If you’re familiar with Artisan Tropic snacks, you know that we use sustainable palm oil to crisp our plantain and yucca strips. It’s one of three ingredients or less that we use in our snacks and one that we take great care to source.
Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil extracted from the fruit of the oil palms. According to the International Institute of Sustainable Development, palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world today. What makes it so attractive? Palm oil has many benefits. It has the perfect balance of fatty acids, which makes it stable for cooking at high temperatures unlike some other vegetable oils, which can become unstable when heated. Palm oil is also cholesterol free and since it doesn’t require hydrogenation, it’s also trans-fat free.
Other benefits of palm oil
Palm oil also has nutritional benefits that highly refined, polyunsaturated fats don’t.
- It’s a rich source of Vitamin E.
- Palm oil is the richest natural source of Beta-Carotene (pro-vitamin A).
- While rumors say saturated fats are bad, quality and unrefined saturated fats can be good for us. In the vegetable kingdom, quality saturated fats come in the form of coconut oil and palm oil.
- Healthy cooking oils are a product of nature, not the laboratory. They are stable when heated and have a long tradition of use by healthy populations.
We use only sustainable palm oil
While palm oil has numerous benefits, demand for the oil has led to environmental concerns, which is why at Artisan Tropic we use only sustainable, non-hydrogenated 100% vegetable palm oil in our snacks. Our palm oil is purchased from Colombian palm oil farmers who are dedicated to producing sustainable palm oil. They cause no deforestation and all the byproducts produced while extracting the palm oil are used as organic compost. It’s part of our promise to you to offer a clean, healthy snack free of preservatives and harmful ingredients.
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