Palm Oil, Friend or a Foe

t’s been a debatable conversation over Palm Oil whether it is good or bad. So, here are five Things you should know about Palm Oil which may clear your thoughts about the dilemma or its ambiguous nature

  1. Health Benefits of Palm Oil, Palm Oil is an edible vegetable oil made from fruit of oil palm tree and is also called tropical oil. Palm oil is one of the least expensive and most popular oils worldwide, accounting for one-third of global plant oil production. Palm oil consist of Carotenoids Vitamin A (powerful antioxidant which helps in building immune system) which in-turn reduces Cholesterol level, heart disease and cancer. Palm oil is jam-packed with Tocotrienols, a form of Vitamin E and can support healthy brain function (Boost Brain cells).
  1. Palm Oil helps in Food Security, in recent years some Countries have been fighting over the Food Security in coming years for the generation which is yet to be born. Oil palm is more efficient, uses less land, needs fewer pesticides, and less fertilizer. The push to displace oil palm, then, would lead to moreland being used; more fertilizer and pesticides needed. Like in simple words if I’m getting something at cheaper price which in turn has many health benefits, then will you be thinking twice or you going to just buy it? 3 billion people globally consume palm oil as a major source of energy and vitamins – including in India, sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. As land scarcity increases, the ability of oil palm to produce more food, using less land, will become even more vital.=
  1. Palm Oil – Land use Efficiency, in many case studies it has been found out that Palm oil is more efficient than rapeseed, sunflower, soy because it uses less land in turn fewer pesticides. Let’s talk numbers and evaluate the statement. The United Nations FAO predicts that the earth will house 9 billion people by 2050. To meet their needs, it is estimated that 150 million additional tons of oils and fats will be required each year. Producing 150 million tonnes of oil is a major challenge. It will need a lot of land. Which crop would be best used? 38 million hectares of oil palm; or 187 million hectares of rapeseed| 250 million hectares of sunflower | 375 million hectares of soybean. Oil palm is so far ahead in terms of productivity.
  1. Uses of Palm Oil, Palm oil is literally everywhere – in our foods, cosmetics, cleaning products and fuels. Like there would be some products in our daily lives which we use or eat a lot and we have no idea it contains Palm Oil. Some brands include Colgate-Palmolive, Nestle, Kellogg’s, Hershey’s, L’Oreal etc. It even has health benefits as it has Vitamin A and E which helps in heart, Brain and cancerous diseases and is also used as bio-fuel
  1. Is Palm’s Success its greatest enemy? From above points its obvious that Palm oil is and will be ruling the industry in coming years but with great success comes great enemies. Despite the facts about its benefits, uses and availability at cheaper rates people (Who deal into coconut, rapeseed, soy oil) are pointing out palm oil as its affecting other oil market.

There is nothing to Hate about Palm oil, everything on earth has its pros & cons but we need to see what’s best for humanity and its future. Oil palm is the best option by far

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