Palm Oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world. The oil is extracted from the pulp of the palm fruit, which is a reddish colour. The palm fruit has a single seed (kernel), from which palm kernel oil is extracted.
More than half the products on sale in the supermarket are made with palm oil. These products include food products such as margarine, confectionery, chocolate, ice cream and bakery products, as well as non-food products such as soap, candles, and cosmetics.
In 2015, global consumption was 61.1 million tonnes making palm oil the most consumed oil in the world. China, India, Indonesia and the European Union are the main consumers of palm oil.