Both palm oil and palm kernel oil are sustainable tropical vegetable oils, which come from the fruits of the oil palm trees grown in ecologically friendly Malaysia. However, palm oil and palm kernel oil have very different chemical composition and physical properties. Palm oil is usually used for food, and palm kernel oil is mainly used in the manufacture of soap, cosmetics and cleaning agents and other edible purposes. Palm oil is mainly used in the life as edible oil, palm kernel oil is mainly used in industrial production. Palm oil and palm kernel oil are indispensable elements of modern human life.
Differences between palm oil and palm kernel oil
Palm oil is a very healthy food oil:
Palm oil is the fat that is squeezed out of the fruit from oil palm trees, hence you'll also see it called "palm fruit oil." Palm oil is semi-solid at room temperature, giving it the same desirable characteristics as partially hydrogenated oils, but without the health risks. Rich in nutrients such as beta carotene and vitamin E tocotrienols, palm oil can be used as an ingredient in ice cream, cookies, crackers and cake mixes.
Palm kernel oil is commonly used in cosmetics, home and personal care products:
As the name suggests, this oil is derived from the kernel or seed of the fruit in oil palms. It contains more saturated fats than palm oil and is very commonly used in commercial cooking since the higher saturated fat content allows for greater stability at higher temperatures and better shelf life.
Palm kernel oil is similar to coconut oil in terms of chemical composition, physical characteristics and uses.
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