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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

1) Is fat bad for you?
2) What is the difference between good fat and bad fat?
3) How do I use Coconut and Red Palm Oil in my diet?
4) Do saturated fats cause heart disease?
5) How does Jungle Products ensure safe, sanitary production facilities?
6) Is the fat-free diet good for me?
7) If I eat tropical oils, won't I gain weight?
8) What are tocotrienols?


1) Is fat bad for you?

No, actually a diet that contains fats from animal and vegetable sources provides you with a concentrated source of energy. Fat also provides building blocks for cell membranes as well as hormones and hormone like substances. When we make fats a part of our meals it slows down absorption so that we can wait longer before our next meal without a feeling of hunger or cravings. Fats also act as a catalyst for the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Fats are also necessary for mineral absorption and for a host of other processes. Not to mention they taste great!

2) What is the difference between good fat and bad fat?

Unfortunately Americans have been misinformed about the importance of fat in their diet. Fats, especially saturated, have been unfairly blamed for a milieu of diseases and health problems in our country. The truth of the matter is fat is a necessary component of a nutritious and satisfying diet, guaranteed to provide us with the vitality and longevity we need to live in today’s world and fight off the threats of harmful disease.

“Bad” fats such as trans fat are slowly being recognized as the cause of the unhealthy condition of America today. Trans fatty acids are liquid oils made into shortening or margarine through hydrogenation. Studies have recently revealed that serious health problems can be a result of consuming hydrogenated products containing trans fatty acids. The FDA claims that no amount of trans fat is safe for consumption and food products are being forced to label the exact amount of hydrogenated fat per product.

3) How do I use Coconut and Red Palm Oil in my diet?

These two fats have been used for centuries by indigenous cultures for culinary, cosmetic, and medicinal uses. The unique health benefits of both Coconut and Red Palm Oils retain their potency whether used as a cooking oil, or applied topically, or even as a healing salve. We have learned to enjoy these oils in traditional recipes gathered from all over the world. They can be used in the place of any other oil you may currently use for you daily cooking needs such as frying, sautéing, baking, or as a spread or dressing. One of the exciting attributes of these healthy oils is that the potent phytonutrients they contain remain intact even when heated to extremely high temperatures.

We encourage you to experiment with Red Palm and Coconut oils in your kitchen and discover their wonderful flavor and versatility. Also, please see our recipes board to find yummy recipes and ideas!

4) Do saturated fats cause heart disease?

Heart disease and other degenerative illnesses are caused by a series of other harmful factors. Please consider the following concise explanation by Mary Enig, PhD a highly acclaimed nutritionist and expert in her field:

“The cause of heart disease is not animal fats and cholesterol but rather a number of factors inherent in modern diets, including the excess consumption of vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats, excess consumption of refined carbohydrates in the form of sugar and white flour; mineral deficiencies, particularly low levels of protective magnesium and iodine; deficiencies of vitamins, particularly of vitamin C, needed for the integrity of blood vessel walls, and of antioxidants like selenium and vitamin E, which protect us from free radicals; and finally, the disappearance of antimicrobial fats from the food supple, namely animal fats and tropical oils.”

For further information concerning the cause of heart disease and role of saturated fat visit our research page for the rest of Mary Enig’s article, The Truth about Saturated Fat.

5) How does Jungle Products ensure safe, sanitary production facilities?

We have strict quality control standards to ensure not only the purest oil used in our products, but we also use the least amount of processing to extract the oil in order to maintain the integrity of the raw material.

The palm fruit is carefully inspected by hand and is picked by hand for only the best quality. Once picked, the palm fruit is left for 36 to soften. Then the fruits are plucked, washed, and steamed for only a few minutes to soften the pulp. It is then poured into a large mortar or frapper and pounded until the flesh separates from the nut. The nut is then set aside to dry. At this time, the oil of the palm fruit begins to appear. To remove any excess water, the red oil is heated slightly and then sits for 24 hours to allow for all impurities to be removed and sink to the bottom of the tank. To ensure that no additional impurities are intact, the red oil is filtered through the traditional gravity system.

The coconuts are grown naturally in their wild state and have never been touched by chemicals or fertilizers. The oil from the coconut is processed in the “old” way by hand. This gentle process retains the natural preservatives of the organic coconut so that it can have a much longer shelf life than a refined coconut oil and in addition, will be able to withstand higher temperatures during cooking. The actual pressing process comes when the organic coconuts are harvested and immediately after the white meat of the coconuts are separated from the nut, shredded, dried and then pressed.

6) Is the fat-free diet good for me?

Absolutely not!! For thousands of years fat has been an important part of healthy populations. Unfortunately misinformation concerning the health benefits of fats has led to decline in their consumption as well as an adverse effect on the health of our country.

It is our opinion that the health benefits contained in these two fats - very high levels of antioxidants, in the form of full spectrum tocotrienols, tocopherols, and carotenes, the effective antiviral agents of lauric acid and caprilyic acid, and the anti-rancidity, non trans fatty properties of the fully saturated molecules-are all features that will benefit everyone.

7) If I eat tropical oils, won't I gain weight?

No!! Fat is an essential part of balanced nutrition and general well being. With news and research breaking daily on the health benefits of tropical oils as well as the dangers of Trans Fats, Jungle Products is excited to share the life changing properties of Red Palm and Coconut oils.

Indigenous populations have understood for centuries that tropical oils are essential to the maintenance of healthy weight. It is only recently that studies and medical research began to reveal the slimming properties of Red Palm and Coconut oils.

8) What are tocotrienols?

Tocotrienols are part of the Vitamin E family. Tocotrienols have similar structure to tocopherols (Alpha-Tocopherol as the most common Vitamin E in the market), but contain three double bonds in the carbon side chain of the molecule. The Vitamin E family is comprised of eight different compounds: alpha, beta, gamma and delta- tocotrienols and tocopherols.

For more information and an in-depth discovery, please visit tocotrienol.org