Palm Oil is perhaps one of the most misunderstood commodities there is. Used in almost every industry from cosmetics to hospitality and more, this humble oil gets a bad rep from the rest of the world which raises the question- if palm oil is bad then why is the Indian government promoting its cultivation throughout the country?
There are so many paradoxes surrounding this oil that the amount of information AND misinformation out there can truly overwhelm you. Of course, individuals have various concerns regarding where the product comes from, how it is made and more. But all that is set to be answered with many manufacturers coming up with certificates of origin,
which can help you track where your product comes from. Right from which farm it was grown, to where it was processed and how it reached you in the store next to you. That is the highest level of transparency one can achieve in the present scenario.
The Indian Scenario and the Palm Oil Truth
The Government of India has recently relaxed the certificate of origin requirements in light of Covid-19. But many manufacturers of Malaysian palm oil are actually increasing their efforts to address all concerns of various groups in the society.
If you’d remember my previous post around palm oil, you’ll notice that it is one of the most environmentally friendly oils there is. It is also used in products we consume regularly, from ice creams to chips and more. But when it comes to using palm oil in our domestic households, it’s a different story. The whole attitude towards it changes, which is ironic. The oil has no smell or taste of its own. This is why it is preferred by the hotel industry so much. It is also one of the cheapest oils available in the market. Easily digestible and does not remain intact in the digestive tract for long, the benefits are many but so are the myths surrounding it.
It makes you wonder if there is a huge lobby working against this oil? Well, that is for you to decide.
Until next time.
You can check the MPOC website here.