Although more people are eating healthier, I am still asked what fats to eat and which to avoid. When I was a guest on Memphis’ Live at Nine, I used the opportunity to explain dietary fats including one of my favorites, Malaysian sustainable palm oil. We need some fats in our diet. They help keep our skin and brain healthy, they transport vitamins A, D, E and K, plus they’re a great source of energy. But some are better than others.
Fats to avoid
- Trans fats: This industrially created ingredient is known to increase your risk of heart disease. There’s a reason the FDA is looking to ban this unhealthy fat.
- Fried foods: In addition to being high in calories, they are often loaded with trans fats and may increase harmful inflammation.
What fats to eat
- Olive oil: This monounsaturated fat is good for you. It’s a key ingredient in the healthy. Mediterranean diet. Unfortunately, it breaks down in high heat, so use it to dress salads or drizzle over roasted veggies.
- Avocados: This party-pleaser is rich in vitamins and fiber. It’s also a good fat which helps to lower your cholesterol when eaten in moderation.
- Malaysian sustainable palm oil: Rich in brain- and heart-healthy tocotrienols, Malaysian palm oil is also heat-stable so you can use it for cooking and baking. It’s also non-GMO.
The show’s host asked me a great question: ‘What do you look for on the label to make sure you’re getting the healthiest fat?’ Anything with ‘partially hydrogenated’ on the labels contains some amount of trans fat. A better choice is Malaysian sustainable palm oil. Because country of origin isn’t required on the label, sometimes you will just see palm oil. When country is listed, know that Malaysia is a leader in sustainably produced palm oil. The company and its palm oil industry are proactive about wildlife protection and land conservation.
You’ll find Malaysian sustainable palm oil in many products, including Smart Balance peanut butter and spreads, and Luna Bars. You can get also get palm oil’s nutritious tocotrienols in supplement form. This super potent form of vitamin E supports your heart, brain and your skin.
Sherry Torkos is a holistic pharmacist, author, fitness instructor and lecturer. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1992. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows where she discusses a variety of medical and natural health topics.