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Red Palm Oil and Coconut Oil

Hi everyone.  I have been asked about red palm oil and coconut oil in the past and thought this might be a good topic for my blog.  

My favorite oils still remain olive oil (just don't use the extra virgin olive oil for cooking- this is only for dressings, etc. not for cooking) and canola oil.  These are low in saturated fat and have beneficial monounsaturated fats which are better for your heart, cholesterol, etc.   

Red Palm Oil:  While this does contain some saturated fat, it does contain many beneficial antioxidants, which may help to reduce atherosclerosis and may even help to lower cholesterol.  I would recommend that if you like this type of oil I don't see any harm in sometimes using it. I would also still recommend olive oil and canola oil for cooking as well- you can certainly mix it up a bit so that you can get the beneficial antioxidants from the red palm oil.

Coconut Oil:  I would not recommend the use of coconut oil on a regular basis.  If you have it sometimes it will certainly not harm you but because of its high saturated fat content I am not confident in recommending its use.  

Hope this helps!

7 Comments to Red Palm Oil and Coconut Oil:

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Jane Stanley on Tuesday, March 06, 2012 9:57 PM
Hi Aileen, thank you for posting this blog re oils. Back in the UK we don't have Canola oil, so I guess what I am asking is what exactly is it? The little I understand of it is that it is Canada and (mazola ?) oils mixed together, a concoction produced in the 70s... I would love to learn about this, and if it is genetically modified . Thanks!!
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Aileen Birkitt, RD on Wednesday, March 07, 2012 1:53 PM
Hi Jane. Thanks so much- you ask some excellent questions. First of all, canola is made from the canola seed- it is first heated and then they get the oils from the crushed seeds. It was developed through natural cross breeding from the rapeseed plant, although it is not made from the rapeseed plant. There are some very toxic substances in the rapeseed plant which would not be safe to eat. Per article in 2010 90% of the canola crop is genetically modified. So, to answer your question the canola you would buy most likely will be from genetically modified canola. That being said, it still remains one of the healthiest oils on the market due to its high monounsaturated fat content and low saturated fat content. It also contains Omega 3 fatty acids as well. It really depends on how you feel about genetically modified crops. Great question!

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Some of the information about red palm oil in your article is which I have not aware of. I like the article. It is informative. Looking forward to read many more such informative articles and blog posts. I am waiting for your next post. Keep it up.
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Anonymous on Monday, May 06, 2013 1:34 PM
For body and skin care I'm being using coconut oil since long time. It's very effective oil that helps skin to stay better and soft as well. Glad to learn about Red Palm Oil and Coconut Oil! Thanks. benefits of coconut oil
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