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Thu Aug 11 14:55:56 EDT 2011

I know Palm oil is saturated.We buy Smart Balance Light Tub spread that it contains Palm fruit oil.Is this safe to eat? We both like this product.
Asked By: sisterla  

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My husband is 71, Type 2 diabetic, diagnosed 4 years ago, he is diet controlled and has one Coronary Stent. I am healthy with no health problems.We eat nothing that contains partially Hydrogenated oils. I am reading labels all the time.
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2011-09-02 11:53:33.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

Glad to hear that you are paying attention to food labels. Saturated fats and trans fats are associated with elevations in LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Keeping the LDL low helps to protect the heart.

Palm fruit oil is the oil extracted from the flesh of the palm fruit. It is cholesterol free. It a semi-solid at room temperature. Food manufacturers use it as a replacement for partially hydrogenated oils.

According to the American Palm Oil Council, palm fruit oil is different and contains much less saturated fat than coconut and palm kernel oil.

Learn more about cholesterol and palm oil!

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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