Did you know that the hydrogenated palm oil you use on your skin has been stripped of its healthful content? Palm oil that has been hydrogenated is nothing more than a fatty acid that has been “thrown out” during the manufacturing process. Palm oil is often purchased in its “unrefined” form because it’s cheaper. However, what you may not realize is that this substance has been stripped of all its benefits.
What Hydrogenated Palm Oil Contains?
What are these “bad” things that are being removed from our food? The first to come to mind are the saturated fatty acids. Palm oil contains no unsaturated fatty acids, which is why it can be hydrogenated. Palm oil is often purchased for its rich taste in comparison to other vegetable oils. However, other healthy foods, such as canola and saffrain oil, can have the same content of these healthy fatty acids.
The next thing that we want to look at are the trans fats. This is a combination of vegetable oil and hydrogenated palm oil that have been treated with solvents. It is typically found in high concentrations in peanut butter, corn syrup, cookies, potato chips, and ready-made meals. In addition to containing no nutrients, trans fats can actually increase your body’s cholesterol level.
When Carbohydrates Food is too much
Then there are the carbohydrates. While it’s always good to eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, the problem comes when there are too many carbohydrates in food. The more carbohydrates you have, the harder it is for your body to break down sugar. Unfortunately, the “bad” carbohydrates that are found in processed foods are converted into sugar during the heating process. Therefore, we find that the “good” carbohydrates found in whole grains and legumes are turned into glucose instead of converted into glycogen which is an energy source.
The last component that we will discuss are called refined bleached deodorized palm oil or FLD. It has been claimed that this form of hydrogenated palm oil is even worse for our health than regular hydrogenated palm oil. It contains around four percent hydrogen, but does not have the refining methods used to create regular hydrogenated palm oil. As a result, the body has a difficult time getting rid of toxins. Some of these toxins come from the body’s own immune system which reacts to the presence of toxic chemicals.
Dioxane & Hydrogenated Palm Oil
That leaves us with one more element that is present in the hydrogenated palm oil market. This ingredient is called dioxane. This substance is even more dangerous than hydrogenated palm oil since it is considered a known carcinogen. It is so dangerous that the EPA has stated that any personal care product that contains it must contain Dioxane among its listed ingredients. If this is true, then there are some major problems with the hydrogenated palm oil market.
The better alternative for our skin is plant based oils such as avocado and grape seed oils. These oils are full of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids that our bodies need. The better manufacturers also choose to process them under heat or at a very high temperature to remove any damaged or unhealthy components that could show up during testing. There is another benefit to using these plant based oils: they do not contain any types of petroleum byproducts called paraffin or petrolatum.
So what’s the big deal about all of this? The big issue is that consumers are being given products that contain high levels of hydrogenated oils when there is clear evidence that the health concerns associated with them are unsubstantiated by recent studies. It is extremely important that consumers avoid any type of hydrogenated product when possible. If you want to know how to tell whether a product is hydrogenated or not, look for the “non-hydrogenated” or “saturated fats” statement. You should also look for the absence of added hydrogen at the end of the description.