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Palm oil is solid at room temperature, has a neutral taste, and can be extracted without the use of solvents has made organic palm oil a very useful ingredient in organic food processing. Similar organic fats which are solid at room temperature are butter and coconut oil, unlike palm oil , both of which are highly saturated fats. Palm oil contains a balance of polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and saturated fatty acids. In addition, palm oil contains essential substances such as linoleic acid and tocopherols and tocotrienols, which act as natural anti-oxidants .
Palm oil used domestically, in restaurants, fast food outlets and in large-scale preparation of fried potato products and other snack foods in large-scale food manufacture. For the large scale frying of potato chips, palm olein or a blend of palm olein with soya or rapeseed oil is preferred. This is because the surface appearance of the finished product is improved.