Many restaurants use palm oil to prepare their dishes for one important reason: it’s relatively cheap. In a business where profit margins can be razor thin, that’s hugely important. It also helps that palm oil has a fairly neutral taste, meaning it won’t impact the flavors a chef is searching to create.
Unfortunately, there’s a good reason for palm oil being so cheap: it’s very high in saturated fat, and not the so-called medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to avoid buying palm oil for home use. Instead, give olive oil and canola oil a try — they contain ample amounts of the much healthier monounsaturated fats.