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Confused about this Palm oil's fat composition

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 23, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I've been browsing the healthy fats available in my area and I've ran into this brand of "dende oil", which seems to be palm oil after running that through google. It also has the distinct reddish look and solidifies in the fridge...

The nutrition facts state its fat content per 13ml as 12.2g unsaturated fats (labels don't specify mono or poly here), and 0.8g of saturated fats. This would be roughly 93% unsaturated and 7% saturated.

Unless fat breakdown is measured in a different matter, this would mean it's 7% SFA and 93% "UFA" right?

I'm just wondering because palm oil is supposed to be about 50% saturated from what I've found online and I'm trying to figure out whether the product is safe. If not I'm stuck with olive + animal fats.

EDIT: the brand is CEPERA in case somebody knows it.

F8e19a88425aadeb3f1dd4dc3b0a3613

on July 14, 2012
at 02:10 AM

I'm afraid it's not an option, I'm in Argentina and our offer of oils isn't very varied. It's rather difficult to stay on the paleo side around here, specially if you're trying to avoid feedlot beef and farmed salmon...

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 24, 2012
at 02:16 PM

Ignore earlier comment if you saw it. Cepara sells both mixed and !00% dende.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 24, 2012
at 02:14 PM

I did some checking on Cepara. It looks like what they sell is 50% palm oil and 50% soybean oil. Not good. Shame to ruin good palm oil with soy.

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on June 24, 2012
at 01:04 PM

Wow daz! Great answer! I up vote anything with a picture !

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on June 24, 2012
at 08:19 AM

not sure what's going on there then. fyi, the complete label info for the red palm fruit oil i have is; sat 48%, monounsat 42% & polyunsat 10%

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on June 24, 2012
at 08:18 AM

not sure what's going on there then. fyi, the complete label info for the red palm fruit oil i have is; sat 48%, monosat 42% & polysat 10%

F8e19a88425aadeb3f1dd4dc3b0a3613

on June 24, 2012
at 05:38 AM

Many thanks, it's the cepera brand by the way, label says just dende no additional ingredients are listed.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on June 24, 2012
at 05:22 AM

its possible that its Not 100% palm fruit oil. double check the ingredients. i saw a 'dende' oil here http://www.latinmerchant.com/productdetail.asp?ProductID=O0002 that is 50% soy oil. I have some 'organic virgin red palm oil' that is 48% saturated fat.

F8e19a88425aadeb3f1dd4dc3b0a3613

on June 24, 2012
at 05:01 AM

Many thanks. I saw the same chart at tropicaltraditions, (http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/red_palm_oil.htm) and their nutrition facts contains 25% saturated fat per serving (3.5/14), which still leaves me wondering what can make the dende oil I found have sucha a different percentage!

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on June 24, 2012
at 04:00 AM

As Roth mentions, do not confuse palm oil with palm kernel oil.
It looks like Dende oil is palm fruit oil from Brazil.
Dende in Portuguese translates to something like 'palm oil'.

Palm fruit oil (dende oil), sometimes called red palm fruit oil is made from the 'meat' (mesocarp) of the palm fruit.
Palm kernel oil, is made from the kernel (pit) of the palm fruit.

Confusingly, i have seen both types referred to as palm oil.

"Dend?? Oil: This oil is the mainstay of Bahian cuisine, and is the product extracted from the dende palm tree, which was brought to Brazil by African slaves, back in the XVII century. The fruit and the pit are used in two different ways. The dend?? oil used in cooking is extracted from the fruit pulp; first it is cooked in steam, then it is dried completely in the sun. Following this process the fruit is crushed to release its oil. It is very normal to see some sediment on the bottom of each bottle. To make it liquid again, simply place the bottle of dend?? in a bowl with warm water and let sit for 20 minutes. The result is a bright orange-red colored oil. The pit is also used to extract oil of a different kind, with a transparent color, mostly used for cosmetics for its similarity to cocoa butter..."

Edit: oh, & yes it is "safe". & probably one of the highest food sources of Vitamin E you are likely to find. & with 7 of the 8 tocopherols and tocotrienols from memory.

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7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on June 24, 2012
at 01:04 PM

Wow daz! Great answer! I up vote anything with a picture !

F8e19a88425aadeb3f1dd4dc3b0a3613

on June 24, 2012
at 05:38 AM

Many thanks, it's the cepera brand by the way, label says just dende no additional ingredients are listed.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on June 24, 2012
at 08:18 AM

not sure what's going on there then. fyi, the complete label info for the red palm fruit oil i have is; sat 48%, monosat 42% & polysat 10%

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on June 24, 2012
at 05:22 AM

its possible that its Not 100% palm fruit oil. double check the ingredients. i saw a 'dende' oil here http://www.latinmerchant.com/productdetail.asp?ProductID=O0002 that is 50% soy oil. I have some 'organic virgin red palm oil' that is 48% saturated fat.

F8e19a88425aadeb3f1dd4dc3b0a3613

on June 24, 2012
at 05:01 AM

Many thanks. I saw the same chart at tropicaltraditions, (http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/red_palm_oil.htm) and their nutrition facts contains 25% saturated fat per serving (3.5/14), which still leaves me wondering what can make the dende oil I found have sucha a different percentage!

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on June 24, 2012
at 08:19 AM

not sure what's going on there then. fyi, the complete label info for the red palm fruit oil i have is; sat 48%, monounsat 42% & polyunsat 10%

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68e1ce58aa4747bcef0ee051185c2961

on July 13, 2012
at 05:42 PM

How about macademia oil. It is 80% monosaturated and has no trans fats. It taste very good--light and nutty. Macademia cooking oil just offers us one more option.

F8e19a88425aadeb3f1dd4dc3b0a3613

on July 14, 2012
at 02:10 AM

I'm afraid it's not an option, I'm in Argentina and our offer of oils isn't very varied. It's rather difficult to stay on the paleo side around here, specially if you're trying to avoid feedlot beef and farmed salmon...

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 24, 2012
at 12:39 PM

I suspect that the manufacturer/supplier messed up the label. Red palm oil is mostly SFA and MUFA. There is an easy way to tell.

If the oil is solid at room temp, it's mostly SFA. If it's liquid at room temp it's mostly MUFA or PUFA.

Coconut oil (mostly SFA) melts at about 76F, Palm oil is solid to a higher temp than that.

Added: Just checked on my oils. The coconut is liquid and the red palm is solid. While it's around 72F inside now, it was in the high 80s yesterday and near 100 for days before that. Verdict - mostly SFA in my bottle.

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3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

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on June 24, 2012
at 01:37 AM

Palm oil or palm kernel oil? There's a difference.

PKO is saturated from what I understand and PO is some SFA and mostly MUFA (similar to EVOO.)

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78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on June 24, 2012
at 12:19 AM

Dende oil is derived from the fruit pulp of the dende palm; regular palm oil is pressed from the pit or kernel of the fruit.

http://www.yumsugar.com/Cooking-Dende-Oil-15227213

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