Palm Fruit Oil - Friend or Foe?
If you're anything like us you want the absolute best for your furry friend. We live and breathe our values; one of the most important is LOVE - Everything we do is done with love and care, from our hearts to yours. We put pets before profits, and always will.
Health-conscious pet parents are our favourite (because we are too!), nothing is more important than making sure our doggos are getting the best food, treats and supplements possible.
We encourage all our customers to flip the tub and check the label on all our products to see how they are made - it's important only the healthiest ingredients go in all our products, that's why they are all 100% Natural.
So if you are like us, and have flipped the tub one ingredient may have caught your eye due to its media and internet attention recently - Palm Fruit Oil.
We want to shed some light on this ingredient and debunk some myths/ misconceptions flying around the internet.
If you have skimmed the top results on google you may have come across some articles highlighting Palm Fruit Oil as toxic and dangerous for pets - and we understand the potential concern, these claims without context can be worrying!
Here we are going to critically examine the claims made about Palm Fruit Oil, and go behind the scary headline to put your mind at rest and assure you about this ingredient. So, let’s revisit how these concerns came about, and what it truly means for your favourite furball.
What is Palm Oil?
Palm oil is an edible, odourless vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees.
The palm oil that pet owners are being warned against is the contaminated palm oil discarded by ships when at sea. It ends up on the beach in a semi-solid, form which our curious doggos then sniff and consume. These solid lumps of white oil, contaminated by bacteria and waste (fuel), are extremely toxic to dogs and should absolutely be avoided at all costs.
As word spreads on the internet about the dangers of palm oil found on the beach, many have concluded that palm oil itself is a dangerous factor.
However, this is not the case. It’s not the palm oil causing the toxicity, but it's the associated diesel fuel and other contaminants that cause harm to pets.
Is Palm Fruit Oil Safe To Consume?
In its pure, not-contaminated form palm fruit oil is not only non-toxic, but it's also one of the healthiest oils around, it's a great source of omega oils with ZERO trans fats. In fact, Harvard Health describes palm fruit oil as having a better fatty acid composition than coconut oil. It is this pure Palm Fruit Oil that NutriPaw use in very small amounts in our treats, to bind together our 100% Natural Ingredients
Will Palm Oil Upset My Dogs Stomach?
Common sense should be exercised here, too much of anything can be harmful. Water, the life-giving molecule can be deadly if we drink too much. And any oil if consumed in excess will give humans, or animals an upset stomach and result in laxative effects. Palm Fruit Oil is more digestible than corn oil, sunflower oil and sesame oil.
The good news is our Palm Fruit Oil is used in very small amounts, only to bind our 100% Natual Ingredients together.
Is Palm Fruit Oil Harmful To Ecosystems?
The palm oil used in these products is sustainably sourced
To conclude, pure palm fruit oil used in moderation is completely safe (and maybe more healthy than other oils) for your furry friend.