My daughter likes to eat Nutella by the spoonful. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich doesn’t need to be saved for lunch. It makes a great snack. But avoid peanut butters made with partially hydrogenated oils. They are loaded with artificial trans fats, known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. I suggest the Smart Balance peanut butter. It contains antioxidant rich Malaysian sustainable palm oil. This better-for-you ingredient is naturally trans fat free. Palm oil also contains tocotrienols, a potent form of vitamin E, and beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A.
Many manufacturers have chosen Malaysian sustainable palm oil to replace the hydrogenated oils in their recipes. This naturally trans fat-free ingredient offers the same beneficial qualities, without the health risks. In fact, Malaysian sustainable palm oil offers health benefits. That’s why I included it in my list of superfoods.
Palm oil is also rich in vitamin E tocotrienols, beta carotene and other antioxidants. Nutrient-dense Malaysian palm oil is found in many foods you may already eat, such as Smart Balance spreads and Luna bars.
Unrefined Malaysian palm oil has a vibrant orange color because it is loaded with beta carotene. This vitamin A precursor is often associated with carrots and tomatoes, but Malaysian sustainable palm oil is actually nature’s richest source of this powerful antioxidant. Palm oil contains 15 times more carotenoids than carrots, and 30 times more than tomatoes.
While I can’t speak to other countries, palm oil is sustainably grown and produced in Malaysia. The Malaysian palm oil industry is a worldwide model for sustainable agriculture. Per acre of land, its oil palm plantations produce ten times more oil than other oil crops such as canola or soybean.