Last Sunday saw a huge bunch of food bloggers enthusiastically running around the streets of Park Street. Why the sudden burst of energy on an otherwise lazy Sunday, one may ask? Malaysian Palm Oil Council had organised a fun Blogger’s Meet complete with a Food Hunt in the City of Joy. The main purpose of the meet was to create an awareness about the benefits of Palm Oil which is nothing less than a gift to the world.
What is MPOC?
MPOC, Malaysian Palm Oil Council is a non-profit organisation with a mission to promote the market expansion of Malaysian palm oil and its products by enhancing the image of palm oil and creating better acceptance of palm oil through awareness of various technological and economic advantages (techno-economic advantages) and environmental sustainability.
Palm Oil and it’s Benefits:
Palm oil is derived from the flesh of the fruit of the oil palm species E. Guineensis. In its virgin form, the oil is bright orange-red due to the high content of carotene.
Palm oil, being a vegetable oils, is cholesterol-free. Palm oil has a balanced ratio of unsaturated and saturated fatty acids. It contains 40% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acid), 10% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acid ), 45% palmitic acid and 5% stearic acid (saturated fatty acid). This composition results in an edible oil that is suitable for use in a variety of food applications.
Health benefits of Palm Oil include a reduced risk of a variety of diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Arterial thrombosis, Atherosclerosis, Cancer, Cataracts, Cognitive impairment, Macular degeneration, Platelet aggregation (blood clotting), Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol levels), Hypertension (high blood pressure), Vitamin A deficiency.
Palm Oil contains beta carotene which is beneficial for improving energy levels and vision.
Tocopherols in palm oil are a natural source of antioxidants and help prevent cancer.
MPOC Food Hunt:
The fun morning started with a talk on the benefits of Palm Oil by Bhavna Shah followed by a Treasure Hunt where the bloggers were divided into groups following clues that led us to the different restaurants in Park Street. Each restaurant hosted a specific game, one being guessing the ingredients of a dish which we tasted with a blindfold and another being tossing up a salad. The event ended with a dart competition and a grand lunch at Barbecque Nation, Park Street.
The Sunday morning had us all enlightened about Palm Oil and I do intend to include a lot of it in my regular diet.