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How can I tell whether a food product contains trans fat?

Read the food product label. Watch out for the following words on the label which suggest that the product contains trans fat: “partially hydrogenated”, “polyunsaturated margarine”, “elaidic acid”, and “hardened”. Sometimes the amount of TFAs is included in the total saturated fatty acid count on the food label, in which case a footnote to the […]

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trans fats

How do trans fats actually harm my health?

Scientific research has shown that trans fats are 2 to 10 times worse than saturated fats in their overall impact on heart health. TFAs in trans fats cause havoc to your circulating blood lipids and lipoproteins, impair the function of the inner wall (“endothelium”) of the arteries, and help white blood cells called “monocytes” cross […]

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dietary sources

Is palm oil a trans fat?

No. Palm oil’s natural semi-solid properties and the versatility of blending with its solid fraction, palm stearin, makes hydrogenation of palm oil unnecessary. Therefore, food products containing palm oil as its sole or main fat ingredient are essentially trans-free.

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natural trans fat alternative

What are trans fatty acids?

Polyunsaturated edible oils are unstable because of their high content of the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). These oils are therefore very susceptible to attack by air and moisture to form unhealthy oxidised compounds. As such, PUFA-rich edible oils are usually stabilised by partial hydrogenation to reduce their PUFA […]

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Palm Kernel Oil

Why is a stable oil so important for frying?

It’s important that the cooking oil used for frying be stable, otherwise at least 3 changes in the oil can take place at an accelerated pace at the high frying temperature (>1400C): i) fat components in the oil split up to form “breakdown” products, ii) attack by air and moisture to form oxidised products, and […]

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smart balance

What food products contain palm oil?

Palm oil’s semi-solid properties make it a favorite ingredient among the food processors. From palm oil you can have unlimited oil fractions for use of any kind of food applications. The oil could to be incorporated into a wide variety of food products which include cooking oils, margarines, noodles, shortenings, vegetable ghee, bakery products, chocolates, […]

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palm olein

Why does palm olein sometimes turn “cloudy” or “solid”? Is the oil still safe for consumption?

When the ambient temperature drops below the “cloud point” of palm olein (approximately 20°C) as happens during a cold night or weather, palm olein molecules crystallize out of solution and the oil appears cloudy. At lower temperatures, the cloudy oil then becomes solid. This is only a physical transformation and the oil is perfectly safe […]

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palm oil contain cholesterol

Does palm oil contain cholesterol?

No. Palm oil, like most other vegetable oils and fats, contain only traces of cholesterol (<50 µg/gram or <5 ppm). This amount is so low that it has no significant physiological effects on health. Therefore it could be considered to be “cholesterol-free”.

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Once consumed, how well is palm oil digested?

Once consumed, palm oil does not remain intact in the digestive tract for long, for it’s soon attacked by the digestive enzyme pancreatic lipase, breaking down the fat molecules into smaller fragments called “fatty acids and mono-glycerides”. These digestive products are then absorbed. Refined palm oil and its processed fractions, palm olein and palm stearin, […]

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coconut oil

Is palm oil similar to coconut oil?

No. Many people mistaken palm oil for coconut oil and thereby think that palm oil is similar to palm kernel oil. It is palm kernel oil that is similar to coconut oil in terms of chemical composition, physical characteristics and uses (see Figure 1). Besides fatty acid composition, palm oil also differs from coconut oil […]

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