GAR steps up awareness effort for health benefits of palm oil

17 March 2021 | News

Palm oil remains free from genetic modification – a non-GMO oil Image source: PR Newswire Image source: PR Newswire

Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), one of the world's largest palm oil-based agribusinesses based in Singapore, has stepped up efforts to dispel misperceptions while raising awareness about the multiple health benefits of the world's most widely used edible oil.

In fact, depending on the degree of refining, palm oil is the richest source of Beta-carotene, a natural source of Pro-Vitamin A. It is also a great source of tocotrienols (Vitamin E).

 Eliminating trans fats entirely from the food supply

The fear of the increased risk of heart diseases is driving global health regulators to ban trans fats, which can be found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. The US Federal Drug Administration and the WHO plan to eliminate industrial trans fats by 2020 and 2023, respectively.

F&B conglomerates have turned to natural palm oil, due it being naturally free from industrial trans fatty acids and not needing to undergo hydrogenation to be modified, unlike sunflower, rapeseed, and soybean oils. Among the four major commodity oils, palm oil remains free from genetic modification – a non-GMO oil.

Innovating to adapt to customer needs

At GAR's R&D centre in Marunda, Jakarta, food technologists develop margarines with different flavor profiles, shortening with special whipping capabilities, or unique specialty ice-cream coatings.

 

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