What is Palm Oil Shortening?
The Palm is the fruit from the Palm fruit grown on the Palm tree. The fruit yields two distinct oils: palm oil derived from the outer parts of the fruit, and palm kernel oil derived from the kernel. Palm oil is sometimes called palm fruit oil because it comes from the fruit’s flesh. It’s pressed, similar to how olive oil is made.
Palm Oil Shortening is made from Palm Oil by removing the unsaturated fat to make it a shortening texture, which is a solid at room temperature. It also does not separate and is high in saturated fatty acids, but free from trans fats.
Many food manufacturers looking to remove trans fats from their products are turning to Malaysian sustainable palm oil because it is naturally trans-fat free. It’s also semi-solid at room temperature, giving it the same desirable characteristics as partially hydrogenated oils, but without the health risks. Rich in nutrients such as beta carotene and vitamin E tocotrienols, it can be used as an ingredient in ice cream, cookies, crackers, and cake mixes. Non-GMO Malaysian sustainable palm oil can already be found in many better-for-you products.
Palm oil has been linked to several health benefits, including:
- Protecting brain function
- Reducing heart disease risk factors
- Improving vitamin A status
Possible Side Effects?
Minimal – Possible digestive issues
* Most of the United States’ sustainable palm oil is sourced from environmentally progressive Malaysia. More than 50 percent of the country’s land is set aside as permanent forest cover. The Malaysian palm oil industry has a long record of caring for its environment and its people. It has even created organizations to improve the lives of the farmers who tend the oil plantations.
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