Farmers’ market season is here, making available the freshest summer produce. This is also a good time to do something good for your heart health. NBC 9 News’ Colorado viewers recently learned which farm-fresh foods should be on their shopping lists. Best-selling author and former host of TLC’s Honey, We’re Killing the Kids Dr. Felicia Stoler also told them why non-GMO Malaysian red palm oil, may be our hearts’ best friend.
“Our heart is that muscle that we need for the rest of our lives. We have to take really good care of it,” Stoler began, adding that “A lot of [older] people regret that they didn’t take better care of their health.” There are many things we know about nutrition that can help us live healthier, longer lives.
Improving the way we care for our hearts may be as simple as changing our cooking oil. “We know that olive oil is great, part of the Mediterranean diet,” Stoler agreed. “Something that’s also equally as important is getting something called Malaysian palm fruit oil … It’s naturally trans fat–free and you can see from the beautiful color, it’s loaded with beta carotene. It’s nature’s richest source of a particular type of vitamin E called tocotrienols, which are neuro-protective,” Stoler explained. These nutrients allow palm oil to support both heart and brain health
It is best to use olive oil for salad dressings, or after the food has already been cooked. For grilling, sautéing, barbequing or even baking, palm oil’s high smoke point makes it an excellent alternative.
Stoler also had a few recommendations for less conventional ways to use Malaysian red palm oil, which remains a semi-solid at room temperature: “You can use this in place of mayonnaise over the summer in your salads, which is really important with the heat and food safety as far as a potato salad or a pasta salad.”
Felicia Stoler is a member of Media Relations Inc.’s panel of highly respected third-party experts. She is compensated to express her own professional opinions, through the media, about certain products.