A couple of months back, there was much a do about Palm Oil on Newspapers and Social Media. It had become very important for me to do some research on the topic as I am a home maker myself and I am very particular about the kind of food that goes into my little one’s tummy. I was extremely delighted to know that Malaysian Palm Oil Council was hosting an event to throw some light on the topic which was a huge success as a couple of my blogger friends were going ga-ga about it. So here’s a list of some important points that I found out.
Palm Oil – Facts you need to know:
- Palm Oil is purely Vegan.
- Palm oil is safe for high temperatures and hence excellent for deep frying.
- It is Trans-free.
- It doesn’t have any flavor and hence retains the original flavor of food.
- It hardly has any cholesterol <5 ppm which can be categorized under the ‘cholesterol free’ oils unlike other vegetable oils.
- Once consumed, Palm Oil does not remain intact in the digestive tract for long, for it’s soon attacked by the digestive enzymes which get easily absorbed by the body. You can check out their website MPOC for detailed information and I’m sure most of your questions will be answered.
So here in Hyderabad, the event was organised on 10th Feb 2020, at Smokey Pitara.
The best of city’s bloggers were invited and they assembled at Smoky Pitara by 10:00 am. The Event started by 10:30 am by an informative presentation by Dr Bhavna Shah (Country Representative – India and Srilanka for MPOC – Malaysian Palm Oil Council).
She spoke about the origin of Palm oil- Palm oil is obtained from the flesh (“mesocarp”) of the oil palm fruit. Like olive oil, palm oil is a fruit oil. Palm oil should not be mistaken for palm kernel oil which is extracted from the kernel or seed of the palm fruit. Therefore, the oil palm fruit is unique. It has numerous beneficial properties which makes it one of the best oils of consumption- Palm oil has a balanced composition of both saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. Coupled with nature’s gift of high vitamin E content, the oil is naturally very stable.
Palm oil contains an equal proportion of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. It’s particularly rich in the saturated palmitic acid (44%), with substantial amounts of the monounsaturated oleic acid (40%), and smaller amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids (10%).
Palm oil has had a history of food use of over 5,000 years, and this major oil in the world’s oils and fats trade is currently consumed in over 130 countries worldwide.
Palm oil and palm kernel oil based ingredients are found in approximately 50% of products on supermarket shelves, including food and non food items. Palm oil in many countries is used as a simple frying oil, but many other markets make use of both palm and palm kernel oil:
- Consumer retail food and snack manufacturers
- Personal care and cosmetics (mainly palm kernel oil)
- Biofuel and energy
- Animal feed (palm kernel expeller)
- Foodservice/service industry
Over the past few years, Palm oil has been bad mouthed and the reason is unawareness. It has been said that the excessive usage of Palm plantation is a reason for deforestation which is absolutely wrong and a research shows that a hectare of Palm oil yeilds 10 times more oil than any other oil crop. Also, when you take the nutritional value into consideration:
Palm oil supplies fatty acids as well as important fat-soluble micronutrients like Carotenoids (includingpro-vitamin A), vitamins D, E and K.
Fatty acids are raw materials for building the membranes of every cell in your body, including your bones, nerves and brain! The micronutrients keep your body cells healthy and functioning properly.
You would be malnourished and become sickly or prone to infections if you do not have fats and oils in your diet. The same result will happen if you lack foods that supply carbohydrates, protein, minerals and other vitamins.
It was a mind boggling session for all the bloggers to know these facts and figures about Palm Oil.
Then came in the fun part, all the bloggers were divided into small teams and then began the food hunt activity. I have participated in many treasure hunts, but Food hunt is still a new concept to me! All the teams were handed over a clue card which had the hint for the first restaurant. We guessed the name and reached 10 Asia Kitchen and what awaited us was my favorite activity- Ice Cream Relay. There were 4-5 items like Vanilla ice cream, Nutella, Ferrero Rocher chocolate, Hide and Seek Biscuit and Soulful crunchies. All the ingredients had to be mixed in a bowl and supposed to be finished by the entire team. All the above ingredients used had Palm Oil, this was an eye opener to most of the bloggers. Palm oil is used for frozen desert, it is actually very versatile and gives a smooth and creamy texture to all your desserts!
Next clue card pointed towards Tiki shack and there the activity was Palm oil quiz. There were some 10-15 questions given and we had to google the correct answer. All the questions asked were discussed by Dr Bhavna in her presentation earlier and the participants got to learn much from this quiz.
Next Clue card led us to Urban Asia and we were curious to know what’s in store for us! The activity was Salad making contest. Lot of ingredients were provided and for dressing, we had to use Palm Oil. It turned out to be very good as Palm oil is odourless and Tasteless, it retains the taste of the food where used raw or for direct cooking. We were amazed at how efficient Palm Oil could be even in foods like a salad. This activity was judged by Dr Bhavna Shah and the Head chef of Urban Asia.
Next Cue card took us to Eat India Company and the activity was Blindfold Food Tasting. The bloggers were blindfolded and had to taste a dish which was prepared and then write down the ingredients. Palm oil was one of the main ingredient which was used for cooking. All of us thoroughly enjoyed the blind fold tasting session as it was a lot of fun and definitely some delicious food to gorge upon!
Post all the informative and entertaining activities, they wrapped up the event at Smoky Pitara after photo session & Prize distribution followed by Sumptuous lunch spread.
I am so glad they did this awareness campaign my city, atleast some myths that I had in my mind have been busted and now I can use Palm Oil without hesitation. Do check out their website www.mpoc.org.in
Thank you for visiting.
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