Ask an expert
Question

28 Nov 2004

Is palm kernel oil bad?
Many years ago I read that palm kernel oil found in foods is bad for you, is this true (I have found no info on the net) and what is the difference between palm oil & palm kernel oil?
Answer 1,054 views
Expert
DietDoc
DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Sas
I am actually planning to write a DietDoc Topic on this subject. Palm kernel oil is derived from the seed or kernel (hence the name) of palm fruits and has a negative reputation because it contains high levels of saturated fats. Palm oil on the other hand, is made from the fleshy portions of the palm fruit and is exceptionally healthy. It contains phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, a special form of vit E called tocotrienol (powerful antioxidants), lycopene which is known to protect against cancer and other carotenoids. Palm oil is used extensively for cooking and food preparation in the Far East and is the number two edible oil in the world. Hopefully we will soon have palm oil available in our health shops and supermarkets. It has a red colour and can be used to prevent cancers and heart disease.
Best regards
DietDoc
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.