What is palm oil?
Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is commonly used in household products. The palm oil tree, Elaeis guineensis, flourishes in humid tropics and is farmed in Africa, Asia, North America and South America. 85% of the palm oil that is produced is exported from Indonesia and Malaysia. Palm oil is made from the flesh of the fruit of the tree, while Palm Oil Kernal is made from extracting the oil of the fruit’s seed. Palm oil is used in about 50% of products that are purchased and are often used on a daily basis. It is used in prepackaged foods, cosmetics, soaps, cleaners, and more. Outside of household products, palm oil is also used in some livestock feed as palm kernel cake and is often used to fatten the livestock.