Five things you may not know about Carotino and about Malaysian palm fruit oil

Bet you didn’t know that Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil helps feed the world, sustainably and nutritiously. The next time you cook with Carotino Red Palm & Canola oil, you may also want to consider:

1. An oil palm bears 8-12 fruit bunches annually, each weighing 15-25 kg and containing 1000-3000 fruits. The oil palm fruit is unique in producing two oils. Palm oil is obtained from the fleshy mesocarp (fruit) and palm kernel oil from the seed, usually in a ratio of ten to one.

2. Even if you’re new to using Carotino Red Palm & Canola Oil, you may already be consuming palm oil in other products. Malaysian palm fruit oil’s semi-solid properties make it a favorite ingredient among the food processors, who needed a healthier, non-hydrogenated oil to replace trans fats in their formulations. Palm fruit oil can be incorporated into a wide variety of food products which include cooking oils, margarines, noodles, bakery products, chocolates, hot beverages, coffee creamers and ice cream.

3. Carotino Red Palm & Canola Oil consumption won’t raise your blood cholesterol level. A re-examination of the data of some early published western studies which included palm oil, showed that when palm oil replaced the habitual fats of Western diets, blood cholesterol levels in the subjects did not go up but instead were reduced from 7-38 percent!

Subsequent research conducted in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia have firmly established that palm fruit oil tends to be neutral. It does not raise nor lower blood cholesterol levels. This is because palm fruit oil is trans-free, has only traces of the cholesterol-raising lauric plus myrisitc acids, as well as possesses a unique fat molecule configuration involving its major saturated fatty acid, palmitic acid, which renders the oil non-cholesterol raising.

Besides, palm fruit oil has a high content of special vitamin E species called tocotrienols which have a statin-like cholesterol lowering action.

4. Two teaspoons of Malaysian palm fruit oil supply the RDA for vitamin A. The carotenoid composition of Malaysian palm fruit oil resembles that of tomatoes, with beta-carotene (60%) and alpha-carotene (30%) forming the two main provitamin A carotenoids. As a potential source of vitamin A in the body, Malaysian palm fruit oil is equivalent to about 7,000 retinol equivalents (RE) per 100 grams. This means that one teaspoon of Malaysian palm fruit oil will supply the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin A of a child, and two teaspoons would supply the RDA for an adult (800 RE).

Nature has it that the body converts whatever vitamin A it needs (on top of preformed vitamin A from foods of animal origin) from provitamin A carotenoids and there’s no danger of “excess conversion”.

5. The red palm fruit oil found in Carotino is 100 percent sourced from Carotino’s own sustainable plantations in Peninsular Malaysia (where it has never been an orangutan habitat). When shopping for palm oil, read labels carefully to make sure the product has been grown and harvested in an environmentally friendly manner. Some palm oil producers have created or expanded plantations by destroying sensitive jungle habitat. Remember Carotino is the environmentally friendly oil.