Palm Kernel Oil
Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
What is it?
Palm kernel oil is a highly saturated fat plant oil derived from the kernel of the oil palm Elaeis guineensis. Palm kernel oil remains a semi-solid at room temperature. It is often used in the food industry, but may be less used in the future due to regulation on trans-fat content of food. Palm kernel oil is primarily composed of lauric fatty acid (48%) and myristic fatty acid (16%) and for the production of soaps, washing powders and personal care products in industry. Found in about 50% of packaged food items goods in the U.S., palm oil goes by many names, including Palm Kernel Oil, Palmitate, and Glyceryl Stearate.