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Is shea oil an edible product?

Asked by syz (35637points) June 20th, 2010

I like using shea butter as a moisturizer, and it seems to be quite the fad – the stuff is everywhere! It occurred to me to wonder if all of these skin products are competing with a potential source of cooking oil or food. Is the shea nut edible?

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shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

It is. Good question.

syz's avatar

So, I have to wonder, has the Western fad of shea butter taken away a valuable food resource, or is the financial trade off more advantageous?

jazmina88's avatar

Isn’t shea butter harvested in Africa for pennies or rice by tribeswomen?

They found a cash crop with high demand. I’m sure there is still plenty for the local economy.

downtide's avatar

I didn’t know until I went looking but it is, and is sometimes used as a substitute for cocoa butter. Apparently in Africa it’s traditionally used for cooking oil, among other things.

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