Here are a few facts and figures that you might not know about healthy Malaysian sustainable palm oil, which is a key global player in the oils and fats market. Palm oil is a fruit oil (just as olive oil is a fruit oil) that is widely used in food and non-food products worldwide. It comes from the oil palm fruit, which is unique as an oil-bearing crop since it produces two different oils: palm oil from the flesh, and palm kernel oil from the seed.
Facts you may not realize about
Malaysian sustainable palm oil:
570,000: The number of people are directly employed by the Malaysian palm oil industry
50%: The amount of Malaysia’s land area that is mandated as forest cover, keeping a pledge made to the world at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.
5,000: The number of years of recorded human consumption of palm oil, worldwide
$126 billion: The 2008-2013 contribution to Malaysia’s Gross Domestic Product through palm oil product exports
#1: Oil palm is the most efficient oil-bearing crop in the world
7-11 times more: The amount of oil is produced by one hectare of oil palm than any other leading oilseed crop
35%: The amount of the world’s palm oil is produced by Malaysia
5.3%: The amount of global agricultural land used. That’s all it takes for oil palm plantations to produce 31.3% of the world’s oils and fats
3 billion: The number of people in 150 countries who enjoy palm oil. This makes it the highest consumed edible oil.
25.66 million: The number of tons of palm oil and products exported by Malaysia in 2013.
0%: The amount of trans fat in palm oil, making it the global choice for trans-fat free food products.
Infinite: The immeasurable goodness that palm oil provides you and your family.
Robin Miller is a health and nutrition editor with more than 30 years of industry experience. She researches and writes about the nutritional benefits of palm fruit oil, with the goal of giving readers factual, science-based information that will be useful in their daily lives.