Malaysia trans fat “tak boleh”!February 10, 2007
Our brothers in Malaysia have just launched a “No trans” campaign at www.notrans-org.my. Let’s wish them all the best and explore how we can work together to create a “trans fat free” zone in Asean.
I just received an email from one of their members and visited their website. And it seems to me that the campaign there is getting considerable official support.
For a start, the website is sponsored by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board. The two palm oil organisations obviously have vested interests in supporting a campaign against trans fats, but that’s fine since palm oil is a healthy, traditional oil
Palm oil had been much maligned by their rivals in the American corn and soy – and hydrogenated – oils industries for the past 20 years or so, until the average consumer views palm oil as “bad”.
But if you do your research, for example by reading some of the articles by Dr Mary Enig at the Weston Price Foundation website, you will realise that palm oil – and other tropical oils like coconut – are actually healthy.
The email I received also tells me that they plan to have an official launch the No Trans campaign in Malaysia with the “World Health Organisation, related field doctors and professors, NoTrans members, the mass media, and so on.”
Plus, they are planning an International No Trans Fat Symposium in Malaysia.
So things are happening right here in this corner of the world. Once again, let’s wish our Malaysian friends many successes.