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Palm Oil vs Butter?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM

I just bought a paleo cookbook and I'm noticing that in some of the recipes they are using palm oil. I'm a paleo noob so I'm like, ok what's the deal with the palm oil? Why not butter? I guess most paleos don't use diary but I don't see a good enough reason to replace my butter with palm oil. I don't have any known dairy allergies.

Or heck, why not use Ghee? Or coconut oil? Why specifically the palm oil? And when they say palm oil, which specific palm oil do they mean? The book doesn't bother to clarify.

Bd614f091f0625dea86bad5791471f2d

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on November 27, 2012
at 05:12 PM

Let's stop being so naive. Just like diamonds and chocolate, the palm oil industry is only adding fuel to the fire. Locals have been relying on palm oil as a staple in their diets for centuries, and now industrialists are taking over to plant hybridized varieties. This takes land and clean water away from people who already live in war-torn areas, ruining their lives. http://pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76280

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 27, 2012
at 02:37 AM

Which is why you choose West African sourced palm oil over SE Asian.

D9e4b265ef308c8cabf847559fd8be2e

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on November 26, 2012
at 11:40 PM

Thanks for the tip Matt. That looks pretty good. I~ll give it a try!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 26, 2012
at 11:14 PM

RPO need not be expensive. Omni brand can be had on Amazon.com for $11/32oz. Seems every bit as well-sourced as stuff priced double.

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D9e4b265ef308c8cabf847559fd8be2e

on November 26, 2012
at 10:38 PM

Red Palm Oil is a nutritionally unique oil, and is also pretty stable. However, there may be reasons beyond nutrition or smoke point for choosing RPO. It's widely used in African and Caribbean cuisines, and in some Brazilian (In Brazil it is called dend??) dishes like acaraj??. RPO has a very distinct smell and flavor and gives food a nice yellow-orange tint similar to saffron.

But...well sourced RPO is expensive and sometimes difficult to find. I use this brand: http://www.junglepi.com/products/red_palm.html

So, you certainly could substitute ghee or coconut oil, but some culinary expression might be lost in translation.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 26, 2012
at 11:14 PM

RPO need not be expensive. Omni brand can be had on Amazon.com for $11/32oz. Seems every bit as well-sourced as stuff priced double.

D9e4b265ef308c8cabf847559fd8be2e

(370)

on November 26, 2012
at 11:40 PM

Thanks for the tip Matt. That looks pretty good. I~ll give it a try!

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5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on November 26, 2012
at 09:00 PM

If you can get your hands on some good red palm oil it would make a good substitute, as it's one of the best dietary sources of vitamin E.

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on November 26, 2012
at 08:30 PM

If you tolerate dairy, butter is my preferable to refined (the white colored) palm oil in my opinion. Refined palm oil oil seems to carry some potential health risks.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/m442p82p72577868/

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Bd614f091f0625dea86bad5791471f2d

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on November 27, 2012
at 02:10 AM

I hate to be the Debbie Downer, but I'm not sure why people are still using palm oil when the industry is all but entirely corrupt, displacing hunter-gatherer groups, destroying the ecosystem, and committing violent crimes on a regular basis.

http://radcliff.hubpages.com/hub/Murder-Extortion-and-Breakfast-Cereal-How-the-Palm-Oil-Industry-Destroys-Lives-and-Ecosystems

Substitute palm oil in your recipes with other cooking fats, like the ones you mentioned.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 27, 2012
at 02:37 AM

Which is why you choose West African sourced palm oil over SE Asian.

Bd614f091f0625dea86bad5791471f2d

(775)

on November 27, 2012
at 05:12 PM

Let's stop being so naive. Just like diamonds and chocolate, the palm oil industry is only adding fuel to the fire. Locals have been relying on palm oil as a staple in their diets for centuries, and now industrialists are taking over to plant hybridized varieties. This takes land and clean water away from people who already live in war-torn areas, ruining their lives. http://pambazuka.org/en/category/features/76280

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9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

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on November 26, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Maybe they suggest Palm because of the higher cooking temp required? If so I don't see any reason why you couldn't replace with coconut or ghee--maybe not butter because it would burn

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