palm oil

noun

Definition of palm oil 

: an edible fat obtained from the flesh of the fruit of several palms and used especially in soap and lubricating greases

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While generally regarded as preferable to partially hydrogenated oils, some of the alternate oils that food makers use carry their own potential drawbacks, including health concerns and, in the case of palm oil, deforestation. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Food Makers Vow to Cut Trans Fats Globally," 14 May 2018 China and India are among the world’s biggest importers of soy, pulp and paper, and palm oil. National Geographic, "Tropical Forest Loss Slowed in 2017—To the Second Worst Total Ever," 27 June 2018 Nigeria’s central bank in 2015 stopped importers of 41 items, including palm oil, from getting foreign exchange from official channels. Bloomberg.com, "Okomu Nigeria Sees Subdued 2018 for Palm Oil on Market Woes," 14 Feb. 2018 The government first mandated that the cap on trans fats in corn oil, palm oil, frying oil and mixed liquid oils be cut in half, from 20% to 10%. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Health officials launch ambitious plan to rid the world of trans fats," 15 May 2018 Some environmental groups have raised concerns that food companies are reaching for palm oil, which contributes to deforestation. Author: Caitlin Dewey, Anchorage Daily News, "Artificial trans fats, widely linked to heart disease, are officially banned," 19 June 2018 The fund is looking at other crops too, from cocoa to coconut, rice, palm oil and shea butter. Aryn Baker/sahabevava, Time, "Vanilla Is Nearly as Expensive as Silver. That Spells Trouble for Madagascar," 13 June 2018 The separatists have chased many government workers and forced the closure of man schools, timber and palm oil processing factories. Fox News, "Cameroon holiday hit by violence in English-speaking areas," 20 May 2018 Hopefully, the connection is made that kids can do their part to save wild orangs by coming to understand that purchasing products made with sustainable palm oil will help save these habitats. Jennifer Diliberti-shea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Go behind the scenes at the Milwaukee County Zoo to be educated and entertained," 5 Mar. 2018

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1625, in the meaning defined above

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palm oil

noun

English Language Learners Definition of palm oil

: oil that is obtained from the fruit of some palm trees and used in cooking and in making soap and other products

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