Palm Oil , Palm Kernel Oil
Every oil palm tree requires approximately 3m diameter clear around the base of each tree to allow full growth. Oil palm is highly productive crop which is capable of yielding more oil from less land than any other vegetable oil in existence. One oil palm tree will produce ongoing fruit for up to 30 years deeming the crop as high yielding and sustainable..
Palm Oil is used in around 50% of products consumers purchase and use on a daily basis. Palm Oil and derivatives otherwise known as fractions of the oil are used in the manufacture of prepackaged food, cosmetics, cleaning products, hair care, soaps and personal care items. Palm Wax is used in the manufacture of candles.
Palm Oil is also used to manufacture bio fuel and has become what is called the green fuel option for Motor Vehicles, shipping and Aircraft fuel. Palm is also used as feed for livestock named as palm kernel cake (PKC) which is a by-product of palm kernel oil. PKC is considered a medium grade protein feed used to fatten cattle and other livestock.
Palm oil, sometimes called palm fruit oil, is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet and is found in about half of our packaged foods. It is naturally cholesterol-free, trans-fat free and non-GMO. Palm oil is also nature’s richest source of vitamin E tocotrienols, which support heart, liver and brain health. Red palm oil gets its beautiful orange color from its high beta carotene content. It has more carotenes (pro-Vitamin A) than carrots.
•Palm kernel oil, which has a chemical composition similar to coconut oil, is now mainly used for non-edible purposes such as making soaps, cosmetics and detergents.