MEDIA BUZZ: September is Healthy Aging Month. In this Oregon TV appearance, nutrition myth buster Jonny Bowden describes why Malaysian sustainable palm oil is an important part of his anti-aging strategy.
Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS knows a thing or two about nutrition and healthy fats. This board certified nutritionist is the author of “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth” and “Smart Fat”. We were honored that he included Malaysian sustainable palm oil when he discussed anti-aging foods on Oregon’s KOIN 6 News. Bowden encouraged viewers to embrace healthy fats such as palm oil for their many health benefits.
Smart fats explained
Not all fats are the same. Bowden explained that smart fats, “have been shown to have a clinical benefit in human health.” His examples were fish oil, olive oil and sustainable Malaysian palm oil. Fish oil is loaded with beneficial anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Olive oil is a mono-unsaturated fat which may help lower heart disease risk. Palm oil is a balanced fat – equal proportions of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids – loaded with vitamin E tocotrienols and carotenoids.
The saturated fat myth
Research shows that saturated fat consumption does not increase heart disease risk, as earlier studies had suggested. The misguided fear of saturated fat set off a wave of fat-free foods which were often loaded with calories and added sugar. “We demonized saturated fat for so long,” said Bowden. “It had been the wrong way to go.”
Trans fats, byproducts of an industrial process which makes liquid oils act more like saturated fats, have been shown to increase cardiovascular risk. An FDA ruling is helping remove this harmful ingredient from America’s food supply.
Malaysian sustainable palm oil
Bowden pointed to a bottle of Malaysian sustainable red palm oil. This non-GMO, naturally trans fat-free oil has an unusual color. “It’s red because it has carotenoids in it,” explained Bowden. Red palm oil is a rich source of this potent antioxidant, containing 15 times more beta carotene than carrots. He added that palm oil is also good for the brain. “And it’s sustainable because it’s from Malaysia.” Malaysia is known for its progressive environmental policies. “This is a great oil,” Bowden said before offering a final tip: “Switch some of your corn oil, safflower oil and soybean oil – heavy inflammatory oils – for some good, healthy saturated fats.