This post was originally published on August 30, 2016 and updated on September 16, 2021.

In addition to spotless notebooks, sharpened pencils and new shoes, many parents are looking for snacks with clean labels for their kids as they head back to school. A clean label – an ingredient list which is easy to read, and without hard-to-pronounce or worrisome ingredients – is getting easier to find. Many companies are racing to remove unhealthy trans fats, artificial colors and flavors, and genetically modified ingredients from their food. Look for palm oil on these newly shortened ingredients lists. Malaysian sustainable palm oil is a natural, balanced and wholesome fat.

Malaysian sustainable palm oil is naturally trans fat-free.
A 2014 study by the Nutrition Business Journal listed high-fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils – our primary source of trans fats – as the two ingredients consumers are most trying to avoid. Many American companies are replacing their recipe’s partially hydrogenated oil with naturally trans fat free Malaysian sustainable palm oil. Because of its balanced fatty acid composition, palm oil possesses many of the same desirable benefits of trans fats, such as long shelf life and creamy consistency, but without the cardiovascular risks. In fact, Malaysian sustainable palm oil is rich with nutrients not normally found in cooking oils. This healthy fat is nature’s richest source of vitamin E tocotrienols. This powerful antioxidant supports brain and skin health. Unrefined palm oil has 15 times more beta carotene than carrots.

Non-GMO Palm oil is a sustainably grown and produced.
The demand for non-GMO ingredients is increasing. Some suppliers are claiming 80 percent growth. As a result of this “non-GMO tsumani”, the number of products carrying non-GMO claims increased by 45 percent in 2014. Unlike most American oil crops – more than 90 percent of America’s soybean and corn crops are genetically modified – Malaysian sustainable palm oil is non-GMO. The Malaysian palm oil industry is also a model for sustainable agricultural practices. The industry is committed to conservation of land and protection of wildlife. It also helps provide for the family farmers who tend the country’s oil palm plantations.

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