Board certified nutritionist and best-selling author Dr. Johnny Bowden probably caused this California TV audience to turn up the volume, when he announced that consuming Malaysian palm oil is one way to achieve optimal health. Interviewed on Sac & Co, Bowden described his four Fs for nutritional changes that will benefit your body the most: Fight inflammation, Fat, Fiber and Flavor.
“Most of us are having too much vegetable oil. We’ve been told it’s the good stuff. We’ve been told to stay away from saturated fat. It’s a myth,” Bowden stated, giving a clear example of the controversial ideas that gave him the moniker Rogue Nutritionist. “This stuff is very inflammatory, this corn oil and safflower oil and sunflower oil. We need to move back to some of the healthier saturated fats like Malaysian palm oil.”
In his quest to encourage people to move back to healthy fats, Bowden explained some of Malaysian red palm oil’s health benefits: “The redness here comes from all the antioxidants and carotenoids.” Along with beta carotene, vitamin E tocotrienols (which are found most abundantly in palm fruit oil) have fascinated researchers for years, and have been the focus of numerous studies involving brain health, stroke damage and helping those suffering from Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
“[Palm oil] stands up to heat. It doesn’t cause inflammation,” Bowden commented. A long-time proponent of consuming healthy fats including foods that contain saturated fats, he points to other more likely culprits of heart disease. “Sugar is far more damaging to the heart than fat ever was, and we’re beginning to see this now. So this focus on cholesterol has been incredibly destructive because we haven’t looked at these real promoters of heart disease: inflammation, oxidative damage, sugar in the diet and number one with a bullet: stress.”
The new Back to Basics cookbook, now available on Amazon, was created in part to help Americans learn how to use more red palm oil – the most popular cooking oil in many other parts of the world — in their everyday cooking, It features simple recipes influenced by several cuisines including Asian and Italian. Proceeds from this hardcover, gift-quality book benefit the Malaysian Palm Oil Council’s Wildlife Conservation Fund.