role of preservatives, allowing you to store perishable foods for a long time. This is probably the only positive feature of this oil.
It should also be said that many Western countries have banned the use of it in the food industry. Therefore, there it is used only for industrial purposes. For example, it cleans the engine very well, as it has a sticky structure. In addition, this product is recognized as the strongest carcinogen.
But our manufacturers continue to use it in the preparation of products, as well as to insist on the health benefits of red palm oil. And this is understandable. After all, for them the main thing is profit. And that person will get a killer dose of cholesterol, they are not interested. After all, they in Russia only “do business”. Where families live, most of them, and they themselves are probably not a secret to anyone.
Therefore, I will not mislead you and tell you that red palm oil is useful and the other is not useful. Of course, you have to decide for yourself. But before you believe thoughtlessly advertising and start taking it for the healing of the body, and even give to your children, read about it as much as possible, and not only laudatory.
Is it possible to reduce the harm of palm oil?
- It is possible to minimize the use of products in which this oil contains. To do this, do not aspire for cheapness and do not buy semi-finished products. After all, it is known that when a manufacturer saves on production, instead of using high-quality, useful vegetable oil, it uses palm oil - the price of goods is significantly reduced.
- Therefore, do not take long-term storage products, try to cook yourself if possible. At the very least, you will be assured of the quality of the components you use. Cooking at home is generally the best way to take care of your health. Although, of course, it takes time, labor and does not always suit people very busy at work. But here the choice is yours.
- Always, before you buy a product, carefully study its composition. If you have any doubts or the composition is not indicated in Russian, ask the seller the documents for this product, where you can read what it consists of.
- And, of course, do not take pastries, dairy and confectionery with a too long shelf life. And also stop eating fast food products. Take care of your health yourself.
If this product is consumed in moderation and not abused, in this case, it will only benefit the body, so you should carefully monitor its quantity, and not exceed the optimal dose.
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