Palm oil can cause many diseases, including the cardiovascular system.
Surely many have heard that palm oil is very harmful, and buying products with its content is an extremely bad idea. But why is it so dangerous? And can the same be said for coconut, olive and sunflower oil?
What is palm oil?
Palm oil is a product made from the fruit of the oil palm. This oil is very common all over the world due to its low price. Nutritionally, this product is similar to any other oil, while it is a cheap replacement for trans fats, which, by the way, are prohibited in many countries. Palm oil contains vitamins K and E, albeit in small quantities.
What is the main threat?
This type of oil is not recommended for those who have problems with the cardiovascular system. The fact is that this product is capable of causing an increase in blood cholesterol levels. And this is a direct blow to the heart and blood vessels. Experts advise women to be especially careful. Try to pay attention to the composition of the products you buy. Favorite cookies, sweets, muesli, waffles or gingerbread can all contain large amounts of palm oil.
Reheating is harmful
Interestingly, fresh palm oil is practically harmless. The same cannot be said about the heat-treated oil. Worse than that, only reheating the palm oil. Unfortunately, this procedure is often indispensable. Therefore, foods with its content are not recommended to be eaten often. After all, their regular consumption contributes to the formation of deposits in the arteries, which can lead to serious health problems. At the same time, sunflower, olive or coconut oil may well be used in cooking dishes where heat treatment is required.
One of the reasons for calling palm oil harmful and dangerous is that the manufacture of this product has serious consequences for the environment. Since oil is considered a fairly cheap product, its production is very widespread. For this reason, three times a year there is a massive deforestation of tropical forests, which has a very detrimental effect on nature. Many scientists are beginning to sound the alarm, as the problem is gaining momentum every year.