The Malaysian government and industry leaders have taken steps to ensure that palm oil continues to boosts Malaysia’s economic development. This includes adopting Good Agricultural Practices. In Malaysia, oil palm can only be planted on designated farmland. The country has also pledged to set aside at least 50 percent of its total land for forest cover.
Saturated fatty acids, such as those found in Malaysian palm oil, are perfectly fine to consume. Even if they do raise overall cholesterol levels, a look “under the hood” will reveal that they tend to raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol and LDLa particles (which are pretty much harmless), while they lower LDLb particles (which are atherogenic).
Malaysia’s palm oil industry is committed to preserving the habitat of native wildlife and using eco-friendly agricultural processes. The industry supports the Sun Bear Conservation Center.