Why palm oil?
Palm oil is a common ingredient in many packaged foods, from better-for-you nutrition bars and heart-healthy spreads to indulgent cookies and candies. Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet! About 2.3 billion people around the world currently depend on palm oil as an important part of their food supply.
But here in the U.S., most of us are just learning to appreciate palm oil for its health, culinary and environmental benefits.
Clean eating made easy
Loaded with vitamin E tocotrienols and other phytonutrients
A natural replacement for hydrogenated oils
Ideal for cooking
Stable at high temperatures
Palm oil comes from the fruit of a special species of palm tree grown near the equator. Oil palm plantations are incredibly high yielding and also provide an environment where native animals can thrive.
Low-fat diets are not recommended. Current dietary advice puts the emphasis on optimizing types of dietary fats and not reducing total fat.
Tropical oils may also have some health benefits. Malaysian sustainable palm oil has a unique fatty acid profile, plus natural antioxidants such as vitamin E tocotrienols and carotenoids. Palm oil is also naturally trans-fat free.
Climate change, hunger and poor nutrition are continuing to plague our world. These issues highlight the need to change the way we eat, and Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil might hold the answers for our dietary future.
This post was originally published on February 2, 2015 and updated on December 23, 2021. Episode two of the Asian Food Channel television show, Eating Wild, explored how the Malaysian palm oil industry is protecting the abundant wildlife on the island of Borneo....
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Because of the oil palm’s high yield, Malaysia produces ample quantities of this global commodity while maintaining its 1992 Rio Earth Summit pledge to maintain more than 50 percent of its land cover as forests.
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Why Malaysian palm oil?
Much of the palm oil consumed in the United States is sustainably grown and produced from Malaysia. Malaysian palm oil is a food industry favorite because of its quality, wholesomeness and versatility. It’s non-GMO and nutritious, delivers a creamy texture and long shelf life, plus it’s responsibly produced.
In 2008, Malaysia was the first to produce and export sustainable palm oil. Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification became mandatory as of 2020, and the country is working toward 100% compliance.
Grown with Mother Earth in mind
Supporting farmers and protecting wildlife
MSPO Certification Program
Leading the world by example
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