Anyone who knows me, knows that my go-to cooking oils are olive oil and coconut oil. I’ve also experimented with walnut, avocado, and pecan oil. I have been invited by Moms Meet to review Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil. An oil that I had yet to try. Upon research, I surprisingly found out that palm oil is estimated to be in half of our packaged foods. Wow! I had to learn more. Here’s what I found out.
Where Does Palm Oil Come From?
Palm Oil comes from a fruit produced from a special species of palm tree grown in tropical climates around the world. Huge bunches of these fruitlets are handpicked and processed in a similar way used for olive oil production. Palm oil is released when these fruitlets are squeezed.
Sustainable & Environment-Friendly
35% of the world’s palm oil is produced in Malaysia. Malaysia was the first country to produce sustainable oil. They have strengthened its sustainability commitment with its nationwide Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification program. Malaysia strives to bring to light issues in the palm oil industry, including deforestation and workers’ rights. In Malaysia, oil palm is exclusively planted on designated legal agriculture land. 40% of Malaysian oil palm planted lands are tended by family farmers. The productive lifespan of oil palm ranges between 25-30 years, making it more environmentally efficient compared to annual oilseed crops.
10 Reasons to Switch Your Cooking Oil to Malaysian Palm Oil
- Non GMO
- Stable at high temperatures.
- Resistant to oxidation.
- Retains the flavor of the food.
- Less oil absorption in food.
- Balanced fatty acid content.
- Long shelf life.
- Nutritionally balanced.
- 100% trans-fat free.
- Produces less volatile compounds.
10 Reasons Why Palm Oil is Nutritionally Good For You
- Cholesterol free.
- Balanced fatty acid profile.
- Free of trans fats.
- Helps raise beneficial HDL-cholesterol.
- Easily digested and an excellent source of energy.
- Sufficient source of essential linoleic acid.
- Neutral effect on blood cholesterol.
- Antioxidants in palm oil have anti-cancer properties.
- Rich source of carotenoids.
- Antioxidants in palm oil shows potential to help prevent strokes.
After learning about all of these amazing benefits of using Malaysian Palm Oil, I was very excited to try it out! My Mom’s Meet blogger kit included a bottle of Malaysian Palm Oil, popcorn, and a beautiful cookbook entitled, Back to Basics.
I was excited to also get a recipe on how to make popcorn the Malaysian way! Because palm oil can stand up to high heat without breaking down into risky aldehydes, it makes it the perfect oil for making popcorn. Palm oil’s smoke is 455 degrees Fahrenheit, while coconut oil begins degrading at 350 degrees and olive oil at 350 degrees. Now who’s ready for some Malaysian-style Popcorn?? Mines was delicious! I’ve included the recipe so you can check it out!
For the best popcorn ever, you’ll need:
A large capacity pot (6 quarts)
3 Tbsp Malaysian sustainable palm oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1. Add the oil to the pan, along with 3 kernels. Cover and heat over medium high heat until kernels pop. Then remove the pot from heat, remove the popped corn and add the remaining kernels.
2. Cover the pan, give it a shake and let it sit off the heat for 30 seconds to 3 minutes.
3. Put the pot back on the stove over medium-high heat with the lid slightly askew so steam can escape. Give the pot a few shakes. Once popping begins, the corn will pop very quickly.
4. When the popping has slowed down, immediately pour into a large bowl. Toss with your favorite seasonings and serve.
For more information Malaysian Palm Oil visit http://www.palmoilhealth.org.
I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided.