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Know the Strengths and Weaknesses of Palm Oil

Such palm oil cannot be lost from an Asian kitchen. This oil has benefits and disadvantages that you need to know. In Indonesia as the world's largest producer of palm oil, palm oil is usually used to fry food. Not only for cooking, but the oil obtained from oil palm trees is also used in the industry. Namely for the manufacture of cosmetics, soap, toothpaste, candles, lubricants, and ink. And it turns out, oil which is often referred to as vegetable oil contains saturated and unsaturated fats, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and is thought to have antioxidant effects.

Know the Strengths and Weaknesses of Palm Oil

Advantages of palm oil
Palm oil is not only useful for frying. There are also several other properties of palm oil, although the truth still has to be proven by further research.
Overcoming vitamin A deficiency
According to some evidence, adding palm oil to the diet of children and pregnant women is thought to reduce the risk of vitamin A deficiency. But there is a dose, which is 2 tablespoons per day for children less than 5 years, 3 tablespoons per day for adults and children over 5 years, and 4 tablespoons per day for pregnant women.
Brain protection
In a study, researchers found that tocotrienols (a type of vitamin E found naturally in palm oil), are thought to protect the brain from the development of pulpal alba lesions (white matter lesions) and abnormalities seen or detected on brain imaging tests. Pulpal lesions are considered a manifestation of cerebral artery disease (brain), as an illustration of the various degrees of nerve aging and damage to brain tissue. The appearance of ALBA pulp lesions in a brain test is often a sign of an increased risk of stroke, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease in a person.

Palm oil shortages
Although it has properties for the health of the body, palm oil is also often thought to be the culprit for the emergence of blood cholesterol and other diseases.
Heart disease
Palm oil is high in saturated fat. Eating foods high in saturated fat can increase cholesterol levels in the blood. Too much bad cholesterol LDL can cause fat buildup in the arteries. As a result, blood flow to the heart and brain is blocked, eventually increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
According to one study, the increase in palm oil consumption in developing countries has to do with the rate of death from coronary heart disease. In addition, according to another study, replacing palm oil with polyunsaturated nonhydrogenated vegetable oil is thought to reduce the risk of having a heart attack.
Therefore, it is recommended to avoid or limit the use and consumption of fat sources from palm oil. It is recommended that only about 7% saturated fat from the total daily calories that can enter the body or less than 14 grams of saturated fat per 2,000 calories per day.
Acrolein is a toxic and foul-smelling product produced by oil. A study reveals that palm oil that has been fried will contain acrolein, although the amount is not as much as in sunflower seed oil.
Now, to keep the heart healthy, let's start reducing and limit the use of palm oil
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