Natural Red Palm Oil
For many years, most of the food eaten by the human race, whether raw or cooked, came from natural, unprocessed foods. Nuts and seeds were often times pressed for oils and the oil was used in its "freshly pressed" state. In Mediterranean countries, the pulp of the olive was used to make prized oil long before the time of Christ. For centuries, just like the olive tree, special palm trees in tropical, rainy Asia and Africa supplied precious, deep red-orange oil from the pulp of their fruit. This oil, we now call Red Palm Oil.
Natural Red Palm Oil, sold by Wilderness Family Naturals, is produced from the fruit of the oil palm, Elaeis guineensis. This palm tree can be found in the wet, rainy areas of Africa, as well as the tropical rain forests of Asia. WFN's Natural Red Palm Oil comes from Malaysia which used to be considered the "Palm Oil Capital of the World". Today, Indonesia has surpassed Malaysia in palm oil production, however, Indonesia has allowed the destruction of rainforest in their pursuit of palm oil production and they only produce refined palm oil products. It is important to us that the oil palms used for the production of our Red Palm Oil come from an ecology-based company whose plantations have been in existence for many, many years, where they are not slashing and burning the Jungle to create more plantations. At the company we purchase from, the rainforest around them remains intact and no new rainforest is being destroyed. This company has won a number of awards for their environmental consciousness and they have been at the forefront of changing the practices of palm oil producers around the world. All the Red Palm Oil sold at Wilderness Family Naturals is RSPO certified. The company we purchase from is a founding member of this organization.
The journey of RSPO started in 2003 as an informal co-operation among top palm oil producers. In 2004, RSPO was legally registered in Switzerland as a nonprofit organization and set up offices in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Jakarta (Indonesia).
Today the RSPO principles, criteria and indicators extend far beyond just conserving primary rainforest. They require a comprehensive, independent social and environmental impact assessment, which includes soil types and other high conservation values important for biodiversity.
The RSPO Principles and Criteria were drafted through an open and intensive dialogue between oil palm growers, palm oil processors and traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, environmental/nature conservation NGOs and social/developmental NGOs. Also, public consultation rounds were held to gain additional input.
The environmental criteria for plantations are directed at preventing further loss to primary forests or other high conservation value areas, reducing negative impacts on soil, habitats of endangered species and overall biodiversity, and development of water and energy-efficient production methods.
The Social concerns that are addressed apply to palm oil production employs and support the fair treatment of millions of plantation workers, small farmers and their families. The social criteria for plantations are directed at strengthening local poor people's livelihoods by preventing conflicts about the rights to use land, providing income security to workers, small oil palm farmers and their families, protecting health and living environments, ensuring human and labor rights, and supporting legal compliance.
The Roundtable has developed a Code of Conduct for all of its members. It has agreed on Principles and Criteria that define sustainable palm oil production. They include standards for palm oil plantations, on dealing fairly with employees and impacted communities, conserving natural resources and biodiversity, and developing new plantings responsibly.
The Roundtable has approved independent, well-established certification bodies, which audit palm oil mills and plantations and provide certificates to those that meet the RSPO's Criteria.
To meet the needs of many end-users, the Roundtable has defined four ways for companies to purchase certified sustainable palm oil. All four supply chain systems are designed in such a way as to assure oil processors and consumers that the sustainable palm oil they buy indeed corresponds with oil that is produced in a sustainable way.
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There are very few natural, great tasting, red palm oils available in America. Most palm oil in America has been refined, bleached and deodorized and does not exhibit any color. This is because during the refining process they remove all substances (other than the fatty acids) from the oil resulting in purified oil similar to many of the other refined oils currently in the standard American diet. Soybean oil, Corn oil, Safflower oil, and Canola oil are all refined oils found in grocery stores throughout America today. Unfortunately, this means all those carotenoids, tocopherols and tocotrienols are not present in refined palm oil - they are removed by the refining process. However, if a palm oil is not refined, then it is a crude palm oil which contains a rancid taste. Neither option is ideal.
Our palm oil begins with the careful selection of premium fruit from an isolated island off the coast of Malaysia. The fruit is picked and then rushed by boat to a special mill that sits waiting for the ship's arrival. Everything must happen very quickly because as the palm fruit sits, the free fatty acids in the fruit and its oil will also increase. The original pressing of the fruit must create an oil that contains less than 1% free fatty acids. This means that within hours of picking the fruit, it must be at the plant undergoing manufacture into oil. And then only minimal processing takes place to make sure there are no free fatty acids while maintaining the rich reddish-orange, fat-soluble, vitamins. That means that when all manufacturing is finished, this natural red palm oil still contains these substances, giving it a dark red-orange color not found in the refined products, yet oil without the rancidity of other red palm oils.
After manufacture, this particular Natural Red Palm Oil is allowed to cool to room temperature which causes many saturated fats (predominantly stearic acid, the main fat found in beef tallow) to solidify and fall to the bottom of the vat. When the top, liquid faction is decanted, the decanted fats are higher in fat soluble vitamins, stronger in color and lower in saturated fats. This yields a fatty acid profile with a similar saturated fat to unsaturated fat ratio as found in olive oil, and a richer red-orange color much deeper in hue than standard crude red palm oils.
Another way that Wilderness Family Naturals' Natural Red Palm Oil is different from crude palm oil is in taste. In our Natural Red Palm Oil the free fatty acids have been removed. By doing this, the taste of the palm oil becomes very mild and its shelf life is greatly extended.
Wilderness Family Naturals' Natural Red Palm Oil is rich in natural carotenoids (vitamin A), is a good source of tocopherols (natural vitamin E) and contains tocotrienols. It contains about 50% naturally occurring saturated fats and 50% unsaturated fats. The fats in Natural Red Palm Oil are not synthetically hydrogenated or altered in any way. The main fatty acid found in Natural Red Palm is oleic acid, which is the main fatty acid in olive oil. Natural Red Palm Oil is a vegetable oil and therefore does not contain any cholesterol, which is only found in animal or dairy products.
Some people refer to our natural red palm oil as a "high oleic palm oil". Oleic acid is the main fatty acid in olive oil and is a mono-unsaturated fat. All other red palm oils are over 50% stearic acid and not high in oleic acid. These other red palm oils solidify at temperatures similar to that of beef tallow. That's why other companies might tell you that red palm oil is always a solid.
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How to read this chart: C12:0 means this fatty acid is a chain of 12 carbon atoms with no double bonds. C16:1 means this fatty acid is a chain of 16 carbon atoms with one double bond. No double bonds means this is a saturated fatty acid, one double bond means it is a mono-unsaturated fat, and 2 or 3 double bonds means it is a polyunsaturated fat.
Red palm oil is rich in beta-carotene, which makes up over 75% of its total carotenoid content and supplies one serving of the oil with 120% of the RDI for vitamin A. One tablespoon of this oil contains more beta-carotene than an entire carrot (1) and over 10 times more beta-carotene than tomatoes! (2)
One serving (1 Tbsp. or 14 grams) of Wilderness Family Naturals' Natural Red Palm Oil actually contains 5978 IU beta carotene, 1834 IU of alpha-carotene and 80 μg of lycopene. (3) These fat soluble antioxidants (phytonutrients) are responsible for the dark red-orange color of the oil.
(1) 1 raw carrot is approximately 72 grams and contains about 5965 μg of beta-carotene or 82.9 μg beta-carotene/gram.
(2) 1 raw tomato is approximately 123 grams and contains about 552 μg of beta-carotene or 4.5 μg beta-carotene/gram.
(3) Tocotrienols, Tocopherols and Carotenoids. For the most recent breakdown Click Here.
Natural Red Palm Oil also contains the antioxidant vitamin E (13% of the RDI in each serving) and 12,040 μg of tocotrienols per serving, which are also members of the vitamin E family. Tocotrienols are the real powerhouse with some research showing them to have 40 - 60 times the antioxidant activity of ordinary vitamin E. Tocotrienols are not found in other vegetable oils such as soy bean oil, canola oil, rape seed oil and sunflower oil. However, tocotrienols can be found naturally occurring, but in much lesser quantities, in rice bran, barley, wheat germ and oats.
The combination of vitamin E, tocotrienols, and carotenes, makes palm oil a super antioxidant food with a lipophilic ORAC score of 2,451 μmole VE/L.
Tocotrienols, Tocopherols and Carotenoids. For the most recent breakdown Click Here.
Tocotrienols are members of the Vitamin E family. This family is comprised of both Tocotrienols and Tocopherols. Tocotrienols differ from the Tocopherols in that they contain three double bonds in the side-chain. In total, there are four types of Tocopherols namely alpha, beta, gamma and delta and four corresponding types of Tocotrienols isomers.
Alpha Tocotrienol is 40-60 times more potent than normal tocopherols making it an important fat-soluble antioxidant. The palm oil based Tocotrienol complex contains all 4 Tocotrienol isomers D-Alpha-Tocopherol, D-Alpha-Tocotrienol, D-Gamma-Tocotrienol and D-Delta-Tocotrienol. While most natural vitamin E sources contain primarily tocopherols, Natural Red Palm oil, by contrast, contains mostly Tocotrienols and only 15% of the daily value of natural tocopherols.
Palm Oil, made from the fruit of the oil palm, is sometimes confused with Palm Kernel Oil, which is made from the kernel (the inner seed) of the oil palm fruit. These two oils are actually quite different. While Palm Kernel Oil has a fatty acid profile similar to coconut oil, (predominantly composed of medium chain fatty acids), palm oil has a fatty acid profile high in oleic acid (similar to olive oil). Additionally, Palm Kernel Oil does not contain the carotenoids, tocopherols and tocotrienols found in Natural Red Palm Oil or the palm fruit.
Most oils become rancid from exposure to heat, light, and oxygen. Red palm oil is naturally protected by its antioxidants, giving it resistance to oxidation, rancidity and free radical formation. Wilderness Family Naturals' Red Palm Oil can be safely used for cooking, and consists of approximately 42 percent saturated fatty acids, 50 percent monounsaturated fatty acids, and 14 percent polyunsaturated fatty acids. The combination of monounsaturated and saturated fats along with its naturally occurring antioxidants gives red palm oil a smoke point over 400°F.
This red palm oil is not hydrogenated, nor processed with toxic solvents such as hexane, and contains no trans-fatty acids.
Roxana's Tahini Dressing
1 cup Tahini Butter (ground sesame seeds)
¾ cup Natural Palm Oil
2 cloves garlic
1 whole lemon - juiced
sea salt, or natural salt, to taste
purified water - to desired thickness
Put lemon juice and garlic in a high powered blender and blend at high speed. Add remaining ingredients. Add salt to taste and water to desired thickness.
Roxana's Vegetable Sauté
¼ to ½ cup natural palm oil
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 red onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced in long slices
1 large carrot, sliced in oval shape
1 small red cabbage, sliced thinly
1 cup, organic bean sprouts
Optional: Cashews, sunflower seeds and/or sesame seeds
Lightly sauté garlic and onions together in natural palm oil. Add red pepper, carrot and red cabbage and cover. Continue to lightly simmer until desired tenderness. Top with fresh bean sprouts and nuts or seeds, if desired.
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