Benefits Of Palm Oil

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Palm oil (also known as dendê oil, from Portuguese) is an edible vegetable oil derived from the reddish pulp of the fruit of the oil palms. Oil palm grows best in low-lying, wet, tropical areas – which is also where rainforests occur. As palm oil production expands to meet increasing demand, more rainforests are cleared in places like Indonesia, Malaysia and beyond to make way for oil palm plantations Along with coconut oil, palm oil is one of the few highly saturated vegetable fats. It is a common cooking ingredient in the tropical belt of Africa, Southeast Asia and parts of Brazil. Its use in the commercial…show more content…
Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet, especially in America, and it is in about half of all packaged products sold in the supermarket. While palm oil is the most efficient source of vegetable oil, its rapid expansion threatens some of the planet’s most important and sensitive habitats. Palm oil is contained, not only in a lot of foods like pizza dough, instant noodles, ice cream, margarine, chocolate, cookies and packaged bread, but also in everyday life objects such as lipsticks, shampoos, detergents, soaps and biodiesel. In fact it is used in lipstick as it holds color well, doesn’t melt at high temperatures, and has a smooth application and virtually no…show more content…
It’s important for us to understand both sides of the ongoing situation before coming to a conclusion. Palm oil has crept in like a poisonous gas and now it’s everywhere. Its use costs the lives of many: human, animal and plant life, and this is starting to be seen despite the misleading tactics of the producers. It is vital to cut down on the existing use of palm oil in foods, soaps and makeup and prevent new uses as a biofuel. Governments’ policies need to be more consistent, rather than giving subsidies for destruction. Some progress has been made as consumers are starting to become more aware and campaigners are starting to encourage manufacturers to stop using palm oil, or at least not use the producers with the worst track record. Producing palm oil may have many pros but are those reasons worth the deforestation of our rainforests and increased carbon dioxide in our world? Or, can we afford to sacrifice some of our rainforests to reduce poverty and possibly prevent

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