Making the change to healthy oils, such as Malaysian red palm fruit oil, may be the first step to reaching your optimal health. As Rogue Nutritionist Dr. Jonny Bowden told Good Day Sacramento viewers, “we don’t have to be afraid of saturated fats.”
“We need an oil change. We are eating too many of these vegetable oils, which are pro-inflammatory,” Bowden said. “We need to switch to some of the healthier saturated fats that we’ve been told were bad for us, and now it’s turning out that they’re not.” Eating a highly inflammatory diet may put unnecessary stress on your body, exacerbating certain medical conditions and making it prone to others. Switching to healthy oils may help to lower this inflammation.
Bowden quickly named his favorite cooking oil: Malaysian red palm fruit oil, which contains a cholesterol-neutral blend of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. “This one got such a bad reputation,” Bowden said, referring to the fact that many countries do not source their palm oil responsibly. “From Malaysia, it’s very sustainable.” The Malaysian government put significant efforts in place to keep the industry adhering to more than 15 strict standards regulating palm oil production and wildlife thrives in many plantations.
Palm fruit oil’s vitamin E tocotrienols and beta carotene give it incredible anti-inflammatory properties. Their effects can be seen through research supporting their ability to minimize stroke damage and protect the brain’s white matter. Similarly, beta carotene may have properties that reduce the risk of UV damage and support cancer treatment.
Healthy oils also include olive oil. However, unlike Malaysian palm oil, olive oil does poorly under high heat, breaking down into potentially carcinogenic elements. Similarly, its unique flavor limits potential use. While Malaysian palm fruit oil can be used for baking, sautéing, frying and even baking, olive oil is best in salad dressings or to top foods such as fish after they’ve been cooked.
The Back to Basics cookbook, which features ideas for simple ways to incorporate this healthy oil into your diet, is available at Amazon.com. Proceeds go towards the Malaysian Palm Oil Council’s Wildlife Conservation Fund.