What are the differences between palm oil and palm kernel oil?

Palmoil is derived from the mesocarp of the palm fruit, while palm kernel oil isderived from the kernel of the fruit. The chemical characteristics of the twooils differ in terms of the fatty acid composition. Differences in chemicalcomposition reflect themselves in differences in physical properties as well.The main differences in the chemical composition of the two oils are asfollows:

Palm oil and palm kernel oil

Palm Oil

Palm Kernel Oil

Consists mainly  of palmitic acid C16:0 43.7%, stearic acid C18:0 4.4%, oleic acid C18:1  39.9%, and linoleic acid 10.3%

Consists mainly  of lauric acid C12:0 48%, and myristic acid C14:0 16%


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