Red palm oil is less refined than bleached palm oil. The refinement process involved in producing red palm oil removes fewer nutrients, which makes red palm oil a potentially healthier alternative to standard palm oil.
Whenever a food becomes as universal as palm oil, it’s important to consider its effects on health. Science has taken to researching this oil to identify the health benefits it provides as well as its potential risks.
A one-tablespoon serving of palm oil contains:
Protein: Less than 1 gram
Fat: 14 grams
Carbohydrates: Less than 1 gram
Fiber: Less than 1 gram
Sugar: Less than 1 gram
Red palm oil is a great source of carotenoids and vitamin E, which act as antioxidants to help prevent cell damage. Getting enough vitamin E also helps your cells communicate and keeps your immune system in good condition. Studies also show that getting enough vitamin E in your diet can reduce your risk of certain forms of cancer, heart disease, and age - related macular degeneration.
Potential Health Benefits of Red Palm Oil
Red palm oil is a great source of nutrients and antioxidants, but factors such as its fat content and cholesterol can create complications for some people.
Studies have found some potential health benefits to consuming red palm oil:
Better Heart Health
In the right circumstances, red palm oil may offer significant benefits to heart health. The antioxidant effects of the vitamin E and carotenoids in red palm oil appear to help prevent atherosclerosis, or the narrowing of blood vessels. More studies need to be done to confirm this effect, but current research is promising.
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