The benefits and advantages of palm fruit oil advantages aren’t just nutritional. It’s also good for our planet. Malaysian palm fruit oil crop production is, by far, one of the most efficient uses of land area for edible oil production. By comparison, olive oil falls way down the list.
- Malaysian palm fruit oil yield is about 4,000 kg per hectare (there are approx. 2.471 acres per hectare). It takes twice as much land to yield the same amount of olive oil (2,000 kg. per hectare). Soybean oil yields only 445 kg per hectare, and sunflower oil yields just 570 kg. per hectare.
- Malaysian palm fruit oil production uses far less land than oils. Of the global oilseed area of 233 million hectares, Malaysian Palm Oil accounts for the least. Yet it supplies 12 percent of the global vegetable oils, and 26 percent of the export trade in oils and fats. Here’s a breakdown of the total area of the world’s land used by each oil type:
- Palm fruit oil: 4%
- Coconut oil: 4%
- Sunflower oil: 10%
- Rapeseed oil: 12%
- Others: 30%
- Soybean oil: 40%
Processing oil from oil palms also require the lowest amounts of pesticides, fertilizers and fuel than other types of food oil.
One last note: Malaysian palm oil comes from the Tenera variety – a cross between the dura and pisifera – which produces 25 percent more oil than other oil palms. The ongoing goal is to supply the world’s demand without straining natural resources.
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.