I live, eat and ‘everything else’ healthy living. Not only is it my profession, but I want to make sure I’m taking care of myself, and my family, in the best possible way. It’s also helpful when following the ever-changing dietary trends. When I was on Columbia, South Carolina’s Fox News, I shared my list of the latest, better-for-you foods with their viewers. Since artificial ingredients are on everybody’s radar, I explained how Malaysian sustainable palm oil, a healthy substitute for trans fats, has benefits beyond your typical oil.
If you have a bottle of red palm oil, you can literally see its healthfulness. Unrefined Malaysian palm oil has a vibrant orange color because it is loaded with beta carotene. This vitamin A precursor is often associated with carrots and tomatoes, but Malaysian sustainable palm oil is actually nature’s richest source of this powerful antioxidant. Palm oil contains 15 times more carotenoids than carrots, and 30 times more than tomatoes. Malaysian sustainable palm oil is also an abundant source of tocotrienols. This form of vitamin E supports brain health. Studies have also shown how it may help limit stroke damage. Malaysian sustainable palm oil also has a uniquely balanced fatty acid composition which supports healthy blood cholesterol levels. This better-for-us oil has been in our foods for a long time, most notably in the heart-healthy Smart Balance spreads.
Malaysian sustainable palm oil’s unique composition also makes it a more healthful alternative to partially hydrogenated oils, our primary source of trans fats. Many manufacturers are now using this versatile oil in their recipes. It provides a creamy texture and helps extend shelf life. It’s also non-GMO and sustainably produced in Malaysia. It’s the world’s most land-efficient oil crop.
People are finally becoming more acquainted with tropical oils, such as coconut and palm oil. I even saw a sign about palm oil at my local Target. I’m glad we’re finally recognizing the health benefits of this versatile oil.
Dr. Felicia D. Stoler is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and expert consultant in nutrition and healthful living. She was the host for the reality show, Honey We’re Killing the Kids on TLC. She is the author of Living Skinny in Fat Genes™: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great (Pegasus 2011). She specializes in integrating behavior modification to influence positive health outcomes. Stoler is the published author of numerous articles on nutrition, exercise, health and wellness.