Get the Facts: Malaysian Palm Oil
Taste of Malaysia with Martin Yan debuts on American Public Television
This new series explores Malaysia cuisine, and also introduces viewers to the natural beauty and cultural sensations of this Southeast Asian country. Malaysian cooking is influenced by Malay, Chinese and Indian traditions. Certified sustainable palm oil is an essential ingredient in many recipes.
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. Much of the palm oil consumed in the United States is sustainably grown and produced from Malaysia.
Why palm oil?
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.
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.
Why Malaysian palm oil?
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. One hundred percent of Malaysia’s palm oil will be certified sustainable by 2020.
Family farmers tend approximately 40 percent of Malaysia’s palm-planted lands.