When nutrition expert and author Jonny Bowden, Ph.D, CNS appeared on SiriusXM’s Just Jenny show, he explained that very few people truly understand how to eat healthy. As an example, he talked about fats. Many people use an inflammatory vegetable oil, such as soy or canola oil, instead of a healthier and more natural cooking oil, such as Malaysian sustainable palm oil.
Bowden has authored 14 books on health, food and longevity. “I have been working in this field for 23 years,” he said. “I would guess that less than two percent of (people I interviewed) have an idea on what eating healthy really means.” Bowden explained that most people think just about low-fat, complex carbohydrates, vegetarianism and calorie intake. “There is so much misinformation out there; and it is so damaging,” he said.
He discussed saturated fats as an example. Recent studies have confirmed that, contrary to widespread belief, saturated fats do not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. “They are perfectly fine,” he said. “This is a great example of how a real healthy natural food got maligned by this nonsensical information we’ve been getting for the past 40 years. People don’t want to touch stuff because it has palm oil. Palm oil is a great saturated fat.”
He acknowledged that some people have environmental concerns about palm oil. He compared sourcing palm oil with sourcing meat. “There is meat that comes from factory-farm toxic places, and there is palm oil that comes from places where they destroy the rainforest and the environment for orangutans. But Malaysian palm oil is like the equivalent of grass-fed meat. That’s a county with an enormously conscious conservation policy. Malaysian palm oil is sustainable,” he said.
Non-GMO Malaysian sustainable palm oil has a balanced fatty acid content. The natural oil consists of approximately 50 percent unsaturated fat and 50 percent saturated fat. “I use Malaysian palm oil all the time. It is loaded with tocotrienols and it stands up to heat. It also won’t cause inflammation like the other vegetable oils that we are stocking up on: canola, soybean, safflower, sunflower and corn oil. I would love to see really healthy oils like Malaysian sustainable palm oil get their reputation redeemed and get back into our diet.”