In 2010 we were very pleased to have a visit from Prof Johan Esterhuyse PHD Faculty of Health & Wellness Sciences, Cape Town University in South Africa to our shop at the Queen Victoria Market. Professor Esterhuyse has studied Red Palm Fruit Oil and has many of his studies published including this one looking at the protective factors Palm Fruit Oil has on the heart.
Health benefits of a natural carotenoid rich oil: a proposed mechanism of protection against ischaemia/reperfusion injury. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 2008;17 (S1):316-319.
Tribal Tastes is concerned about adulterated palm oil being sold as Red Palm Fruit Oil in Australia. This is Palm Kernel Oil which has been deoderised and coloured with food dye. Ensure that African Food is purchased from registered food premises and is labelled. Tribal Tastes - feast from Africa proudly stocks 100% Pure Red Palm Fruit oil.
The following are characteristics of adulterated product.
For thousands of years West Africans have used 100% Pure Red Palm Fruit Oil in their cooking. Palm Fruit Oil is completely different to Palm Kernel Oil, which is only used by West Africans for skin & hair care!
Science in Africa On-line magazine published an article in Sep '05 explaining the health benefits of Pure Palm Fruit Oil in terms of high levels of carotenoids & Vitamin E.
Carotenoids The striking ruby-red colour of Palm Fruit Oil is due to the exceptionally high levels of caroteinoids (e.g. a and carotenes and lycopene in the product Palm Fruit Oil has on average 13 to 15 times more carotenes than carrots and 40 to 50 times more than tomatoes. These carotenes are non toxic, pigmented precursors of vitamin A. Our bodies convert them into vitamin A as and when required. Vitamin A is important in, amongst others, maintaining good vision and supporting the immune system. In addition, carotenes have strong antioxidant properties - they remove damaging oxygen-free radicals, prevent certain forms of cancer and delay the aging process.
Vitamin E: tocopherols and tocotrienols Palm Fruit Oil also has high levels of tocopherols and tocotrienols, which are two forms of the strong antioxidant, vitamin E. They, too, remove damaging oxygen-free radicals from the body. Among all vegetable oils, Palm Fruit Oil has by far the highest level of naturally occurring tocotrienols. Tocotrienols have been reported in scientific literature to prevent cardiovascular diseases, lower the serum cholesterol level, decrease platelet aggregation, inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer cells, protect the skin against UV radiation and offer some protection to nerve cells.