Liberian Cuisine 'Palm Butter Soup'

How did the name Palm Butter come about?

In Liberia, palm butter is a favorite dish of many locals, especially people from the Kru and Grebo tribes. The name palm butter comes from the buttery texture of the soup once it is prepared. Palm butter soup is made from the flesh of the palm nut. After the nuts are cooked and softened, it is ground with a mortal and pestle without cracking open the nut. A big mushy mess is formed when finished and water is added to filter out the thick juice; the end process is called the palm butter. This palm butter has a much looser, buttery texture.

 Liberian Palm Butter Soup

Liberian palm butter soup, like many other West African dishes, is made with palm nut. The soup is prepared with seafood, chicken, beef, shrimp, and other proteins. The soup is also prepared with hot peppers and seasoning; the palm butter leaf; bitter balls; and kitteley. Adding vegetables to the soup is optional. The palm butter soup can be eaten with both rice and fufu.

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Benefits of Palm Oil

Palm oil is extracted from the palm nut fruits. This oil is very nutritious and has many health benefits. Adding palm oil to your diet will ensure a much healthier lifestyle. Listed below are many benefits of the palm oil.

1.  Improves Energy Levels

Beta-carotene is one of the prime components of palm oil, which is very good for improving energy levels and boosting hormonal balance in the body. Beta-carotene also improves vision.

2.  Prevents Cardiovascular Issues

High levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol are found in palm oil. Although one is good (HDL) and the other is bad (LDL), both together can create a healthier balance in your body. High levels of LDL cholesterol can increase your chances of atherosclerosis, which can cause strokes and heart attacks. By maintaining a healthy balance of cholesterol (both of which you need in your body), you can ensure a healthier cardiovascular system.

3.  Reduces Risk of Cancer

Palm oil has high levels of tocopherols, a form of vitamin E, which are natural antioxidants that can help prevent cancer by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous cells. Vitamin E is also good for the skin.

4.  Supports Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnant women and their unborn babies need vitamins. Vitamin deficiency is one the most dangerous conditions a pregnant woman can have. Vitamins A, D, and E are found in considerable quantities in palm oil. The body cannot naturally retain these vitamins, which means it is necessary to consume them in diets.