Bye Bye trans fats ... Hello palm oil!



Nutritionist Lisa Lynn used to struggle with her weight. She tried every diet and worked out for hours but still couldn’t drop the pounds. So, she started researching ways to boost a slow and sluggish metabolism. 

She realised that good nutrition and exercise help get the look she wanted as well as promote overall wellness. She told Baltimore’s CBS news viewers that eating healthier is simple as making a few food swaps. For example saying goodbye to trans fats and hello to Malaysian palm oil.

When she was out for breakfast before going into the TV studio, she saw a family using buttery spread made with partially hydrogenated oils. This contains harmful trans fats. 

"We need to get rid of this stuff! It’s killing our country. Swap it out with a healthier spread made with palm oil. This is nature’s gift to us," Lisa said.

She explained that palm oil is all natural and do not contain any of the artificial trans fat. Palm oil is also rich in vitamin E which supports brain health. It also helps guard against stroke damage. 

"I love to mix palm oil into my family’s brown rice or drizzle it across some baked tilapia," Lisa said.

She brought an artery model to the set to demonstrate how trans fat impacts our health. "Trans fat raises your ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and lowers your ‘good’ cholesterol. This increases your risk of heart disease and stroke," she said.

LDL is the material that helps form the cholesterol plaques which may clog our arteries. She suggested families start encouraging healthy food choices early in life. Poor lifestyle choices in childhood can actually lead to a lifetime of health concerns. 

"My suggestion is to throw out any trans fats-containing foods in your home. Read labels for healthier options, such as the all natural Malaysian palm oil," she said.