Palm Oil Coverup

Palm Oil Coverup

Hayley Royal, Exposer

Palm oil, a thicker and more solid version of vegetable oil, is a staple ingredient in products ranging from lipstick to biodiesel to packaged bread and ice cream.The product is highly revered by some organizations for the economic boost it gives the countries that produce it.

These developing countries, including Malaysia and Indonesia, generate a significant source of income from exporting palm oil to other countries. In addition, many studies have linked the oil to health benefits. Some group even promote the product as a healthier alternative to other vegetable oils because palm oils typically contain a lower percentage of trans fats. However, the World Health Organization has recently accused the palm oil industry of employing techniques similar to those of both tobacco and alcohol companies to cover up the negative effects of the oil on health.

While WHO acknowledges at least four separate studies that indicate only positive effects of palm oil, the organization points out that the research was conducted by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board. Because of this, concerns have surfaced over the reliability of the studies. WHO encourages the completion of studies performed by outside companies in order to either corroborate or undermine the existing research. Until such experiments have been conducted, WHO warns of the possible health consequences related to the product, cautioning that the product we once considered the healthiest option may be the most dangerous.