WholeFoods Magazine, a monthly trade magazine for the natural products industry, published an article about the increasing number of cooking oils available to the public. The article explained that gourmet and artisanal oils are rising in popularity because consumers are looking for healthier and more sustainable ingredients. We’re happy that Malaysian sustainable palm oil was featured prominently in this in-depth and well-researched article.
Palm oil contains the good fats consumers crave
Author Lisa Schofield interviewed many edible oil industry experts for this article. One explained that health-conscious consumers are choosing oils that are sources of good fats. “Experts and clinicians have dismissed the once-popular low-fat food trend, which ignored benefits of fatty acids,” wrote Schofield, “and now experts agree that we should all be eating more good fats.” Malaysian palm oil’s unique fatty acid composition was highlighted. Palm oil contains a healthy equal balance of saturated and unsaturated fats, and is naturally trans fat-free. “It is a natural replacement for partially hydrogenated oils in food processes and applications. For example, margarine made from palm oil does not need to undergo the hydrogenation process,” explained Bryan See, ExcelVite Inc. regional product manager.
Schofield added: “In addition, Malaysian red palm oil offers consumers tocotrienols, alpha-tocopherol, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, gamma-carotene and lycopene; making it a potent antioxidant product. It also contains, in lower levels, plant squalene and CoQ10.”
Malaysian palm oil is ideal for eco-friendly consumers
Sustainability is also on the minds of many consumers, explained Schofield, who mentioned Malaysia’s stringent production regulations. These regulations ensure that the palm oil produced in Malaysia is as good for the planet as it for consumers’ health. Not every country follows such progressive guidelines.
Malaysian sustainable palm oil meets the needs of today’s cooks
“As consumers become much more creative in the kitchen (and outside grill), culinary oils also need to perform,” wrote Schofield. Some oils, such as olive oil, break down at high temperatures. Malaysian palm oil, however, has a high smoke point. This makes it suitable for frying, grilling and other high-heat applications. The versatile oil also works well in salad dressings.
In addition to home chefs, food manufacturers are using Malaysian sustainable palm oil. In addition to being a natural replacement for partially hydrogenated oils, palm oil is non-GMO. And according to See, there’s an additional benefit: “It can also be added to formulations of margarine and cake or bakery mixes or as a natural colorant (yellow shade) in various food systems.”