If the summer heat is zapping your energy, try cooking with Malaysian palm fruit oil. Eating the right foods boosts your energy and helps to keep your body functioning optimally. Interviewed by One Life Radio hosts, registered dietitian and author Dr. Felicia Stoler told Texas radio listeners all about healthy fats, a necessary part of any balanced diet.
“Fats and fiber provide satiety,” Stoler said, referring to the satisfied, comfortable fullness that you feel after a large, but not too big, meal. “You can eat avocados and nuts, and also a lot more tropical oils.”
Tropical oils, such as Malaysian palm fruit oil and coconut oil , are becoming more popular across the United States. Malaysian palm oil, however, is Stoler’s favorite. “It’s loaded with tocotrienols, a neuro-protective form of vitamin E. It’s cardio-protective. And it’s got the right balance of saturated and polyunsaturated fats.” This balance makes palm fruit oil cholesterol neutral; it’s also free of trans fats.
There are many ways to incorporate healthy fats into your diet. “[Palm oil’s] neutral flavor is great for summertime cooking,” Stoler said, adding that she often uses it in potato or macaroni salads. It can be used in place of olive oil, especially if your kids or family members don’t enjoy its taste. Because of its neutral flavor, you could use palm oil in anything from sautéing to baking (as a substitute for butter).
“What I also like about the palm fruit oil is that when you cook with it and you grill with it; it has such a high smoke point that it doesn’t destroy the flavor of your food,” Stoler finished. “Sometimes if you use other oils it makes your vegetables taste a little funky … because the smoke point’s lower. When you’re grilling, you can’t really control the temperature on the barbeque.”
Recipe ideas can be found in the Back to Basics cookbook. Proceeds from sales of this book go towards the Malaysian Palm Oil Council’s Wildlife Conservation Fund. This interview aired on both The Answer and iHeartRadio.
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.