Monday, May 29, 2006
Red Palm Oil
I've recently learned about Red Palm Oil, the "king of all oils." I'm trying to learn more about the African diet and what our children might enjoy to eat once they come home. Here's a little info on red palm oil. One single tablespoon of red palm oil contains 10,000 IU of immunity boosting vitamin A which is enough to eliminate the risk of the common cold and the 'flu by 67 %. This oil is incredibly beautiful. It has a rich orange color when cool and a deep red hue when melted. The color comes from its richness in natural carotenoids, tocoplerols and tocotrienols which are powerful super antioxidants.
This oil is naturally rich in vitamin A for a properly functioning immune system. It contains no cholesterol and actually raises your HDL, your "good" cholesterol level while simultaneously lowering your LDL, the "bad" kind. It is naturally rich in vitamin E for a healthy heart. The antioxidants in red palm oil act as scavengers. They prevent and eat up the free radicals that are the instigators of most of our modern diseases-Alzheimer's, senility, rheumatism, heart attacks, arthritis, asthma, Parkinson's disease, cancer, spinal muscular atrophy, macular degeneration, and stroke.
This wonderful oil also makes you slender! It can trim body fat by 27%. Reasearch shows it can melt off those stubborn pounds. "The secret is palmolein, a compound in red palm oil that helps your liver break down sugar for energy before it can be stored as fat," explains nutrition researcher, K.C. Hayes, Ph.D.
You can also heat this oil and use it in cooking/your favorite recipes (substitute for butter). Palm oil is stable for cooking and is protected by its high levels of vitamin E, antioxidants and has a natural resistance to oxidation and rancidity. It is resistant to rancidity. Most olive oils sold in clear jars are already rancid when you purchase them as oils are very easily oxidized by light. Always purchase olive oil in dark glass or tins. Rancid oils cause free radicals in the body.
Here's one example recipe using red palm oil.
Safari Sunshine Dream Smoothy (for entire family)
5-6 fresh bananas
5 Tbs. Safari Red Palm Oil
2 handfuls of flax seed
3 generous handfuls or Tbs. of coconut
2 heaped Tbs. raw honey
Juice of 3 big lemons
1 c. water or water of 1 coconut
3 generous handfuls of ice cubes
-Blend until smooth and enjoy!
Our African children might like to enjoy this oil on their rice, toast, in African meals, or on smoothies, desserts, etc.
If you would like to order some Red Palm Oil or donate a jar to our family, here is the info:
Safari Red Palm Oil
100% natural, virgin and organic!
Not refined, bleached or deodorized.
Order from: www.safarimkt.com
Fax: (716) 832-7533
Please email me for our mailing address if you would like to donate some oil to our family: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a wonderful day, happy eating!
*all information copied in part from Above Rubies magazine, issue #66
Posted by Becky at 10:06 AM