Palm oil, particularly virgin or "red" palm oil, is a traditional fat that has been a part of the human diet for at least 5000 years. It was prized by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt as a sacred food. Palm oil comes from the fruit of the oil palm. Red palm oil gets its name from its characteristic dark red color. The color comes from carotenes such as beta-carotene and lycopene, the same nutrients that give tomatoes, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables their rich red and orange colors. Red palm oil has 15 times more provitamin A carotenes than carrots and 300 times more than tomatoes. It also contains 20 other carotenes along with vitamin E, vitamin K, CoQ10, squalene, phytosterols, flavonoids, phenolic acids, and glycolipids. Palm oil is one of the richest sources of vitamin E. Red palm oil provides fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients important for good health. It is excellent for nursing mothers to enrich their milk and just one teaspoon a day supplies children with the daily recommended amount of vitamin A.
Info provided by: Well Being Journal by Bruce Fife, ND
In good health,
Shana Burns, CN