New in the Market: Carotino Red Palm & Canola Oil

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on August 3, 2011 · 28 comments

We love to try new foods. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

Carotino oil is a blend of canola oil and red palm fruit oil. The first thing that will strike you is the beautiful orange-red color of the oil. This color creates buttery-looking batters and biscuits and provides a wonderful glow to sautéed foods. We pan-grilled plain fish on a nonstick pan with a small amount of Carotino and the fish sparkled with color. Most of you know that canola is a multipurpose, mild tasting cooking oil, high in polyunsaturated fats, but where does red palm oil come from?

Palm oil can be derived from two sources: it can be extracted from the palm fruit, much like squeezing olives for oil; or it can be extracted from the kernel or seed of the palm fruit. The second method results in palm kernel oil. which is similar to coconut oil and higher in saturated fats and low in polyunsaturated fats. Palm fruit oil, which is used in Carotino, has equal amounts of saturated and polyunsaturated fats. When mixed with canola oil, Carotino’s fat composition becomes even healthier.

One tablespoon of Carotino oil has 120 calories, typical of most vegetables oil, 14 grams of total fat (2 grams of saturated fat, 3 grams of polyunsaturated fat and 8 grams of monounsaturated fat). Because it is a plant-based oil it is cholesterol free. By mixing red palm oil with canola oil the fat makeup of Carotino is similar to olive oil. In addition, one tablespoon provides 40% (2000 IUs) of your daily need for vitamin A and 15% (5 IUs) of vitamin E.

Carotino can be used in place of any vegetable oil and is heat stable making it a good choice for stir-frying. The oil is halal and kosher certified (OK). This product will become a staple in our kitchens. We just wish it had wider availability.

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Lucy December 14, 2011 at 3:08 am

I have a question. My mom she recently bought Carontino Red Palm Oil as her friends recommended her as a healthy product. But I read several research articles about Red Palm Oil, yeah it’s rich to Vitamin A and healthy BUT from another side it is promoting Heart desease! So, how it can be useful then and why we need to buy it? Why they are not ban it if it’s harmful for health?! I didn’t understand this!

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Jo-Ann Heslin, RD December 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Happy to answer your question. You are confusing palm kernel oil with red palm oil. Red palm oil is more like olive oil and healthy. Palm kernel oil has more saturated fat and is not the best choice. Carotino can be purchased as either red palm oil or red palm oil mixed with canola oil (another heathly choice).

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Sandy April 29, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Hi, I bought half a dozen of this bottle of oil and ended up was told by family members that palm oil is very high in cholesterol and was the worst oil among all. Can you clarify this with me? thanks!

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Jo-Ann Heslin, RD April 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Happy to answer your question. You are confusing palm kernel oil with red palm oil. Red palm oil is more like olive oil and healthy. Palm kernel oil has more saturated fat and is not the best choice. Carotino can be purchased as either red palm oil or red palm oil mixed with canola oil (another healthy choice).

No vegetable oil has cholesterol because cholesterol is only found in foods from an animal source. If you are ever in doubt about whether a food has cholesterol ask this question, “Does the food have a face?” It sounds silly but it works every time. Corn oil — from corn — no face. Olive oil — from olives — no face. Lard — from animal fat — a face. Egg — from a chicken — a face.

Hope all this helps. Enjoy using the oil. It is great and a healthy choice.

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cheryl June 16, 2012 at 8:54 am

From what i experiance, seem to be very good, cos today after fasting for 12 days and started eating light 3 days ago, today i eat normal food and was feeling very sick, (breakfast and dinner) due to not going slow into ordinary eating, but for dinner i open my new bottle (1st time using) and fry rice, and to my surprise after eating i feel real good, never feel this good for a long long time.

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linda December 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

where can i buy caratino palm fruit oil?

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Jo-Ann Heslin, RD December 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

http://www.carotinousa.com/where-to-buy/

This link will provide you with a list of stores + a store locator for a retail location in your area. Happy to help.

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Jo Ann Heslin, RD January 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

We had a recent reader inquiry on whether Carotino oil was cold pressed. Below is the company response. We hope this is helpful.

Unlike Olive oil which is cold pressed, palm flesh (mesocarp) need to be separated from the nut, washed to get rid of soil particles, pressed, refined to get rid of gum, impurities, odor, etc. The process is therefore different between the two oils.

Conventional refining method uses high heat treatment and therefore the natural carotenes (pro vitamin A) content gets destroyed resulting in the original red palm oil becoming yellow palm oil.

Carotino with its patented refining process uses low heat treatment to retain the beneficial natural carotenes in the palm fruit, which is why Carotino is red due to the presence of the carotenes. Carotino red palm oil contains 500ppm of natural carotenes and 800ppm of vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols).

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Alex January 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Hello,

I am a raw-food diet follower, and I would need to know whether the processing temperature of Carotino oil exceeds 42°C during the process.

Thank you*

alex

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gianpaolo March 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

hi, I woldlike to know if I can buy organic carotino. Thanks paul

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Jo Ann Heslin, RD March 14, 2013 at 11:48 pm

We asked the company to reply to your inquiry about organic Carotino Red Palm Oil. This is what they said:

Carotino red palm oil is not organic as the scale of the plantation on which the palm oil trees are grown is too huge. It might be possible if the trees were grown on a smaller scale. There are no organic sources for red palm oil in Malaysia or Indonesia where Carotino is sourced. The limited supply of organic red palm available through African sources is very expensive.

Carotino is a certified member of Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and as such we are allowed to use restricted amounts and types of fertilizers that are approved. If you visit http://www.carotino.com you will find out more about the sustainable agriculture practices employed by Carotino Malaysia.

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Mary Ann April 25, 2013 at 4:48 am

What exactly heppens in the refining process? Is the oil deodorised to remove the odour?
Does the label clearly state if Canola oil is added? Or if the oil is just pure palm fruit oil?
I know most commercially produced oils are bleached and deodorised to prevent spoiling, has this Canola oil had the same treatment? And that is also my concern about the processing of the Palm Oil. Thank you.

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Jo Ann Heslin, RD April 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

As in the past the Carotino brand is always willing to answer questions about their product. Here is there response to the latest inquiry above.

Carotino undergoes refining through a process called molecular distillation. In this process, the oil undergoes deacidification and deodorization. This is a milder process compared to steam deodorization which utilizes very high temperatures. Carotino is able to retain 80% of carotenes and tocotrienols naturally found in virgin palm oil.

High quality canola oil is blended to Carotino to improve the cold stability so that no crystallization occurs at the supermarket. The visuals of crystal sediments in the bottles put off customers even though they have no impact on the quality of the oil. Canola oil is of coursed bleached and deodorized to remove impurities from the crude canola oil that is pressed from the canola seeds.

And, the label does clearly state the Carotino is a blend of canola oil and red palm fruit oil.

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olivier June 5, 2013 at 12:46 am

Hi all,
Sorry to put an ecological spin to this nutrition based series of comments, but palm plantations around the world, especially in malaysia and indonesia are erradicating numerous species of wildlife, both flora and fauna. If you like the orange things other than carotino, spare a thought for the Orangutans that are being pushed from their native forests, and who now, on the brink of extinction are being adopted by sancturaries. Unfortunately the end result is that such sanctuaries, such as the ones in Sarawak, Borneo no longer have suitable forests to go back to. What we eat DOES affect our world, so please choose wisely to ensure we are a part of positive future change.

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Jacqueline June 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

As recommended by friends, I’ve recently purchased 3 bottles of Carotino Premium and using it as cooking oil. Gave a bottle too to my son who refused to accept as it contains canola oil which he said is hazardous to our health. Googling led me to many articles confirming that fact. A couple of such articles are at http://www.foodrenegade.com/why-canola-oil-not-health-food/ and http://www.drgangemi.com/2011/07/canola-oil/ . Hence, can I have your honest thoughts on this issue please and is the amount of canola oil included in Carotino harmful for our consumption. Thank you.

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Jo-Ann Heslin June 9, 2013 at 11:25 am

If you will scroll up to the comments posted on April 26, 2013 you will find out more about the canola oil used in Carotino. Most food and nutrition experts will tell you that canola oil is a safe oil to use. Some feel differently, which is their right, but the research does not support avoiding canola oil.

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Anneke van Wyk June 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Hi Jo-Ann,

I have been using Carotino oil for years , but stopped using it when I finally read the label properly and saw that canola oil was in there as well. I have been telling all my friends how healthy Carotino oil was, but know I know that there is canola oil in it, I stopt telling my friends to use it.. Started using Orcanic Coconut oil and stopped that as well as my GP send me this in his news letter.
I now don’t know what to use anymore :-(

UQ cardiologist confirms coconut oil is not the good oil for heart health
Research from The University of Queensland has reconfirmed oily fish or fish supplements are vital for heart health and debunked popular myths about coconut oil.

Associate Professor David Colquhoun, a cardiologist from UQ School of Medicine and Wesley and Greenslopes Private Hospitals, said the value of fish oil and its health benefits have been questioned.

“My research review confirms oily fish or fish supplements are important for heart health and should be a regular part of our weekly diet,” Associate Professor Colquhoun said.

According to the Heart Foundation, healthy adults should consume about 500 milligrams of omega-3 oil from marine sources per day to lower their risk of coronary heart disease.

This can be achieved by eating two to three serves of oily fish a week or by taking fish oil supplements.

Associate Professor Colquhoun also debunked popular myths about krill oil and coconut oil.

“Krill oil is a good source of omega-3s however it is no better for you than fish oil and is usually more expensive,” he said.

“Don’t take too much notice of krill oil labeled ‘organic’, ‘sustainable’ or ‘eco-friendly’ – the current harvesting of krill is less than 1 per cent of what is in the ocean, so it is all wild and sustainable.

“There have also been bizarre claims that coconut oil lowers cholesterol, cures Alzheimer’s disease and even prevents heart disease, however the research does not support this.

“In fact, coconut oil is full of unhealthy saturated fat which raises bad cholesterol levels, clogs the arteries and increases the risk of heart disease.

“With over 90 per cent saturated fat I would definitely be keeping coconut oil off the menu.”

Associate Professor Colquhoun presented his findings at the Heart Foundation Conference (16-18 May) in Adelaide.

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Averil Lewin August 28, 2013 at 4:16 am

My husband takes Warfarin, and I have recently read that some cooking oils contain higher quantities of Vitamin K, which can affect the readings.
I have tried to check on the oils I normally use, such as rice bran and olive oil. Can you tell me if Carotino is high or low in Vit K? Maybe the amounts used are too small for this to matter.
( I have asked this via their website, too)

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Aileen Cairns September 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Hi I have a bottle of red palm & canola oil in my cupbard it is dated exp date Oct 2009. The bottle is unopened! Will it be safe to use. Please advise

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Jo Ann Heslin, RD September 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm

The company provided this answer to your question:

“The bottle has expired and it is not advisable to use it for food application anymore.”

Sorry about that, it is a very good product.

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Laura December 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm

HI There,

I just wanted to check.
Does the Canola red palm oil have Genetically modified Organisms (GMO’s) in the canola part? I love this oil!
Thanks

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Enid January 27, 2014 at 10:40 am

Hi
Just finished a bottle of Carotino Healthier Oil for Cooking and wanted to know
where to buy the next, as Morrisons in Blackburn do not have it at the moment.
Went to the Company Website to read about it and was amazed to notice that
they do not mention the 75% Rapeseed oil the product contains. Why is this?

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Sajid Ismail February 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Big Tesco stock it.

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Sajid Ismail February 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Big Tesco in blackburn stock it.

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kazeem February 20, 2014 at 6:07 am

What is the ratio or proportion of red palm fruit oil and canola seed oil in carotino oil?
Is there any difference in the ratio of the aforementioned component oils in various brands (premium and classic) of carotino oil?

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connie yang February 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm

we need red palm olein.
if you could supply us ,please send your best price to us ,tks.

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