Palm Oil

What is Palm Oil?

Palm Oil is oil derived from the fruit of a palm tree. [1]

What Does "Fractionated" Mean?

You might find on your label, "Fractionated Palm Oil". This is considered the least healthiest form of the three known Palm Oils available. [1]

"Fractionation means the oil has been physically separated into its different parts. All oils are made up of varying percentages of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Usually fractionation is used to give you more of the saturated (more solid) part than is found in the whole oil. Fractionation does not change the chemical structure of the fat molecules, as hydrogenation does. I think everyone should avoid partially hydrogenated oils (the primary source of trans fats). Fractionated oils are like other saturated fats, which should be limited if you have a problem controlling your weight or cholesterol. They are generally not a concern if you are burning all of the calories you consume." [2]