Palm oil is bad: saturated fat blame for the Istituto Superiore di Sanità

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Is palm oil bad for you? What are the health consequences of using palm oil as a food ingredient? The Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) has expressed its opinion on palm oil at the request of the Ministry of Health.

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THEPalm oil it hurts? What are the consequences for the health of using palm oil as a food ingredient? L'Istituto Superiore di Sanita (ISS) has given its opinion on palm oil at the request of the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health published a summary of the ISS opinion on palm oil on its website. The ISS first of all highlights that palm oil is a relevant source of saturated fatty acids.

Indeed palm oil it is made up of 50% saturated fatty acids (almost exclusively from palmitic acid) and 40% from monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid). The remaining 10% is made up of polyunsaturated fatty acids (linoleic acid).

The negative health effects of palm oil can be linked to its high content of saturated fatty acids. In fact, science has now determined that Excess saturated fatty acids in the diet has negative health effects, in particular with regard to the increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.

The ISS highlighted that among the sources of saturated fatty acids present in the common diet, in addition to palm oil contained in industrial products, we find milk and derivatives, eggs and meat. The intake of saturated fatty acids it should not exceed 10% of total calories within our diet.

According to the ISS, palm oil it can affect cardiovascular risk like other foods rich in saturated fat, as the XNUMX/XNUMX cup salted butter. Other dietary fats, such assunflower oil, have a lower intake of saturated fatty acids and a greater intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

The ISS claims that the consumption of palm oil "is not related to the increase in risk factors for cardiovascular disease in normal-cholesterol, normal-weight, young subjects and who at the same time take adequate quantities of polyunsaturates".



Instead, population groups such as children, elderly, dyslipidemic, obese, patients with previous cardiovascular events, hypertensive “They may be more vulnerable than the general population”.

For this reason, highlights the ISS, in the context of a varied and balanced diet, including foods naturally containing saturated fatty acids (meat, dairy products, eggs), it is necessary to reiterate the need for limit the consumption of foods that carry high amounts of saturated fats.



Read Thu the summary of the ISS opinion on palm oil and download Thu the PDF with the complete opinion.

Marta Albè

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