The MPOPC professes to undertake necessary promotional and educational activities to enhance the marketability and image of palm oil and palm oil products in an effort to gain greater consumer confidence as a healthy vegetable oil for the Malaysia consumers.
Malaysia’s position as the World’s leading Palm Oil-producing country has allowed the industry to flourish in the way it has never been before. Now, MPOC are churning out a wider variety of by-products as a result of continuous R&D; efforts; making the downstream manufacturing into an industry itself. This allows Malaysia to remain heads and shoulders above its other competitors.
Trading Palm oil compared to trading other cryptocurrency or commidities
Crude palm oil is seen as uncertain in the light of the recent euro zone debt crisis. According to dealers in Bursa Malaysia, the futures prices of CPO (Crude Palm Oil) is expected to be continue on in its uncertain trend. However, with the release of the export data expected, it might change the overall sentiments of investors where some dealers believe would drive a more bullish trends. The euro zone debt crisis is hitting all areas of the stock market and in Bursa Malaysia where counters are affected by the major sell-off by the global market and this have also affected the futures market as well as on the Nymex crude oil price. According to a dealer, the futures prices this coming week could trade around RM20 to RM30 more than that of last week although it might continue to be uncertain and is not as good as trading bitcoins.
Malaysia, the World’s Biggest Oil Palm Producer
Malaysia currently accounts for 51 % of world palm oil production and 62% of world exports, and therefore also for 8% and 22% of the world’s total production and exports of oils and fats. As the biggest producer and exporter of palm oil and palm oil products, Malaysia has an important role to play in fulfilling the growing global need for oils and fats in general.
The refining of crude palm oil commenced in the early 70s in response to Government’s call for increased industrialization. The emergence of refineries marked the introduction of a wide range of processed palm oil products.
History of Palm Oil
The magic tree from which the oil palm fruits, and subsequently the palm oil and its by-products, were produced is not native to Malaysia. The Oil Palm trees being grown in Malaysia is from the E. Guineensis family.
From Across the Oceans
Oil Palm is not native to Malaysia. In fact, it originated in Africa. Crossing the oceans to land on our shores over 100 years ago, it has since found an ideal new home on our soil. Today, it thrives as our most important national crop. The Tenera is the most common types of oil palm species grown in Malaysia. It is a cross between the Dura and Pisifera species.
The oil palm was introduced to Malaysia in 1870 as an ornamental plant. Its use as a crop was not developed until 1917, when it was grown commercially. The modem expansion of the industry can be traced back to the 1960s when the Malaysian Government embarked on a massive programme of agricultural diversification. Today oil palm is the leading agricultural crop in Malaysia, covering about two million hectares or a third of the total cultivated area.
Growing and Flourishing
It’s mind-boggling to think that we have over 500 million oil palm trees in Malaysia. It’s even more astonishing when you consider all the love and care that goes into caring for each one of them.
Everyday, research and experiments are being conducted to produce seeds that yield more and better quality oil. Only the finest seeds are germinated under controlled conditions. The germinated seeds are planted into polybags and kept in nurseries to grow for 12 to 15 months.
When they are ready, the young palm seedlings are transferred into a well-irrigated field. The seedlings are left to grow for about 32 months or nearly 3 years. Fertilisers are added from time to time to ensure that the growing trees have sufficient nutrients. Mature trees will sprout oil palm fruits which are called Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB). Each tree will continue to produce about 12 FFB each year for 20 to 30 years.
Oil palm fruits turn yellowish-red in colour when ripe. They must be harvested at just the right time when the amount and quality of oil is best. Considering how one FFB can weigh between 20 and 30kg, harvesting is not easy. Care must be taken to prevent the fruits from getting bruised or spoilt. Rough handling can reduce the quality of the oil obtained eventually. Harvested FFB are loaded onto a lorry or rail cage to be transported to the mills for processing as soon as possible. Most mills are usually located in or near the oil palm plantations.
The Processing Of Palm Oil
A unique feature of the oil palm is that it produces two types of oil – palm oil from the flesh of the fruit, and palm kernel oil from the seed or kernel. For every 10 tonnes of palm oil, about 1 tonne of palm kemel oil is also obtained. Several processing operations are used to produce the finished palm oil that meets the users’ requirements. The first step in processing is at the mill, where the crude palm oil is extracted from the fruit. The various steps in extraction are shown in the Flow Chart.
The crude palm oil may be further refined (second stage of processing) to get a wide range of palm products of specified quality. The partly and wholly processed grades require little further treatment before use, offering end-user a saving in processing costs.
Palm oil may also be fractionated, using simple crystallization and separation processes to obtain solid (stearin) and liquid (olein) fractions of various melting characteristics. The different properties of the fractions make them suitable for a variety of food and non-food products.
More information about Palm Oil
Palm oil is derived from the flesh of the fruit of the oil palm species E. Guineensis. In its virgin form, the oil is bright orange-red due to the high content of carotene. Palm oil is Nature’s Gift to Malaysia, and Malaysia’s to the World.
Palm oil is semi-solid at room temperature; a characteristic brought about by its approx. 50 percent saturation level. Palm oil (and its products) has good resistance to oxidation and heat at prolonged elevated temperatures; hence, making palm oil an ideal ingredient in frying oil blends. Manufacturers and end-users around the world incorporate high percentages of palm oil in their frying oil blends for both performance and economic reasons.
In fact, in many instances, palm oil has been used as 100 percent replacement for traditional hydrogenated seed oils such as soybean oil and canola. Products fried in palm oil include potato chips, french fries, doughnuts, ramen noodles and nuts. Click on ‘The Oil’ on the sidebar to learn more details about Palm Oil.
Benefits of Palm Oil
Palm oil is more than just your every day vegetable oil. It’s packed with nutrients that contribute to your daily energy needs. Palm oil provides a valuable source of beta carotene and vitamin E. Studies have found that tocopherols and tocotrienols, which are isomers of vitamin E found in palm oil, are antioxidants and may be associated with more favorable cholesterol profiles, and lower risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. Discover for yourself what sets palm oil apart from other vegetable oils.
Heart Disease is Malaysia’s No. 1 Killer!
More people get hospitalized or die an early death due to heart attacks than road accidents!
Heart disease happens when cholesterol (a white, fatty substance in the blood) seeps into the walls of the blood vessels. Over time, the blood vessels thicken and harden. Eventually, the inside surface may rupture or tear, causing blood clot that blocks blood flow to the heart.
Cholesterol starts seeping into the blood vessel walls as early as adolescence. It is a natural thing to happen in your body.
The rate of cholesterol entering your blood vessel walls depends on many factors. Among these are exercise, diet, weight and smoking. Numerous studies have shown that palm oil in the diet lowers total blood cholesterol and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and increases the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. It contains little to no trans-fats that raise LDL cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease.
Palm oil also does not promote the formation of plaques in the arteries and has an anti-blood clotting effect, both which helps prevent heart disease.
The Road to Healthier Hearts
Exercise regularly. Don’t just sit in front of the television or computer. Enjoy the great outdoors with your family and friends. Play football, tennis, ride your bike, jog or do anything as long as it’s active.
Eat a nutritious diet that includes palm oil. You won’t be able to stay active without sufficient energy and nutrients from your food.
Watch your weight! Young adults especially! You are at the stage where your height and weight will increase faster than ever before. With all that growing to do, you are probably eating more than your parents. That’s because your body needs the extra energy and nutrients. But be careful not to overeat. Stop eating just before you’re full.
Don’t Smoke! It is probably the worst thing you can do to your health. It not only poisons your heart, the smoke also harms the people around you. Most adults who have suffered a heart attack due to smoking wish they had never touched a cigarette in their life!
Skincare and Cosmetic Products – Hot weather and the sun’s ultra-violet rays can damage the skin. That’s why people use moisturizing creams and lotions for protection. For added beauty, they also use cosmetics.
Believe it or not, most cosmetic products are made of palm oil. As a versatile vegetable oil, palm oil is suitable for making cosmetic products like lipsticks for example. Palm-based cosmetic products have also been proven to be the best in quality in terms of moisturisation properties.
Anti-Ageing Palm Oil? – Palm oil is rich in Vitamin E (tocopherols & tocotrienols). In fact, no other vegetable oil has as much Vitamin E compared to Palm Oil. Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant, capable of reducing the harmful types of oxygen molecules (free radicals) in the body. This means they may help to protect you from certain chronic diseases, while delaying the body’s ageing process. Latest research shows that the tocotrienol form of Vitamin E reacts more effectively than tocopherols.
Diets & Eating
The RIGHT kind of Diet – Consign the misconception of dieting to the past with all the information you need to know! Learn about the right diet, and the right way to apply it, with palm oil of course! And try out the special calorie counter to calculate your daily calorie intake.
Basic Diet Requirements
Know about the basic ingredients in a well-balanced diet that will keep you healthy while providing your body all the energy it requires to perform daily chores. There are also Weekly Tips and lots of facts & figures about food that everybody MUST know.
Do you know that Palm Oil contains chemical compounds that are scientifically beneficial towards preventing cancer?
Palm oil and fats made from palm oil serve as good food material that are both safe and free from trans fatty acids found in hydrogenated fats . Recent research has shown that trans fatty acids are very harmful to health. They have been linked to various diseases such as cancer (breasts cancer and colonic cancer) and heart disease.
One of the easiest ways to prevent cancer is to avoid consuming hydrogenated fats by selecting food products that use palm oil or fats made from palm oil. Palm oil-based products are free from trans fatty acids because they are produced without having to undergo the hydrogenation process. For more info on Hydrogenated Fats and Trans Fatty Acids click here.
All living organisms need energy to stay alive and to function. Believe it or not, you even need energy just to sleep! Just like a car that can’t run if the fuel tank is empty, you need to eat food to get energy. Make palm oil a part of a balanced diet because it is a great source of energy.
Energy is measured in terms of calories. It can be confusing because this can be stated in many ways. For example, 1,000 calories = 1 kilocalorie = 1 Kcal = 1 Cal (with a capital ‘C’, of course!)