Red palm oil can be commonly found in the homes of many West and Central African homes. Perhaps, there is one in your kitchen at this moment. Over the recent years obesity has been beckoning on the doors of many Africans and along with it comes high blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol. However, as you may know this hasn’t always been the case and is still not in certain parts of Africa.

The use of red palm oil can be traced back to 5000 years ago, it has been a stable ingredient in African cuisine for some time and it is currently used worldwide with countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Nigeria being its largest producers.    

This versatile oil has many disadvantages and advantages and can be found in mouth-watering traditional dishes i.e. egusi, muamba nsusu and red-red to your common soap.

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So, is it good or bad for you?

Touted as the “most miraculous find of 2013” by Dr Oz (a celebrity American doctor) palm oil certainly has many health benefits.

Although, red palm oil contains both polyunsaturated and saturated fatty acids it contains a high amount of anti-oxidants, vitamin A precursors and Vitamin E which is important for good vision and protection against toxins respectively. It has been known to reduce blood pressure, platelet aggregation and inhibit the biosynthesis of cholesterol. However, it should be noted these effects are only found in pure unprocessed palm oil.

Does this mean you can consume as much red palm oil as possible? No, like any oil when consumed in large quantities can cause weight-gain which comes with its own boat load of health problems. Furthermore, let’s not forget the ongoing controversy the palm oil industry has in regards to the environment and sustainability. It is difficult to decide if this is the best oil to use in comparison to other oils but you can be rest assured that using pure red palm oil is not as disadvantageous contrary to public belief.

Do you love cooking with Palm oil?  We want to hear from you.

Credit:  www.biomedcentral.com/Wiki/Ghana News

By Lydia Spio-Ofori 

 

Tamela Mann’s  over 200 pound weight loss! Check out  how she did it and how she keeps it off below!

Tamela Mann has her life running smoothly these days. She worked with Whitney Houston in the movie Sparkle, has a new album that is coming out, has a new show that will be airing soon, and she has reportedly dropped over 240 pounds!

Mann and her husband David knew that it was time for them to get into shape so they made some huge changes to their lifestyles and it has paid off in a big way for the both of them.

One of the biggest reasons that Mann decided that it was time to get rid of the weight was because of her health.

She was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2013. Her husband says that people come up to them all the time now and comment on how good they both look.

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They were much bigger when they had begun filming the things that they have acted in so people are stunned when they see them in person and see what a drastic change both have gone through.

One of the biggest changes for the pair was the way they ate. Mann said that they would usually sit down to a dinner that had at least two or three starches all in one meal.

They still have starches such as potatoes, but they limit it to one per meal. They have both also reduced their sugar intake significantly.

Mann said her five children put up a fight when they were living at home and they went through and found that all of the junk food had been thrown away.

They also cut soda from their lives completely. Mann says she will steal a sip or two of someone else’s every now and then but that is all she will allow herself to have.

Well done! Looking great Tamela!