March 25, 2019

Let Palm oil remain palm oil – Emeka Nwolisa

Let Palm oil remain palm oil – Emeka Nwolisa


In the current European Champion’s league season, CR7 is the GOAT.

Before Messi’s fans descend on me, I plead no contest. I no get team for Champion’s league or even in the CAF’s equivalent.  My team Heartland is still struggling in the local league but leff am for me.

Monkey no fine but the mama like am so.

In football, CR7 is the GOAT just as Palm oil is the GOAT in the business of cooking soup.


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Abeg no bi oyibo soup.

I mean the main Nigerian soup with all manners of orishirishi and obstacles struggling for space inside.

Palm oil in Nigeria is derived mainly from African oil palm (Elaeis guineensis), popularly referred to as Palm Tree.

It naturally has a reddish-orange colour because it has very high beta-carotene content.

Palm oil is used and accepted by nearly all tribes in Nigeria and as such is a major component of most meals. It provides so many health and nutritional benefits.

While measles is the commonest cause of blindness among Nigerian children, their counterpart in Southern Nigeria where Palm oil is a universal component of nearly every soup are somewhat protected. This is partly because it contains a precursor of Vitamin A. It is also said to help prevent macular degeneration and enhance continued good vision.

Additionally, its beta-carotene content also boosts hormonal balance in the body.

But Gbagam, when you go to buy palm oil, what do you really look out for?

What influences your choice of the one to buy?

Different reasons for different people but for most, colour is the dominant reason.

The one with the alluring full red colour is the koko and the ebeano.

This is generally known knowledge and it translates to wahala because those who adulterate their products, do so based on the perception of most buyers. Sadly, as you go to the market with the intention of buying palm oil to cook that delicacy you just might be killing yourself slowly.

By your own self.

This is not the typical Nigerian I cannot come and kill my self expression, because here you are truly killing yourself.

To create that alluring and captivating colour, these unscrupulous dealers at different levels of the Palm oil supply chain add agents called colourant.

The most commonly used one is the Azo dye. 

Azo dyes are used in dyeing textile fibres, particularly cotton but also silk, wool and synthetic fibres. They are considered easy to use, relatively cheap and provide clear, strong colours.

Unfortunately, these dyes have allergenic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic effects on humans.

Additionally, Solvent red 24, which is used in colouring plastics, has also been known to be added to palm oil to improve its redness.

As in all adulterated foods, impacts on health could range from mild discomfort to serious long term effects. There have been reports of gastrointestinal issues in people who consumed foods prepared with adulterated palm oil.


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You see the wahala?


Meanwhile either on Fridays or Sundays, the people involved in the proliferation of the fake stuff would flock to religious houses to pray to God and be forming holy-holy.


Abeg let our palm oil remain pure palm oil.


Nothing more and nothing less.

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