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Do Palm Oils Increase Heart Risk?

Published: June 28, 2012

I know that coconut oil is bad for a person. What about palm oil?

The answer depends on whether the oil is extracted from the fruit versus the kernel (pit) of the Elaesis guineensis palm plant. Both oils are high in saturated fats, which the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute warns can increase heart attack and stroke risk. But emerging data suggest that palm fruit oil used in moderation delivers a unique blend of fats that provide health benefits and also contain antioxidants.

So check labels carefully when selecting palm oil products. And another caution: Avoid palm oils sold in processed or fractionated form. It increases shelf life but reduces potential health gains.

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