Palm Kernel Oil vs. Palm Fruit Oil

It’s what is inside that counts. We often get questions about the palm fruit oil in Smart Balance® spreads, and we are happy to explain the difference between palm fruit oil and palm kernel oil, something we never use in any of our products. Palm fruit oil comes from the fleshy, orange part of the fruit, and is rich in monounsaturates or “good” fats. Palm fruit oil is an important part of Smart Balance’s oil blend that can support healthy cholesterol levels already within the normal range.

 

Palm kernel oil, on the other hand, comes from the innermost kernel, or nut-like core, of the plant. The kernel contains highly saturated fats that can clog arteries. Studies indicate that highly saturated fats like palm kernel oil are worse for you than the dietary cholesterol that occurs in foods. So instead of eating margarines or spreads with palm kernel oil, use great-tasting, creamy-smooth Smart Balance® buttery spreads and butter blend sticks.

 



More Articles You May Find Interesting

From the Lab to the Living Room: Sodas and Hypertension

A not-so-sweet hypertension risk.   Love your afternoon regular soda? If sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are a regular part of your day, it might be a good idea to consider an alternative,...

Plant Sterols and Cholesterol

Q: What are plant sterols and how do they affect cholesterol?   A: Plant sterols and stanols (also called phytosterols and phytostanols) are compounds naturally present in small amounts in many plant...

Q: Is coffee good or bad for heart health? It seems like I've heard both.

A: The phrase “use moderation” may sound common, but that’s only because it’s so true. And coffee is no exception. The general medical consensus is, for most people, one to two cups a day is just...