Palm oil is bad for your health. The CSS of Belgium advises against its consumption

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Palm oil not recommended in Belgium. Palm oil is bad for your health. The confirmation comes from Belgium, where its use has been officially discouraged. The Belgian Higher Health Council ruled against it, recommending that its use be limited. This is no simple goal, as palm oil is the most widely used vegetable fat in the food industry.



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THEPalm oil It is bad for health. Confirmation comes from Belgium, where its use has been recommended officially. The Superior Council of Health Belgian ruled against it, recommending that its use and intake be limited. This is not a simple goal, as palm oil is the most widely used vegetable fat in the food industry.



Under accusation is its high content of specific saturated fatty acids capable of causing the formation of dangerous plaques on the walls of artery. The food industry uses it for the production of margarines, spreads, snacks, crackers, biscuits, breadsticks and sweet and savory baked goods in general.

He prefers it to other oils since it is a versatile and low cost product. Unfortunately, they are seriously linked to palm oil production environmental damage, Starting from deforestation. Now its negative health effects are being reaffirmed. Unlike other oils, palm oil contains not only the common saturated fats, but high quantities di AGS-ath type greases (C12, C14 and C16) which are considered real enemies for the arteries.

Here is why the Belgian Higher Council of Health has decided to speak out against palm oil and to advise against its use within the food production chain. Suggest to use different vegetable oils, rich in unsaturated fats and low in the most dangerous saturated fats for the arteries.

Up to this moment, thepalm oil had been defended by some, because of its content of Vitamin E and of carotenoids precursors of Vitamin A. According to the Belgian Council, the vitamins present in palm oil they are not enough to counterbalance its richness in AGS-ath fatty acids. Furthermore, the consumption and use of other foods and ingredients rich in these substances, such as XNUMX/XNUMX cup salted butter and cream, or the hydrogenated vegetable oils.


The Council suggests choosing foods prepared with olive oil. Among the alternatives to palm oil, indicates linseed, corn and sunflower oil.


Unfortunately, the presence of palm oil in packaged foods is not always verifiable. The ingredient usually hides behind the words "vegetable oils" e "vegetable fats". For Labels more transparent food, we will have to wait until next year. From December 2014, the food industry will be obliged to indicate the origin on the label and the type of oils used, according to the new European regulations.



Marta Albè

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