Environmental experts have identified beef, pig and poultry production as major drivers of deforestation. That’s one reason why some Americans are transitioning to a more plant-based diet. Not only are fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts full of nutrients that our bodies need, most are grown in ways that are good for the planet. Some, such as Malaysian palm oil, are especially championed for their health and environmental benefits. Here’s why Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil gets the green thumbs up.
- Palm oil is non-GMO. Many common plant-based foods in the United States are produced with generic engineering. This includes soy, corn, sugar beet, rice, canola, papaya, potato and squash. In fact, more than 90 percent of the U.S.’s corn and soy fields are used to grow GMO crops. Malaysian palm oil is always non-GMO. That’s why it’s a common ingredient in many better-for-you, non-GMO products.
- Palm oil is sustainably produced. Palm oil is the world’s most efficient vegetable oil crop. An acre of Malaysian oil palm plantations produces 11 times more oil than an acre of soybean, ten times more than sunflower and seven times more than canola. Producing more oil with less land is a big deal considering our world’s growing demand for nutritious wholesome food. In addition, this lush perennial tree crop absorbs eight times more harmful greenhouses gases than soybean plants.
- Palm oil is nature’s richest source of vitamin E tocotrienols. This nutrient is getting a lot of attention from researchers and healthcare professionals. Found most abundantly in red palm oil, tocotrienols have 40 to 60 times the antioxidant power of tocopherols, the more common form of vitamin E.
- Palm oil is pure and wholesome. All processed cooking oils contain contaminants, such as 3-MCPD. Many consider the Malaysian palm oil industry ahead of other edible oils producers when it comes to reducing process contaminants. The Malaysian palm oil industry has invested millions in local and overseas research.
- Palm oil is naturally trans-fat free. Malaysian palm oil, with its balanced natural fatty acid profile and a neutral effect on blood cholesterol, is being used by the food industry as a healthier alternative to trans fat-containing partially hydrogenated oils.
Why Malaysian palm oil?
Malaysia is a leader in responsible palm oil production. Malaysian palm oil, the world’s first sustainable vegetable oil, has been a symbol of environmental responsibility for decades. The country has strengthened its commitment by implementing a nationwide Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification program. Soon, all palm oil produced in Malaysia will align with the country’s stringent sustainability policies.