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Vitamin E content of Red Palm Oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 11, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I've been looking into using red palm oil as a vitamin E "supplement," as vitamin E is the only nutrient I'm not hitting high levels on (according to Cron). Apparently virgin palm oil is super-high in tocepherols but I can't seem to find any actual (per-gram) nutrition facts. NutritionData has an entry for palm oil but it lists the vitamin E content as a mere 2mg/tbsp, so I'm inclined to believe virgin palm oil's content is higher. According to ND, a tbsp of palm oil has over a gram of omega-6, so I'm only going to consider red palm oil if it's vitamin E levels are high enough to make that an acceptable sacrifice (I watch my O-6/O-3 ratios very closely).

Does anyone have a link to a nutritional analysis of red/virgin palm oil? Or maybe just per-gram/tbsp vitamin E content? I'd be much obliged.

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on January 21, 2012
at 03:03 PM

best answer ever

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on January 21, 2012
at 04:49 AM

Did you just pick your own post as the answer? LOL

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on January 12, 2012
at 03:12 PM

lol FED. I did not know abs could fight!

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on January 12, 2012
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lol. that's hilariuos FED. I did not know abs could fight!

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on January 12, 2012
at 02:36 AM

@ Futureboy - I understand and appreciate your concern about the environmental impact of palm oil. This might not gel with some people's priorities, but in the end I don't eat to save the planet, I eat for my personal health. As always though, I'll do my best to source responsibly.

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on January 12, 2012
at 02:33 AM

Hi FED, thanks for the links - I've seen those graphs on TT's site, but unfortunately the Vitamin E graph doesn't translate very well to mg or RDA's. Any idea how to convert ppm into something more meaningful?

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on January 11, 2012
at 11:39 PM

Great abs think alike Jack. Seriously though, your abs would kick my abs' ass any day of the week!

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on January 11, 2012
at 09:15 PM

Wow I just saw FED's comment after writing mine. Basically the same point.

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on January 11, 2012
at 09:11 PM

and I respectfully disagree with your recommendation against using it. Just because people are stupid in how they get it to us does not make it "Red Palm Oil's" fault. You could say the exact same thing (with far more weight behind it actually) about not using oil for automobile gasoline. But I drive daily.

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on January 11, 2012
at 09:07 PM

see my post here from last night on another thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/89366/best-way-to-get-vit-e . Futureboy, read the link from Jungle Products. It is regarding the "global evil" that you speak of.

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on January 11, 2012
at 07:14 PM

The same argument could be made for beef. Are we then going to lump grass-fed, extensive production with CAFO beef and indict all consumption as supporting a "global evil" that causes rainforest to be mowed burned for rangeland? You could apply this same arguement to just about every food product (or product in general). Check out the book, or reviews of the book "Bananas!" for just one example. (http://articles.boston.com/2008-01-03/ae/29276599_1_banana-united-fruit-cavendish). IMHO a much more compelling case can be made for supporting the fair trade and sustainable producers.

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on January 11, 2012
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The same argument could be made for beef. Are we then going to lump grass-fed, extensive production with CAFO beef and indict all consumption as supporting a "global evil" that causes rainforest to be mowed burned for rangeland? I think that just about any food product can be said for bananas (I'm not even kidding, check out the book, or reviews of the book "Bananas!" to see why) http://articles.boston.com/2008-01-03/ae/29276599_1_banana-united-fruit-cavendish

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on January 11, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Red Palm oil is a global evil. There's plenty of discussion about it here on PH. It all comes down to the fact that ANY use of palm oil, whether sustainable and fair trade, or not, causes demand for cheap palm oil, which is the kind that kills orangutans and forests and biodiversity, and destroys villages and pits neighbor against neighbor in the third world. Don't use it.

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A0f2f0f632d42215944a798486bddde1

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on January 15, 2012
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Weekend arrived and I did some deeper digging online. I found two charts (1, 2) that listed the Vitamin E content of palm oils. From the notes I gathered that the palm oils examined were either crude or extra-virgin. I did the math, here's what I got:

1 Tbsp. of Palm Oil (14g)

2.5mg-9mg Tocepherols (6mg Avg.)

7.5mg-12mg Tocotrienols (10mg Avg.)

There are no RDAs for mixed Tocepherols or Tocotrienols, but those are pretty high amounts (my numbers could be much lower than actual amounts: I wasn't sure if a "-" on the charts indicated a lack of tocopherols or that the amount wasn't measured, but I counted it as a zero value). The RDA/DV of Vitamin E is for Alpha-Tocepherol only, and ranges from 10g to 20g. Assuming an RDA/DV of 15g, 1 Tbsp. of palm oil contains:

2mg-4mg Alpha-Tocepherol (3mg. Avg.)

Which corresponds to 15%-25% RDA/DV (20% Avg.). 1 Tbsp. of Palm oil also contains 1.2g Omega-6 fatty acids (compare 0.25g for Coconut Oil, 1.3g for Olive Oil).

So, is red palm oil a viable source of Vitamin E? I'd say yes. It offers more Vitamin E per gram of Omega-6 than almonds or olive oil (17% RDA vs. 11% & 8%), and wheat germ oil is out of the picture for paleo eaters (7.5g PUFA per Tbsp. and it's wheat). It's a natural source of mixed tocepherols (understood to be more beneficial than synthetic, isolated tocepherols), has a ton of tocotrienols and caretenoids, and is fairly low in PUFA. I watch my 3/6 ratios very closely so I won't be eating more than a Tbsp. or two a day, but it'll be enough to provide a decent boost to my Vitamin E, something that's not too easy to get on a Paleo diet.

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on January 21, 2012
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on January 21, 2012
at 04:49 AM

Did you just pick your own post as the answer? LOL

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on January 11, 2012
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Tropical Traditions has some information on their site that might help...http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/red_palm_oil.htm

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on January 12, 2012
at 02:33 AM

Hi FED, thanks for the links - I've seen those graphs on TT's site, but unfortunately the Vitamin E graph doesn't translate very well to mg or RDA's. Any idea how to convert ppm into something more meaningful?

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on February 21, 2012
at 05:21 PM

check out the book by dr bruce fife, it may help, it is all on palm oil. he also wrote about coconut oil, cookbook and coconut flour. good luck!

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on June 22, 2012
at 03:43 PM

there is debate about many aspects of palm oil (many covered above including environmental, economic and social repercussions) and also about nutrition (such as saturated fat content and health benefits of the bioactives) if you want accurate composition information check out the WHO FAO website or the AOCS publications

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