Red Palm oil does keep the doctor away

(New Straits Times)

June 11,2009

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We like to think that all fats are bad.

But Carotino Sdn Bhd executive director U.R. Unnithan will tell you that a tablespoon of red palm oil a day helps keep the doctor away.

Highlighting several scientific studies which shows that red palm oil is packed with nutrients, he said that in the past 30 years, doctors had painstakingly studied red palm oil's effect on cardiovascular health.

The results surprised researchers. Although high in saturated fat, red palm oil actually protects one against heart attack and stroke.

In these studies, doctors found that adding red palm oil into a person's diet can remove plaque build-up in arteries and, therefore, reverse the process of atherosclerosis.
"Red palm oil basically helps the consumer maintain proper blood pressure and improve on his cholesterol ratio. The high antioxidant content in red palm oil quenches free radicals and keeps inflammation under control," said Unnithan.

He said essentially, red palm oil contained more nutrients than any other dietary oil. Apart from beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and lycopene, it contains at least the full spectrum of Vitamin E, Vitamin K, co-enzyme Q10, squalene, phytosterols, flavonoids, phenolic acids and glycolipids.

Red palm oil can also withstand extreme deep fry heat better than other vegetable oils like olive, soy, corn, canola and sunflower. When heated, red palm margarine and oil do not lose its valuable phytonutrients.

"This is one of the reasons Kings Confectionery and Mamee snacks use our red palm margarine and oil."

Red palm oil is considered healthier than ordinary cooking oil because it is packed with carotenes such as beta-carotene and lycopene -- the same nutrients that give tomatoes, carrots and papaya their reddish-orange colour.

It is also the richest natural source of the potent form of Vitamin E called tocotrienols.

"Olive oil does not contain any carotenes or tocotrienols, yet it is cleverly marketed as being healthy for the heart. It is time for Malaysia to step up in marketing red palm oil."

Having just returned from a business trip to Tokyo, Unnithan said many health-conscious young adults in Japan chose to have more salad and fruits in their meals.

Malaysia benefits from this trend because Carotino red palm oil is increasingly being offered as part of the range of salad dressing that is healthy and tasty.

"We hope this healthy trend in Japan influences restaurateurs in Malaysia to offer Carotino salad dressing, along with olive oil, sour cream and thousand island. You get your daily dose of essential nutrients from just one tablespoon of red palm oil."