Natural Palm Oil is a Traditional Food:
For many years most of the food eaten by the human race, whether raw or cooked,
came from natural, unprocessed foods. Sometimes they were fermented, such as with
wine, yogurt and vinegar or breads that use leavening to rise. 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 precious
oil long before the time of Christ. And just like the olive, for centuries palm trees
supplied many basic foods in warmer areas. These foods ranged from the dates of the
date palm (in dry, North Africa, the Mediterranean, etc.), to oils from the oil
palm (in tropical, rainy Africa and Asia). For millennia these oil palms have
supplied precious, deeply orange oil from the pulp of their fruit.
Where does Natural Palm Oil come from? 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. Our
Natural Red Palm Oil comes from Malaysia which is considered the "Palm
Oil Capital of the World". More palm oil is produced and exported from Malaysia
than any other country.
How is Natural Red Palm Oil different from other
There are very few natural red palm oils available in America. Most palm oil in
America has been refined, bleached and deodorized. RBD palm oil has a bland flavor and
is completely colorless because all of the antioxidant vitamins have been stripped
(carotenoids, tocopherols and tocotrienols). Our Natural red palm oil still
contains these natural substances giving it a dark red-orange color not found in the
Our Natural Red Palm Oil has been allowed to cool to room temperature. This
causes the stearic acid to solidify and fall to the bottom of the vat. When the top
liquid faction is then decanted, the fatty acid profile is higher in fat soluble
vitamins and lower in saturated fats (which have solidified and dropped out). This
yields fatty acids similar to olive oil with a very rich red-orange color, much deeper
in hue than standard crude red palm oils. Most of the red palm oils that are
available in America are not like Wilderness Family Naturals' Natural Red Palm
Oil. Instead they are crude palm oils that contain lower levels of carotenoids,
tocopherols and tocotrienols and higher percentages of stearic acid, (an 18 carbon
chain saturated fat).
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 type of fat 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.
Best Red Palm Oil, 2.8.2010
Reviewer: Elaine Simms
(Los Angeles, CA)
The 17.2 oz Red Palm Oil was the last item we got around to trying in our order. For several years I have been using red palm oil, but this is the first time for Wilderness Family Naturals. I believe this is the BEST of any other brand out there. We were disappointed with the salad dressings we ordered, so we use the Red Palm Oil instead. My favorite is steaming fresh organic winter greens & using this oil along with spices like garlic powder, salt & pepper & a touch of vinegar as a dressing on the "cooked salad".
The best oil, 1.19.2010
(Walla Walla, WA)
This oil is the best. Chocolate cake made using this oil is very tender and moist. We especially enjoy using this oil for making popcorn. The popcorn is a golden color and looks and tastes buttery. Great product!
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 1 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.
Tocotrienols, Tocopherols and Carotenoids. For the most recent breakdown Click Here.
Natural Red Palm oil is a liquid at room temperature, and has a rich bright red color. When solid, it is a lighter orange-red color. This rich red color is due to the high content of natural carotenoids. The carotene content is above 500 mg/kg! These carotenoids are mainly beta carotene (275mg/kg) and alpha carotene (175 mg/kg). Natural carotenes are also found in other orange foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins. Tocopherols and tocotrienols are related fat soluble antioxidants in the vitamin E family.
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.
What are Tocotrienols? 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 vs. Palm Kernel Oil 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.
Recipes: 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
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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