Palm oil : the world's leading vegetable oil.
As palm production has increased to cope with global demand, it is possible that the palm oil will be exported and used by all the people in 202 countries around the world in the future.
Why do we use palm oil?
Palm oil is used in many of the products on supermarket shelves, from margarine and chocolate to ice cream, soaps, cosmetics, and fuel for cars and power plants.
Only three types of oils that ideal as cooking oil - coconut oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil. However, coconut oil and palm kernel oil is not very suitable because a chain saturated fatty acids are short and its influence on food.
Palm oil is a balanced oil with a unique chemical composition that offers greater advantages compared to other vegetable oils.
So, palm oil is the choice! The fatty acid composition and content of natural antioxidants in the form of tocopherols and tocotrienols, making it ideal for cooking. In addition, palm oil quality specifications can be modified to suit the use.
Edible oil or RBD (Refined, Bleached and Deodorized) oils and fats are used in everyday items such as sauces, margarine, cooking oils, french fries, biscuits, confectionery and snacks.
The reason why palm oil is so popular is because:
Why Malaysia Palm Oil?
Malaysia is prominence and has a competitive advantage in the palm oil industry, as it has for more than 100 years of experience, proficiency and market leadership in terms of productivity and R&D. Malaysia palm plantations emphasizing energy efficiency which lead to high productivity of palm oil compared to other edible oil plant in terms of the 'input-output‘.
Malaysia has always ahead in regulating the oil palm industry. Compliance and enforcement of the rules, particularly the Environmental Quality Act 1974 is constantly taken into account.
In Malaysia, palm planted area totalled only 8.5 million hectares but its production totalled 28.7 million tonnes of palm oil per year compared to other crops. 90% of the Malaysia's palm oil production exported to 140 countries around the world, besides contributing to 60% of vegetable oils and fats which are traded on world markets. Though Malaysia is second in producing palm oil, Malaysia is the world's largest exporter of palm oil.
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