Parents across the globe are trying to teach their children to enjoy eating healthier foods. Recently 100 Malaysian children and their parents got help from the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), which sponsored a baking demonstration and cooking workshop. While learning to bake brownies and make fresh sandwiches, participants also learned about the health and socioeconomic benefits of their country’s certified sustainable palm oil.
The workshop was conducted by local culinary students/palm oil ambassadors under the Love MY Palm Oil Campaign. “Under the programme, students at various institutions of higher learning apply to become ambassadors promoting local palm oil by becoming speakers at events, organising related events or helping to spread the message on social media.
“The campaign, launched recently by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is an initiative by the Primary Industries Ministry via the MPOC to instil pride and greater appreciation of the benefits of local palm oil,” writes Calyn Yap, a reporter for The Star newspaper who covered the event.
The workshop also drew the public’s attention to the MPOC’s Palm Chocolate Factory, which has already been visited by approximately 22,000 children since it opened in May 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.
Rich in micronutrients, palm oil has the added nutritional benefits of supporting brain health, lowering blood pressure and anti-aging. It is also a preferred choice because of its fatty acid profile is a balance of saturated to unsaturated fats.
While American families may not have the Palm Chocolate Factory in their travel plans any time soon, we can enjoy Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil in many chocolates sold here in the U.S. as well as such products as Nutella. Palm oil is also a trending ingredient in pizza, ice cream, non-dairy foods and baked goods.