Good nutrition starts with the choices you make in the grocery store. You can fill your cart with artificial products that are full of empty calories, or choose nutrient-dense natural products. When I appeared on Lexington, Kentucky’s Fox 56 News, I explained why Malaysian palm oil is a smart choice. This versatile oil is naturally trans fat free, heart healthy and rich in vitamin E tocotrienols. Malaysian palm oil is also sustainably grown and produced, so you can rest easy knowing it’s as good for the planet as it is for your body.

Trans fats – byproducts of an industrial hydrogenation process – are still in our food supply. Our bodies have a tough time breaking down this unhealthy fat. This leads to higher blood cholesterol levels and increased cardiovascular disease risk. That’s why it’s important to always read nutrition labels when shopping. Unfortunately, an FDA labeling loophole allows companies to claim zero trans fat, even if the product contains up to 0.5 grams of this artificial ingredient per serving. To avoid this unhealthy fat, you must read the ingredient list. Choose foods made without hydrogenated oils.

Natural fats, such as Malaysian sustainable palm oil, are a better-for-you choice. Thankfully, experts have forecasted that they will become more prevalent in our food supply. Food manufacturers looking to replace trans fats often turn to Malaysian sustainable palm oil. Unlike other oils, in most cases palm oil doesn’t need to be hydrogenated to achieve the desired consistency.This non-GMO oil has the rich, creamy texture needed, and also provides a heart-healthy polyunsaturated to mono-unsaturated fat balance. Malaysian sustainable palm oil is also the world’s richest source of neuro-protective vitamin E tocotrienols.

You can find Malaysian sustainable palm oil in many popular foods such as Smart Balance products, Luna bars and Nutella. It’s also in some coconut spreads and chocolates. Although the country of origin isn’t always on the label, rest assured that 80 percent of the palm oil used in the United States is sourced from eco-friendly Malaysia.

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.

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