Here’s an interview with registered dietitian and best-selling nutrition author Dr. Felicia Stoler that demonstrates that “you are what you eat”. When she visited Dr. Derrick DeSilva on his show, 12 To Your Health, she gave New Jersey viewers insights on Malaysian palm oil recipes for better beauty, and encouraged people to focus on the contents of their kitchen cabinet rather than their beauty cabinet.

“I like to think about nutrition from the inside out,” Stoler said. “If our arteries and our vessels aren’t good, then the rest of us is not getting enough oxygen and nutrients.” She explained how Malaysian palm oil can help. Malaysian red palm fruit oil’s gorgeous orange/red color is due to its abundance of beta carotene, 15 times more than carrots and 30 times more than tomatoes.

Beta carotene has been studied for its skin health properties. This study demonstrated that consuming enough beta carotene may help to minimize UV damage to the skin. This study also asked participants to rate a woman’s face under three conditions: natural, tanned, and after an increased carotenoids intake. Participants rated the last option as healthier than natural or even tanned skin.

Malaysian palm oil also contains tocotrienols, a form of vitamin E that scientists have discovered may delay aging in skin cells.

Along with these antioxidants, Malaysian palm oil is comprised of a unique balance of saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids that makes it cholesterol-neutral; it is also naturally free of trans fat. This may support heart health.

Stoler recommended combining Malaysian palm oil, butternut squash and cranberries for a tasty, antioxidant-rich treat. Choosing healthy snacks over vending machine purchases is a simple way to make better-for-you decisions. Stoler had one more way to capitalize upon palm fruit oil’s health benefits: “You can use [it] topically on your face.”

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If you’re curious about more ways to cook with Malaysian palm fruit oil, the Back to Basics cookbook, available on Amazon, features several simple recipes. Proceeds go to the Malaysian Palm Oil Council’s Wildlife Conservation Fund.

Felicia Stoler is a member of Media Relations Inc.’s panel of highly respected third-party experts. She is compensated to express her own professional opinions, through the media, about certain products.