If there’s one thing all moms can agree on, it’s that they hear this phrase from their kids at all times of the day: I’m hungry. Blogger and TV contributor Carolina King, founder of Mama Instincts, is one of many health-conscious mommy bloggers who are showing other moms why Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil deserves a place in their hungry family’s diets.
“Palm oil is in fact a good fat, but ONLY if the palm oil is responsibly sourced from Malaysia,” King wrote in her blog, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Palm Oil.” She debunked these four common myths, stressing that she based her research on Malaysian palm oil, so using palm oil from another country may not reap the same family-friendly benefits.
Myth 1: Palm oil is unhealthy because it contains saturated fat
King explained that Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil contains almost equal amounts of unsaturated and saturated fats. “In the body, palm oil behaves more like a monounsaturated fat (olive oil is monounsaturated),” she wrote. She pointed out that it is one of nature’s richest sources of vitamin E tocotrienols that support brain, bone and liver health. King also explained the benefits of its higher smoke point. “You can sauté with it at high temperatures, without it breaking down and creating potentially cancer-causing compounds.”
Myth 2: Other edible oils are better for the environment than palm oil
King said she only recommends palm oil from Malaysia because of the country’s dedication to sustainability. “Palm oil harvested in other parts of the world is what gave palm oil a bad reputation, but Malaysian is different.” One-hundred percent of Malaysia’s palm oil will be certified sustainable by 2020. “Oil palm trees don’t need to be cleared and replanted every year as with corn, canola and soybean crops. This results in significantly less environmental impact, as well as stable homes for wildlife.”
Myth 3: Palm oil plantation workers are kept in poverty
Malaysian palm oil production is helping to eradicate poverty, and it supports communities by helping fund roads and schools.
Myth 4: Palm oil production puts orangutans and other animals in harm’s way
In fact, Malaysia is dedicated to caring for orangutans and other animals while protecting their habitats.
To help their readers incorporate palm oil, mommy bloggers are also sharing their favorite recipes. For example, King loves it for making popcorn. And, she uses it to cook cauliflower because its deep, red color makes the vegetable more appealing to her children.
If you’re looking for new ways to work healthy food into your family’s diet while also caring for the environment, check out King’s post on Mama Instincts and add a bottle of Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil to your pantry. Find it online or at your local specialty grocery store.