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24 Jan 2006

red palm oil
Good article but surprising. You failed to mention that red palm oil is the ONLY cooking oil in most of West Africa - Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria - for centuries. We have always been told that it was high in saturated oil and should be avoided. Have you got the references for this research

Dr D. R. Lisk
Native of Sierra Leone, West Africa.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Dr Lisk
The article I wrote was based on lectures presented by official representative of the Malasian Government on the launch of red palm oil in South Africa. Two of the publications they handed out which I also used are: 1)" A new dietary oil of the new millennium, Red Palm Oil" by Betty Kamen published in Total Health, Vol 22, No 6, p62-33; 2)"The right Vitamin E - Tocotrienols" by Andre Theriault published in Total Health, Vol 23, No2, p67-68. You can also visit the Website at:
As mentioned in my article, it is the Red Palm Oil, with its high content of tocotrienols, that is so beneficial. Palm kernel oil on the other hand is a source of saturated fat and is not beneficial to health. If the oil you use in West Africa is made from the Flesh of the palm fruit (not the kernel !!) and has a red colour then it can be classified as red palm oil and it should contain tocotrienols which are so beneficial to health. You can presumably have your local palm oil analysed to verify the tocotrienol content.
Best regards
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