Recently I was at an event organized by “Malaysian Palm Oil Council” at Ardor 2.1 where Dr Bhavna Shah (MPOC Regional head for India & Sri Lanka) who educated about the characteristics & benefits of Palm Oil. I use to believe that I don’t consume palm oil but it came to me as a shock when I learnt how the food industry is using this oil.
The session was highly informative and actually gave a new perception on the use and features of Palm oil.
Apparently 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!!
In addition to being non-GMO, palm oil is naturally trans fat-free and rich in heart- and brain-healthy vitamin E tocotrienols. More manufacturers are expected to turn to this premium ingredient as a replacement for both trans fats and GMO oils in their processed foods. Among the packaged food companies, Nestle, Danone, Kelloggs, Unilever, ConAgra Foods, Pepsico and General Mills all received high marks awarding them green ratings that reflected strong commitment. For the personal care category, Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, L’Oreal, P&G and Reckitt Benckiser received green ratings for making strong commitments to using palm oil that does not contribute to deforestation.
It was a perfect day for self care. Positive vibes, wild waves, warm sun and freedom to start a day by loving the thing around you.
Self care is the best Medicine.
Palm Oil forms an ingredient which provides earthy benefits. It supports neurological health, skin care, mascular degeneration, high cholesterol, blood pressure and depression.
The highlight of the event was the Food-Hunt that was organized for us. Every part of the event had the use of Palm Oil in the food items served to us. Our first clue took us to Pandey Paan (@pandeypaan) where we tasted a paan which had almonds fried to perfect crisp in palm oil. Our next clue took us to My Bar Headquarters (@mybarheadquarters) where we had to prepare a salad using various veggies and other sauces and palm oil and finally to Punjabi By Nature (@punjabibynature2.0) for a Palm Oil quiz, and then returned back to @ardor2.1!!
We then had a blind fold tasting session where we tasted Kadhai Paneer which had the main ingredient of palm oil and it tasted super sumptuous!!!! All in all, we had an amazing time and actually feeling ecstatic the fact that we won the challenges!
Palm oil is recognized as a wholesome and nutritious edible oil suitable for human consumption by CODEX Alimentations. Palm oil has a balanced fatty acid composition, between its saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, and high content of vitamin E. Let me mention the benefits that we were made aware of about.
How Palm Oil benefits the world
- It is the world’s most efficient oilseed crop – It yields 7 – 10 times more oil per hectare than other oil-bearing crops.
- Using less land and fewer fertilizers than any other oil crop.
- Palm oil helps to feed 2 Billion people around the world including many in Africa and Asia.
- Reducing Poverty, Hunger and creating Jobs.
- Food Manufacturers like Palm Oil Because it’s very pocket friendly.
- It supports 300,000 small farmers in Malaysia and over 4,000,000 farmers worldwide.
Palm Oil is an important commodity in the global oils and fats market and it is an essential vegetable oil for ensuring global food security. Malaysian palm oil industry’s sustainability policy and certification system ensure the production and the availability of high-quality palm oil in the global market.