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Palm Oil does not increase your risk of heart disease. Or does it. Find out here

Whether palm oil is healthy or unhealthy for you is a hotly contested topic. It has long been criticized for being harmful because it is thought to raise the risk of heart disease. But is it actually accurate? Research indicates the opposite. The fruit of the oil palm tree, from which palm oil is derived, is abundant in tropical areas throughout the world, including Ghana in Africa, New Guinea in the Pacific, Indonesia, and Malaysia in Southeast Asia.

Every packaged food item you eat contains palm oil, one of the most extensively used oils in the world. But is it actually harmful? It is promoted as the healthiest vegetable oil in numerous research. Here are several advantages of using palm oil when cooking.

1. Rich in antioxidants: Antioxidants like vitamin E and beta-carotene are abundant in palm. All of the body's free radicals are neutralized by antioxidants, avoiding cellular damage and maintaining the health of the body's tissues. By shielding the brain from free radical damage, vitamin E not only aids in preventing cellular damage but also lowers your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

2. Reduces cholesterol production: The palm tree is also high in tocotrienols, a subclass of vitamin E that is known to prevent the body from producing cholesterol.

3. Reduces hypertension: Stress is another risk factor for hypertension in addition to consuming a lot of salt. A study found that palm oil helps lower hypertension brought on by both stress and a high salt diet.

4. Protects your heart: The benefits of palm oil for the heart are hotly contested. In addition to being high in antioxidants and having the ability to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, palm oil is also well known for lowering platelet aggregation, lowering the risk of atherosclerosis, and lowering arterial thrombosis.

The downside of palm oil

According to a study, oxidized palm oil is not very healthful. The refined oil that typically makes it to us is oxidized oil. When compared to fresh palm oil, oxidized palm oil has negative impacts on the blood's lipid profile. Additionally, it is known to raise the blood's levels of cerebrosides, phospholipids, and free fatty acids. Additionally, according to the study, oxidized palm oil is harmful to the reproductive system and harms the kidneys, lungs, liver, and heart.

Another multi-country study that examined the relationship between palm oil consumption and cardiovascular disease mortality asserts that greater Ischemic Heart Disease mortality rates in developing nations are associated with increased palm oil consumption. 

Despite the possibility that some of the studies are essentially propaganda, there are just as many that indicate palm is both good and bad. But one study emphasized that consuming fresh or unoxidized palm oil can lessen the hazards connected with it.

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