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|WikiProject Morocco||(Rated C-class, High-importance)|
How could a fatty acid with so much Omega 6 be more resistant to oxidation than olive oil? This oil repllaces much monounsaturated fat with polyunsaturated fat compared to olive oil, and the saturated fat amunts are close. The only possibility for that to be true is for it to be flooded with antioxidants (olive oil itself has a lot) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Press olive, win oil (talk • contribs) 13:29, 19 January 2008 (UTC)
- Right! Argan oil is exceptionally rich in natural alpha tocopherols (vitamin E). 18.104.22.168 (talk) 04:19, 19 April 2008 (UTC)
Why is there no mention of the traditional method of preparation?
While the following links may not be canonical, it seems pretty clear that the traditional method of processing the nuts includes having them pass through the digestive tract of the goats that climb in the trees. The last one puts a little spin on it: "...men are busy gathering the pit that the goats spit out".
While official Moroccan sites insist that nowadays the production is strictly according to modern methods and don't use the goat, some local gourmet stores I've contacted say they can still get the goat-processed type and that there is a very noticeable difference between the two. Perhaps the goat method is not used today, and the 'crossover' to the goatless method occurred recently enough that there are still stores of the old style.
In any case, I feel some mention should be made in the main article.
I'm using hash signs instead of dots to avoid annoying who might be annoyed by the inclusion of hot links.
- "Argan Oil", CottageSmallHolder.com.
- "Argan Oil", Alibaba.com.
- "Argan Oil: Unusual and Sometimes Disgusting Food Can Be Great Medicine", OfficialHealthTips.com.
- "Hungry Goats Atop a Tree, Doing Their Bit for Epicures", NYTimes.com.
- "Tafraout: Argan Trees and other Vegetation", LeoAfricanus.com.
- Thank you for the article, but not all the argan oil is produced by women's cooperatives. I have no documentation about it, but I go to the region very often and people doesn't say that. I think that it should be changed by "Many women's cooperatives sell argan oil...." Not "All argan sold today..." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 05:11, 9 November 2010
- The entire body of the article remains almost completely unsourced, and the latter half of the introduction also lacks citations. I'm not sure if some of the external links were used as references -- if so, footnotes should be added to indicate what information came from which source. Otherwise, sources should be found and then footnotes added. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 17:44, 25 February 2012 (UTC)
There is more information about the argan tree in this article than there is in the Argan article. I think we should merge this article into the Argan article with this article becoming a redirect. As I understand it, it's the tree that's so critical to the ecology and environment of Africa. The oil is primarily a way to make it economical to conserve of the tree. Therefore, the tree article should be the main focus here and the oil should be a major section in that article. Jojalozzo 13:40, 23 July 2012 (UTC)
Fatty acid composition needs sources
List here conflicts with that in argan so we need sources. One is  says "The major fatty acids in argan oil are oleic, linoleic, stearic, and palmitic acids (Charrouf et al., 1999; Khallouki, 2003; Khallouki et al., 2003). The oil has a high content (45%) of oleic acid (C-18:1) with respect to other seed oils, and it is also rich (35%) in polyunsaturated linoleic acid (C-18:2) (Charrouf et al., 1999; Khallouki, 2003; Khallouki et al., 2003). Argan oil has a fatty acid composition similar to that of sesame and peanut oil, marketed in Western Europe."
 (no date or refs) says "Palmitic acid 14, Stearic acid 5, Linoleic acid 37, ... Oleic acid 43.5"
Journal article says "oleic acid (43%) and linoleic acid (36%) "