It's hard to beat a miracle, especially when it comes to weight loss. With New Year's resolutions now in full swing, everyone wants to know the latest diet, product or workout to help them reach their goals for better health.
On the January 3, 2013 episode of "The Dr. Oz Show," Dr. Mehmet Oz declared red palm oil his first "miracle of 2013" for its healthful benefits, which include supporting heart health and boosting metabolism. The oil to replace all oils perhaps. Got your attention? Let's investigate further to see if this Oil really does live up to the hype.
Creating Red Palm Oil
Originating in the tropical regions of Africa, red palm oil is produced by extracting it from the flesh of oil palm tree fruit. This tree is called Elaesis guineensis
and this process must be done when the palm fruit are bright in color and about the size of plum or peach.
What makes red palm oil different from traditional, refined palm oils and palm kernel
oils (which you may have seen listed on nutrition labels), is that it's virgin, which leaves its deep, red color intact, and produced from the fruit's flesh and not the seeds. When the oil is refined further, it loses the bulk of its nutritional value, and all you're left with is saturated fat. As Dr. Oz reported, red palm oil contains oleic and palmitic acids and about 50 percent saturated fat. While this may still seem high, research has shown some saturated fats are beneficial to health, when consumed in moderation.
Benefits of Red Palm Oil
Red palm oil is rich in nutrients like vitamin E and carotenoids (precursors to vitamin A) like beta carotene and lycopene (they give the fruit its color) which act in the body as powerful antioxidants, fighting off free radical damage. Free radicals cause the cells to weaken and age and can lead to illness or visible signs of aging. This oil also contains short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids. Some of the items Dr. Oz initially mentioned was that consuming red palm oil in place of others include:
Removing plaque buildup within the arteries
Reducing inflammation that can support health cholesterol and blood pressure levels
- Help protect and support the skin from free radical damage and UV rays
Boosting metabolism by traveling to the liver for processing
Research continues to determine the exact link between red palm oil and these conditions. It's also said be beneficial for osteoarthritis and improving cognitive function. If you're begin treated for one of the aforementioned medical conditions, don't stop taking or alter your dosage of prescribed medications without first speaking with a physician.
How to Red Palm Oil
Red palm oil is great for cooking, especially at high temperatures like stir frying and sautéing. It's great for cooking both proteins and vegetables and darkens as you cook it, imparting its distinct color on the finished dish. It's also highly shelf stable, taking on a soft, solid form, similar to coconut oil.
Dr. Oz explained the aforementioned benefits can be obtained by consuming 1 to 2 tbsp of the oil on a daily basis. He emphasized looking for a product that's virgin, organic and produced sustainably, which means the manufacturer is taking care to reduce and/or prevent environmental impact when making the product.
Research on Red Palm Oil
To date, their has been no conclusive research that states that Red Palm Oil will clinically help with the ailments mentioned or that Red Palm Oil will actually help support blood pressure, weight loss or a healthy cardiovascular system.
The Verdict on Red Palm Oil
While we believe Red Palm Oil may be a healthier alternative to cooking with vegetable or other oils, to date, their has been no clinical research stating its benefits. While we have seen many consumers re-purchase this product and like using Red Palm Oil, we can not conclusively say that it has specifically helped.
As with any nutritional supplement, please speak with your doctor or primary health care practitioner before taking Red Palm Oil or any other nutritional supplement.
About The AuthorMonica Levin, RHN is a Life Coach and has been a Registered Holistic Nutritionist for over 20 years with a degree from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Ms. Levin is also a Certified Body Language Trainer, Ordained Minister and Appreciation in the Workplace Facilitator who is an in-demand Corporate Speaker on health and wellness at events all over the USA and Canada.
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