Organic Red Palm Oil: Can you please give me your opinion on this oil as to if it is nutritious or, if it may be detrimental in any way.

We have not evaluated the nutrient profile for African Palm fruit oil (also known as red palm fruit oil) at this time. However, even though a food isn't featured on our website, that doesn't mean that it can't be included as part of the Healthiest Way of Eating.

In the meantime, you may be interested in this brief overview of the difference between palm fruit (red palm) oil and palm kernel oil, the latter of which we do not recommend.

http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/palm_oil_vs_palm_kernel_oil

Palm kernel oil is a source of saturated fat. High dietary intake of saturated fat is associated with elevated cholesterol levels and an increased risk for heart disease. Because palm oil is widely used in a number of commonly purchased packaged food items, including crackers, cookies, and nondairy creamers your intake of this saturated fat can really add up if you're not careful. Based on recent study results showing unfavorable effects on cardiovascular disease risk factors (see below), we do not recommend routine consumption of foods containing palm oil.

A study reported in May 2009 by the USDA Human Nutrition Research center on Aging at Tufts University found that palm oil is not an appropriate substitute for the dangerous partially hydrogenated oils (aka trans fats) that are commonly used to extend shelf life in processed foods. The researchers found that consuming either of the diets (one with palm oil containing foods or the other with partially hydrogenated containing foods) enriched with equivalent high amounts of palm oil or partially hydrogenated soybean oil would result in similar unfavorable levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol and apolipoprotein B (a protein, attached to fat particles, that carries bad cholesterol throughout the bloodstream) when compared to consuming two other diets enriched with canola and soybean oils, which are high in heart healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, respectively.

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