The Nutrition Myth Buster and author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Jonny Bowden, PhD, talked to the hosts at Fox Studio 40 Live in Sacramento about why certified sustainable Malaysian palm oil is one of the best oils that we can consume. In addition to being sustainable, Malaysian palm oil contains beneficial nutrients that are neuroprotective and cardioprotective.

Bowden was on the show to bust the myth that saturated fats are bad for you. “Saturated fat does not cause heart disease and we need to get it back into our diets,” he stated. But it needs to be the right kinds for saturated fats, such as certified sustainable Malaysian palm oil. “Palm oil is one of the best oils we could possibly consume. The reason that [some] Malaysian palm oil is red is because it contains carotenoids. It contains tocotrienols.” Tocotrienols are a potent form of vitamin E that are also sold as supplements. They have been shown to help protect against and minimize stroke-related brain damage.

Bowden also added that, “It’s sustainable, it doesn’t hurt the animals.” Most of the palm oil used in the United States comes from Malaysia. The Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification program ensures that palm oil produced in Malaysia aligns with the country’s stringent sustainability policies. Achieving MSPO became mandatory as of 2020, and the country is working toward 100% compliance.

Palm oil is available online and in ethnic grocery stores. In addition, it is an ingredient in many popular foods such as some microwave popcorns, peanut butters, candies and other non-GMO snacks.

Learn more about the health benefits of certified sustainable Malaysian palm oil.

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