Researchers, educators, food scientists and healthcare professionals from around the world will gather in Kuala Lumpur next month to attend the Palm International Nutra-Cosmeceutical Conference 2015 (PINC 2015). Hosted by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, the event’s timing is fortuitous. Palm oil is naturally trans fat-free, non-GMO and behaves much like a partially hydrogenated oil in foods. Experts say that it is an ideal, affordable replacement as food manufacturers rid their products of trans fats.
On August 3 and 4, PINC 2015 attendees will hear about the latest palm oil nutrition research and learn why it is well suited for a heart-healthy diet. Everything from using palm oil as a food colorant to labeling and anti-aging research will be discussed.
The major topic areas for PINC 2015 include:
- Palm emerging tocotrienols’ role in disease prevention. Interest in vitamin E tocotrienols has gained significant momentum during the past decades. Palm oil is the most important natural source. Several key researchers will discuss the latest science related to palm tocotrienols, including their health benefits in the areas of cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer.
- Palm carotenes’ benefits for skin and cellular health. Red palm oil, which is specially processed to retain its carotene and tocotrienol content, has sparked the imagination of many nutritionists and culinary experts. During PINC 2015, attendees will hear about red palm oil’s role in overcoming vitamin A deficiency, its increased demand as a food colorant, and the latest research on skin health, antioxidant benefits, cell-cell signaling and enhancement of immune functions.
- Palm polyphenols’ potential role in wellness. Palm polyphenols are the hidden secret once washed away into the processing waste stream. Malaysian scientists have successfully identified the biological activities of these palm polyphenols and will be reviewing their potential role in disease prevention and wellness.
- Busting the myths associated with saturated fatty acids. Recent major publications have debunked the long-held hypothesis that saturated fats contribute to heart disease. We’re now looking at carbohydrates as a possible causative macronutrient. PINC 2015 attendees will hear research details, and learn how palm oil is featured in new dietary strategies. In addition, questions regarding food labeling via palm oil product formulations and consumer awareness will also be discussed.
For anyone interested in listening to the presentations at PINC 2015 but is unable to attend in person, MPOC planning to stream the conference live via the Internet. For full details, log on to www.mpoc.org.my. Post-event coverage will also be available at www.palmoilhealth.org.