What Is Palm Oil?
Red Palm Oil is a potent antioxidant that offers cardio protection and neuro protection. With the highest alpha-carotene level among plant sources, it has been known to reduce LDL cholesterol levels and increase brain function.
Dr Mehmet Oz, of the famous Dr. Oz TV show called this oil his most miraculous find of 2013, saying it is a benefit for your heart, brain, and even to lose weight. Red Palm Oil is a smaller fat that ignites your metabolism. It sweeps away the plaque in our arteries.
Studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have also shown that a natural form of vitamin E called alpha tocotrienol, which is the form found in high amounts in red palm fruit oil, can help reduce the effects of stroke by 50% by protecting your brain’s nerve cells.
The super antioxidant tocotrienols found in the oil acts as a scavenger in the body, searching out and destroying free radicals that can lead to illness and aging. It plays a role in our body as a protector against cellular aging, and supports brain, eye and neuro function. It has also been linked to combatting Alzheimer’s disease. Let us not forget that is a delicious ingredient in a wide variety of recipes, adding color and flavor, as well as superior nutrition.
A Breif History On Palm Oil and Its Relationship To Child Slavery!
Red Palm Oil was a holy food of the Pharaohs and through thousands of years has been the primary source of dietary fat for countless people, especially in Africa. It was a remedy of choice for many ailments or illnesses in Africa for hundreds of years and still is. Oil yields per hectare of palm plantation are very high, making it cheap to produce. This has led to egregious environmental destruction and human and animal rights abuses. Palm oil has thus gotten a very bad rap.
Oil Palms (Elaeis guineensis) are native to West Africa, and are now widely grown in Southeast Asia and South America, with 85% of all Palm oil that is being globally produced being exported from Indonesia and Malaysia. Much of this production exploits child labor and results in massive deforestation.http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/Whats_the_issue.php
Children are made to work everyday, lifting heavy fruit and carry it for long distances. They are made to climb the thorny oil palm trees to harvest; cutting and scratching them along the way, leaving them susceptible to illness and infection. The children work intense hours with no days off, often suffering from heat exhaustion and malnutrition.
The Palm Oil producers in Indonesia and Malaysia are also in the crossfire for the more public outcry for the dwindling orangutan population. Their rainforest habitat is razed for the development of oil palm plantations. According to World Wildlife Fund, an area that is equivalent to the size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm production in Indonesia and Malaysia. This kind of large scale deforestation for red palm oil is pushing many species to to extinction. Findings have shown that if nothing changes species like the orangutan could be extinct in the wild in the next 5-10 years, and the Sumatran tigers will be extinct in less than three years. The bad rap is very justifiable, BUT…
There Really Is Such A Thing As Sustainable Red Palm Oil!
CONSCIOUS CONSUMERS AND MANUFACTURERS WHO BUY PROVEN SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS FUEL THE FIGHT FOR SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE.