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Miracle of 2013: “Live Better, Longer and Lose All That Weight”

30 January 2013

“Live better, longer and lose all that weight” that is how starts the programme Dr Oz. Host claims that red palm oil is a miracle oil for longevity, which also fights belly fat and combats heart diseases.

Red palm oil is powerful multipurpose oil, which can be used in different ways. Its attractive bright colour is obtained because of carotenes – super powerful antioxidants. This element is also contained in carrots and tomatoes, but in red palm oil concentration of carotene is considerably higher.

Moreover, miracle product contains tocotrienols, which is a special form of vitamin E. No other vegetable oil has as much Vitamin E as compared to palm oil (Chow 1992). This element is considered to be cardioprotective, because it reduces blood pressure and has an ability to reverse blockage of the carotid artery and clumping of sells together, thereby reducing the risk of stroke, arteriosclerosis, and ischaemic heart diseases. (Mukherjee, Mitra 2009)

This product has so many debates around because of having saturated fats in it. Nevertheless, Palm kernel oil does not contain cholesterol or trans fatty acids.
None of the oils taken together: almond, walnut, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin oil, have the same amount of antioxidants as the red palm oil alone does.
Recommended intake is two table spoons per day. There a variety of recipes could be found on how to use oil in your ration. One of the tips given on the show is to spread red palm oil (as it is quite solid) over the bread, add to the oatmeal or as a salad dressing.

Further, hosts claimed benefits of oil on the brain. Thus, it is considered that oil is capable to prevent Alzheimer and reduce incidents of dementia. Dementia is a syndrome, which is characterised by lose of cognitive functions, such as language, memory, problem solving etc. Some studies claim decrease of bad cholesterol up to 40 % over the first month of usage. This claim stays debatable.

To sum up, red palm oil is indeed product, which contains a vast amount of valuable components, but as with any product it is important to avoid overconsumption, but stay within a recommended levels of intake. Since it is shelf stable, contents of one bottle would be enough for a long period. Furthermore, It is crucial for consumers to get aware who is the producer of the red palm oil and if it is indeed produced as organic.


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Palm Oil Is Everywhere

Palm oil (Elaeis guineensis) originates from West Africa. Once planted, after 3-4 years’ palm oil trees start to producing its first fruits and will continue all year-round for up to 30 years. Oil Palm is high yielding; it produces more oil per hectare than any other major oil seed crop.

Did you know that half of your items in your house contain palm oil?
Palm oil is also the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet

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Why Farm Organically?

With a growing population, nearly 10 billion people by 2050, and an increasing demand for food, agriculture is placed under extreme pressure. We heavily rely on services that the industry provides to us, such as food, clothes, wood, and many others. Unfortunately, with biodiversity losses and deforestation practices that accompany modern agriculture, these services are currently at risk. Therefore, we must take actions to sustain biodiversity, soils and forests for the generations to come

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An Important Role of Intercropping in Modern Agriculture

Population of our planet is constantly growing. The threat of insufficient food supply in the near future encourages intensification of the search for more productive agricultural technics. At Natural Habitats, we believe that well-planned intercropping is one of the most effective and sustainable ways to increase agricultural productivity.

Intercropping, as well as other forms of multiple cropping, is an ancient method of intensive agriculture that involves cultivation of two or more crops simultaneously on the same field

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Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

Deforestation caused by many palm-oil producers, harming wildlife habitats, has been a widespread concern around the world. However, more and more palm oil is now being sourced sustainably with a help of the certification initiative promoted by a non-profit association Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) that aims to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. Natural Habitats as 100% organic and sustainable producer was certified with RSPO standard in 2013.

In May 2013, Natural Habitats in Ecuador (Exportsustent) together with Solidaridad and National Association of Oil Palm Growers (ANCUPA) developed a pioneering project Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

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An Ongoing Education of Farmers

Natural Habitats believes in doing business in harmony with the environment. This is the reason for us to continuously encourage smallholder farmers in Ecuador and Sierra Leone into getting involved in organic and sustainable production of palm oil.

On a regular basis, we educate and train our smallholder farmers in nature preservation and organic farming practices for not only their own good but for the betterment of the society

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Fair Trade Explained

Today, we are surrounded by numerous certifications on the products we buy at supermarkets. It is getting more and more confusing to figure out what exactly most of them stand for. Some labels are self-explanatory and some are not. Fair for Life Social and FairTrade certification belongs to the second category. Therefore, most of the consumers do not even realize that while they purchase Fair for Life or FairTrade certified products they contribute to the empowerment of poor around the world

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Why Healthy Palm Oil is not an Oxymoron

When people hear about palm oil the first thing that usually comes to their mind is heart disease. The logic is pretty simple: fifty per cent of the oil consists of saturated fat that supposed to be bad for the heart, therefore, palm oil causes heart disease. However, numerous studies continue to confirm that palm oil does not promote heart problems and, if anything, it protects against them

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Sustaining Food Security

Pressure on the world’s food supply is constantly increasing due to population growth, changing diets and government policies promoting biofuels. Current estimates suggest that by 2050 the food demand will be twice what it was in 2005. Biotech companies have strongly promoted the idea that genetically engineered (GE) crops are the key to “feeding the world”. According to Environmental Working Group , recent studies show that this promise has fallen flat

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