Olive oil is a healthy fat, but it’s not the only one. I brought Malaysian palm oil to the set. It’s grown in a sustainable way – which was a “new” key point in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. Malaysian palm oil can be found at some specialty grocery stores. It’s also an ingredient in many food products, such as Nutella and Smart Balance. This healthy oil helps to manage your cholesterol. It also has vitamins A and E. The executive summary of the Dietary Guidelines list both of these vitamins as shortfall nutrients because we’re not getting enough of them in our diets.
Palm oil is sustainably produced in Malaysia. The country makes a concerted effort to ensure palm oil production is good for its people and the planet.
Palm oil has the right balance of saturated to polyunsaturated fat which helps manage cholesterol. It’s now found in many products including Smart Balance and Olivio spreads, Luna bars and Nutella
The new Dietary Guidelines talk about eating foods that are sustainable. Malaysian palm oil is grown in a sustainable manner. It’s a better-for-you fat because it’s heart healthy. And it contains high amounts of beta carotene and vitamin E, two areas of concern in the new dietary guidelines.
Recent studies have shown that we no longer need to shy away from saturated fats. We don’t want to be fat. We want to eat fat. We want to eat good-for-you fat. We know that olive oil is good and nuts are good. And fish are good for us and avocados are great for us, too. Tropical oils such as Malaysian sustainable palm oil are also healthy. This good-for-you oil is found in a lot of products, for example, the Smart Balance blends. It really is a great fat.