Red palm oil is taken from the fruit of the oil palm tree. It comes from the same part of the palm tree as regular palm oil, but it is less processed and retains the red color from its high concentration of carotenes. It’s rich in Vitamins A and E. Apparently, when processed, creating regular palm oil, the carotenes along with other nutrients are stripped.
Red palm oil retains more nutritional value than regular palm oil, but there’s something else to consider. The conventional creation of palm oil is bad for the planet. In Indonesia, the growing demand for palm oil is driving tropical forest destruction. In Malaysia, peatswamp forests are being obliterated, and the disappearing forests endangering the habitat of the “pygmy elephant — the smallest elephant on earth — the clouded leopard, the long-nosed tapir and many rare birds.”