There’s finally a way to say yes to Palm oil, enjoying all the benefits with a smile in your heart. Without guilt tainting your enjoyment of the preservative and dye-free, not to mention delicious oil; it’s time to let go and fully indulge. If lowering your cholesterol wasn’t a good enough reason to start using the flavourful oil, perhaps the fact that it’s packed with anti-oxidants will.

What is RSPO certification?

The purpose of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) is to make sure large companies and small holders (that is, independent farms no larger than 50 hectares) alike, use planting, maturing, harvesting and shipping techniques that don’t harm people or the environment.

We all know about the profit hungry organisations encouraging the horrific ‘Slash and Burn’ methods to create vast Palm Oil fields. Not only are they responsible for devastating the environment, their greed has contributed to the enslavement of countless locals, including children as young as eight to work in harmful conditions.

While the animal lovers and forest protectors are chanting “Say no to Palm Oil”, desperate to save the valuable ecosystems that are home to orangutans and tigers, another group of voices are trying to pitch their own song. Theirs is all about saying “Yes to sustainably farmed Palm Oil”.

Red Palm oil after all, is a natural product, easily one of the healthiest oils and its use as an additive in food products is much healthier than most forms of chemical additives found in food. Some of the health benefits obtained from the use of Palm oil include;

  • Contains a high level of carotenoids-One of the highest in nature
  • Has water-soluble powerful antioxidants, phenolic acids and flavonoids.
  • Helps in improving deficiencies of vitamin A, D and E
  • Kick-starting the metabolism.
  • Helps to reduce inflammation in the body
  • Contains very stable fatty acids making it useful for hair, skin and personal care products.

Working with the likes of WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), the RSPO runs training programs that “Engage and commit all stakeholders throughout the supply chain, including governments and consumers”. In short, their established and proven framework, aims to regulate every stage of the Palm Oil kernel’s journey to ensure the least harm is caused.

Why Buy RSPO Certified Products

Thankfully we live in an era where more consumers prefer that their hard earned money not only contributes to efforts to promote environmental sustainability, but also prevents modern day slavery, unnecessary and harmful deforestation as well as hazardous working environments.

With over fifty percent (50%) of supermarket aisles shelving products that contain palm oil, avoidance might be easier said than done. Truth be told, you shouldn’t have to avoid one of nature’s finest offerings; you should be able to say yes.

When buyers use a brand of oil that is RSPO certified, they know they’re supporting an organisation proactively fighting for sustainability. By working with research and development teams both within the vulnerable communities and the lab, they can continue to foster harmonious relationships.

Our children should not grow up with the perception that Palm oil is inherently ‘bad’ as this oil has sustained generations of people with its countless health benefits. In fact Palm oil is one of the best kept secrets of many ethnic communities. It is time to say Yes! to sustainably farmed Palm Oil.

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This article first appeared on AfriCaribindubai.com

 

 

 

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