National Cholesterol Awareness Month was a great time for preventive cardiology expert Joseph Keenan, MD to dispel some of the most common low-fat diet myths. Appearing on ABC affiliate KSTP, Keenan reassured host Tom Durian that only trans fats, those modified by hydrogenation, should be avoided completely. Keenan recommends that people incorporate vitamin E-rich sustainable Malaysian red palm fruit oil into their diets. The oil’s tocotrienols are important for helping to prevent oxidative damage to cells, which may in turn slow cellular aging. He added that palm fruit oil’s high smoke point makes it one of the safest oils to use when grilling. Other oils, such as olive oil, may break down into potentially hazardous compounds when heated past their lower smoke point.
Robin Miller is a health and nutrition editor with more than 30 years of industry experience. She researches and writes about the nutritional benefits of palm fruit oil, with the goal of giving readers factual, science-based information that will be useful in their daily lives.