I’ve been cooking all wrong!
I thought I was a decent home chef, I can roast a chicken, make a mean stir-fry and bake delicious breads and cookies. But recently I learned about a mistake I’ve been making in the kitchen. I’ve been using the wrong cooking oil.
If you’re like me, you have several bottles of cooking oil in your kitchen. For the past few years, I’ve used veg oil, canola mostly, but sometimes even soybean or corn. I thought I had this cooking oil thing down, but I was wrong. It turns out that a few of my fave oils begin to break down into harmful chemicals when heated. Thankfully, I discovered Malaysian Palm Oil as an alternative and healthy way to cook.
Palm oil is a common ingredient in many packaged foods, from better-for-you nutrition bars and heart-healthy spreads to indulgent cookies and candies. Much of the palm oil consumed in the United States is sustainably grown and produced from Malaysia.
Why palm oil?
Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet! About 2.3 billion people around the world currently depend on palm oil as an important part of their food supply.
But here in the U.S., most of us are just learning to appreciate palm oil for its health, culinary and environmental benefits.
Palm oil comes from the fruit of a special species of palm tree grown near the equator. Oil palm plantations are incredibly high yielding and also provide an environment where native animals can thrive.
Why Malaysian palm oil?
Malaysian palm oil is a food industry favorite because of its quality, wholesomeness and versatility. It’s non-GMO and nutritious, delivers a creamy texture and long shelf life, plus it’s responsibly produced.
In 2008, Malaysia was the first to produce and export sustainable palm oil. One hundred percent of Malaysia’s palm oil will be certified sustainable by 2020.
Family farmers tend approximately 40 percent of Malaysia’s palm-planted lands.
What is PalmOilHealth.org
Palmoilhealth.org tells the story of Malaysian palm oil. We provide nutrition information and recipes, facts about Malaysian palm oil’s sustainable production, as well as industry research.
Malaysia is an internationally trusted supplier of sustainable palm oil. Much of the palm oil used in the United States comes from this tropical county. Malaysia’s government system strictly regulates the industry to ensure its continued success. In fact, the Malaysian palm industry has been credited with reducing poverty and unemployment while contributing to Malaysia’s healthy environment.
Malaysia is also known for its beaches, rainforests, and Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. It possesses some of the best economic and environmental records in Asia. Due to Malaysia’s abundant wildlife and tropical rainforests, it’s a hot spot for eco-tourism.
Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil Certification
Malaysia was the first country to produce sustainable oil. And now the country is strengthening its sustainability commitment with its nationwide Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification program.
This ground-breaking certification program will be mandatory countrywide by the end of 2019. MSPO certification addresses the environmental, social and economic aspects of palm oil production. It also documents the importance of balancing these aspects for the good of all involved. It covers all aspects of palm oil production, from the field to the final product. MSPO certification differentiates Malaysia’s palm oil from the competition.
Where to find Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil
Malaysian palm oil is an industry favorite because of its quality and wholesomeness. Leading companies such as Kellogg’s, Nestle, Ferrero and General Mills depend on palm oil to produce great-tasting and nutritious products. They take great care to use responsibly produced palm oil, such as Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil. View each company’s corporate responsibility report to learn more about their responsible palm oil sourcing.