There is so much risible nonsense these days, but there’s nothing more risible than the disingenuous guff released by environmental groups on palm oil! It’s gotten so bad that when you read anything on palm oil, you should look beneath the sauce to see if it’s pasta.
We’re moved to write these series of papers detailing the lies that are fed to the world at large by green groups and blindly regurgitated by a main stream media that is too undermanned or too lazy to investigate the roiling cauldron of blunderbuss allegations against what is probably the world’s healthiest and most sustainable oilseed crop bar none!
We discussed last week how ironically, both CSPI and the NHSA and the mainstream media who gave them column inches and airtime for their misguided campaigns against palm oil, were all complicit in the actual poisoning of America for the campaigns ended up glorifying trans fats which began to become accepted by industry and the consumer alike. We also highlighted how trans fats became exposed as far worse artery-clogging fats and how the Mayo Clinic ended up issuing a warning that trans fat is double trouble for your heart health.
Heart Helper, Disease Fighter
Red palm oil has great science behind it for its beneficial role in fighting heart disease and high cholesterol. Over the past two decades, researchers have intensely studied red palm oil’s effect on cardiovascular health and the preliminary results initially baffled scientists.
At room temperature, this semi-solid oil seems as likely as lard to clog your arteries. But what might shock you to learn, as it has equally stunned researchers, is that although red palm fruit oil is indeed high in saturated fat, it actually protects against heart disease. Saturated fats behave like a thick molasses through the cardiovascular system, eventually contributing to plaque (atherosclerosis).
But studies show that adding palm oil into the diet can remove plaque build-up in arteries and, therefore, reverse the process of plaque and prevent blockages. In fact, studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have shown that a natural form of vitamin E called alpha tocotrienol, which is the form found in high amounts in red palm fruit oil, can help reduce the effects of stroke by 50% by protecting your brain’s nerve cells.
Removing plaque is not the only way red palm oil may protect against strokes and heart attacks. Red palm oil can also improve cholesterol values and also helps maintain proper blood pressure. Science now understands that inflammation in the artery lining is what warrants cholesterol to deposit in the first place. So, it makes sense that the protective effects come from the high antioxidant, anti-inflammatory content of the red palm oil which works to quench free radicals and keep inflammation under control.
But red palm oil’s benefits aren't exclusive to heart health. Research is showing that the antioxidant power of red palm oil can be of help in protecting against a variety of health problems, including osteoporosis, asthma, cataracts, macular degeneration, arthritis, and liver disease. It can even slow down the premature aging processes by protecting the skin against damaging UV rays.
When it comes to your brain, the special form of vitamin-E (tocotrienol) in red palm oil stops destructive damage and improves blood flow to brain cells, which can also help to prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
The high antioxidant content of red palm oil makes it a potent anti-cancer food. Though tocotrienols can be found in rice bran, barley and wheat, red palm oil is the richest source of tocotrienol. Research suggests that this form of vitamin E may help fight skin, stomach, pancreas, liver, lung, colon, prostate, breast, and other cancers (see: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/why-you-should-give-red-palm-oil-try) Additionally, research has shown that red palm oil promotes nutrient utilization, improves liver detoxification pathways and improves immune function. THE END…To be continued…