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red palm oil, and palm oil, are drastically different creatures.
Red palm oil is fairly-quite healthy, and sustainable, though it has a taste that doesn't go well with all dishes, only some.
palm oil, or palm kernal oil (the white palm oil) can't be gotten through pressing, or other traditional extraction methods, requiring chemical (or maybe other weird technology, I know chemical extraction is common). Red palm oil is from the fruit of the palm instead of the kernal and can be traditionally processed (pressed) from the fruit.
Also, because palm kernal oil is cheap, and about the same consistancy of hydrogenated vegatable oils, which are suddenly getting a bad rap, so people are more and more using palm oil, there has been widespread deforestation to grow it, and so it isn't sustainable either.
(Because red palm oil isn't much used here, I don't THINK it is as unsustainable, however its still good to check your sources.)
I think instead, I would get non-organic butter, lard, and tallow.
Caroline, partner to J, post partum doula, kitchen manager, aspiring midwife, soon to be nursing student, mama to my furbaby, someday a mama to not so furry munchkins, G-d willing