All Natural Red Palm OilNatural 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 Red Natural Palm Oil come from?
Natural Red Palm Oil, sold by Wilderness 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 palm oil?
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 refined products.
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 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 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.
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.