Malaysian sustainable palm oil is a nutritional powerhouse. I included this better-for-you oil in my list of nutrient-dense foods, published in Eating Naturally magazine. When asked which foods are best to eat, I encourage people to look beyond calories and the macronutrients of protein, carbohydrate and fat. Other important components include vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and fiber. When choosing foods, it’s best to take all of these components into consideration. When it comes to oils, a smart choice is nutrient-dense palm oil.
Foods with high nutrient density:
Malaysian sustainable palm oil: This nutritious oil contains the highest number of polyunsaturated fatty acids of all the saturated fats – about five times more than coconut oil or butter fat. Its unique fatty acid ratio helps maintain your HDL (good) cholesterol and lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol. A balanced fatty acid composition has been advocated by the American Heart Association. Palm oil is also rich in vitamin E tocotrienols, beta carotene and other antioxidants. Nutrient-dense Malaysian palm oil is found in many foods you may already eat, such as Smart Balance spreads and Luna bars.
Tea: This universal beverage may help lower cholesterol and inhibit cancer while boosting focus and calmness. The antioxidant power of black tea is the same as green tea, but green tea contains a particularly powerful antioxidant, epigallocatechin gallate.
Tomatoes: Lycopene is the phytonutrient which gives this summertime staple its red color. It may also provide you with UV protection from the inside out. Tomatoes’ antioxidants also support heart health by reducing oxidized LDL cholesterol and boosting circulation.
Almonds: This nut contains 12 vitamins and minerals, and is packed with fiber and protein. Almonds are a great choice if you’re trying to lose weight, as they have been shown to promote satiety and have a positive effect on your meal’s glycemic index.
Chia seeds: These tiny seeds also provide a sense of fullness because they absorb 12 times their weight in water. They also contain fiber, iron, magnesium, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds also help balance your body’s electrolyte levels.