I’m curious if any of you who cook using palm oil have either stopped cooking with it, or reduced the amount you use in your cooking because there seems to be a belief (at least in my area of the world) that this oil contributes to heart disease and/or artery clogging.
My mom has drastically reduced her use of the oil in her cooking, even though she is still partial to the stuff. If I could reduce my consumption of ijekuje (junkfood) like she has with the oil, I’d be dramatically slimmer. I remember 15 years ago, on our way back to Canada from Nigeria, my mother had palm oil from Nigeria in a paint can (the paint can was carefully cleaned out prior to its use of course). And of course, the immigration officers looked suspiciously at the can and were planning to confiscate it. You should have seen my mom begging and going on about how this oil was essential to her health and her life as she knew it! You would think they were threatening to deny one of her own entry into Canada.
Surprisingly they allowed her to bring the palm oil in (this was before 9/11), but she knew she’d never get away with it again, especially since they have only become stricter about bringing food from abroad into the country.
So back to my question: what are your thoughts about palm oil?