Among the staple cooking oils you’ll find in a Filipino home is palm oil and it is a good thing not only because this type of oil is cost-efficient, but also because palm oil has many health benefits as well.
An article released by WebMD stated that Palm oil is used for preventing vitamin A deficiency, cancer, brain disease, aging; and treating malaria, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cyanide poisoning. Palm oil is also used for weight loss and increasing the body’s metabolism.
However, I recently went to an event with other moms and learned that not all palm oils are created equal as there are some which have extenders or solid fats mixed with the palm olein. In order to ensure that what we are buying is made of 100% Palm Olein goodness, we can try any of the tests below at home.
1. The Runny Oil Test
Cooking oils made with 100% palm oil are runnier and not sticky.
Click this link to see the video of the Runny Oil Test – Jolly Claro vs. Other Palm Oil
2. Smell and Taste Test
Palm oil made with pure palm olein has no awful taste or smell. In the video linked below, mom bloggers were given the chance to judge the smell of Jolly Claro, another popular brand and an unbranded palm oil.
3. Freezing Test
Unlike non-pure ones, it takes a longer period of time for 100% pure palm olein to solidify when placed inside the freezer. And when thawed, you’ll notice that the pure frozen palm oil goes back to it’s oil state faster while those with fats or extenders remain in it’s lard state. See video below for an actual version of this experiment.
There are many palm oils you’ll find in the market yet a comparative study between an unbranded, a popular brand and Jolly Claro Palm Oil proved that the latter is made from 100% pure palm olein unlike the other two that have extenders or solid fats.
Our family decided to use Jolly Claro Palm Oil after seeing its advantages.