Despite the airline losing my luggage, I finally made it to the set of WATN’s Local Memphis Live. I was looking to forward to talking with the hosts of this ABC affiliate about the latest Dietary Guidelines and how they can help you repair your body from the long winter and get it ready for spring. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture jointly publish Guidelines to help Americans eat a more healthful diet and reduce the risk for certain diseases. This year, the Guidelines suggest eating more sustainable foods. It provided me the opportunity to talk about Malaysian palm oil. This better-for-you oil is environmentally friendly, plus it contains the right balance of fats to help maintain heart health.
There’s just so much misinformation out there about the right foods to eat. For example, oils. The Dietary Guidelines no longer identifies cholesterol intake as a risk factor or nutrient of concern per se. We should, however, consume better-for-us fats. We all know that olive oil is good for us, but it’s not the only healthy oil. Malaysian sustainable palm oil has this certain balance of polyunsaturated to saturated fats that helps manage your cholesterol. Palm oil is also rich in vitamin E tocotrienols and beta carotene, and is naturally free of trans fats.
The Guidelines also suggest eating more foods that are sustainably produced. Its executive summary states: “Linking health, dietary guidance and the environment will promote human health and the sustainability of natural resources and ensure current and long-term food security.” Palm oil is sustainably produced in Malaysia. The country makes a concerted effort to ensure palm oil production is good for its people and the planet. With this news, this nutritious oil is likely to appear in even more food products. Today, you can find it in products such as Smart Balance and Nutella.
Heart disease is still the number one killer in this country. So when it comes to your diet, I suggest using a variety of plant-based oils. We know olive oil is great, but also consider choosing sustainable foods, such as Malaysian palm oil, that help manage your cholesterol.