“But the oils that we’re cooking with – these corn oils – these are processed, horrible oils that contribute to inflammation. We need to redeem the reputation of good healthy fats like eggs and butter. Inflammation is a culprit in every major degenerative disease. Every single one.”
“Every country is different. Malaysia, for example, is one of the good guys. It produces sustainable palm oil. More than 50 percent of Malaysia’s forests are protected forever. Most of the oil palms are grown on old rubber plantations. It’s not newly cleared land. A lot of people get their geography mixed up. They think Indonesia and Malaysia are the same place.
“There have been two major studies in the last four years that have shown that saturated fat has no relationship to heart disease. We have just been sold a crock of you know what,” said Bowden. “And what we’ve been doing is replacing these normal, healthy fats from real whole foods such as eggs, nuts, cheese and butter, with all of these processed carbohydrates which has made us fat, sick, tired and depressed.”
We need to switch to things like olive oil, coconut oil — which is a saturated fat but very healthy for you — and my favorite these days is Malaysian palm oil. It’s red because of all the antioxidants.
The Malaysian palm oil industry cares about its environment. It invests in wildlife conservation and the country has pledged to set aside at least 50 percent of her total land to forest cover. This lush country is one of the largest carbon sinks in the world.
“We should substitute Malaysian palm oil which is environmentally sustainable, for some of that inflammatory omega-6 to help right the balance,” explained Bowden. “Malaysian sustainable palm oil won’t cause inflammation. It also won’t break down into toxic substances when you cook with it.” This healthy oil is also non-GMO and free of trans fats.
Saturated fatty acids, such as those found in Malaysian palm oil, are perfectly fine to consume. Even if they do raise overall cholesterol levels, a look “under the hood” will reveal that they tend to raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol and LDLa particles (which are pretty much harmless), while they lower LDLb particles (which are atherogenic).
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