Good Day Sacramento invited author and nutrition expert Sherry Torkos to lend her expertise to a segment on healthy eating tips and food, where she got into a discussion about healthy oil.
One interesting food that Sherry talked about was Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil, an all-natural and naturally trans-fat free oil perfect for cooking. This oil withstands heat without losing nutrients and has a subtler flavor than olive oil.
People tend to use olive oil for healthy cooking because they have misconceptions about Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil. While it’s true that this oil does have a higher amount of saturated fats, it actually has a healthy balance of of unsaturated fats. As a result, Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil has almost no impact on your cholesterol as long as your total dietary fat intake is in line with recommended levels.
It also has powerful antioxidants called tocotrienols (vitamin E), as well as carotenes (vitamin A). Preliminary research suggests that tocotrienols may help protect your brain’s sensitive nerve cells. This potential benefit is so important that the National Institutes of Health has renewed funding for research on supplementing diets with tocotrienols. This may ultimately lead to the development of foods fortified with tocotrienols, which would be an inexpensive and easy way to help us protect ourselves from neurological damage.
Sherry already praised Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil as a leader in food innovation. Not only is the oil available for cooking, it’s already incorporated into a variety of products including Smart Balance peanut butter and spread, and Nutella hazelnut spread. Yum!