Frequently Asked Questions
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Coconut oil comes from the fruit ("nut") of the coconut
palm. Palm oil and palm kernel oil come from the fruit and the
seed of the oil palm, respectively.
The palm kernel seed resembles a miniature coconut. The oil is
similar to coconut oil because it is rich in the medium chain
fatty acids -- lauric acid (50%), caprylic acid (4%), and capric
acid (4%) (as discussed in Fabulous Fats!).
Palm kernel oil is used mostly in candy making.
Palm oil contains approximately 50% saturated fats, 40% mono-unsaturated
fats and 10% poly-unsaturated fats. It is widely used as a cooking
oil in Africa and Asia. European manufacturers are now using it
to replace trans fats in snack foods and baked goods.(1)
(1) Enig, Mary. Know
Your Fats. Silver Spring, MD: Betheda Press, 2000.