Red Palm Oil Health Benefits and Vegan Buttery Popcorn

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Have you heard about the red palm oil health benefits before?  If you’re like me, you probably switch between two or three different types of oil depending on what you’re cooking. I have one for high temperature and one for low temperature and one for baking. I see different options in the grocery store but I don’t pay a lot of attention to them. But, I recently had the chance to learn more about Malaysian red palm oil and wanted to share my thoughts. I received this product for free from Moms Meet to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

Red Palm Oil Health Benefits and Vegan Buttery Popcorn

Red Palm Oil Health Benefits

Palm oil is a natural substitute for partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats). It’s loaded with vitamin E tocotri9enols which is a super potent antioxidant. Red palm fruit oil has even more carotene than tomatoes or carrots which is pretty amazing. Of course, not all palm oil is created equally.

Some palm oil manufacturers care more about profit than about our planet. BUT, Malaysia is a responsible palm oil producer. Much of the palm oil in the United States is sourced from Malaysia. And, now it is strengthening its commitment by implementing a nationwide Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil certification program.

red palm oil and popcorn

Malaysian Sustainable Palm oil is a common ingredient in many healthy foods, including better-for-you nutrition bars and heart-healthy spreads. Palm oil is non-GMO and naturally free of trans-fatty acids. Red palm oil is loaded with carotenoids and potent phytonutrients also found in squash, carrots, oranges, and apricots.

red palm oil and popcorn in a measuring cup

I also learned that it makes the most amazing popcorn that tastes buttery. This is awesome for our friends that are vegan or anyone who wants a healthier popcorn with the same yummy buttery taste.

red palm oil in a pan

As a note, red palm oil may appear solid or liquid depending on the temperature of your home.

Vegan Buttery Popcorn Recipe

Yields 6 cups

Vegan Buttery Popcorn

You are going to love this vegan buttery popcorn made with Malaysian red palm oil.

2 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

12 minTotal Time

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5 based on 2 review(s)


  • 3 tbsp Malaysian red palm oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernals
  • sea salt to taste


  1. Add the Malaysian red palm oil to a large pan with a tight fitting lid.
  2. Add the popcorn.
  3. Heat over medium high heat until the kernals start popping.
  4. Shake vigorously until they are all popped.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and add sea salt to taste.



376 cal


41 g


3 g


1 g
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I had my husband sample some of this popcorn to see what he thought. He’s about as far from a vegan as you can conceivably get and he absolutely loved it and agreed it really does taste buttery. For those that are looking for a healthier alternative for their popcorn (or other foods), I’d encourage you to try Malaysian red palm oil.

Fun Fact: Did you know that three cups of popcorn contain as much fiber as a half cup of sliced carrots or one medium peach? Air popped popcorn contains 30 calories per cup. Oil-popped popcorn has 35 calories per cup. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather than 3 cups of popcorn than a cup of carrots.

Learn more today. And, make sure that you look for certified sustainable Malaysian palm oil on the ingredients list the next time you shop. I cannot wait to try it in my next stir fry.

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  1. I've only seen Red Palm Oil in capsules so will have to try this. I still have a lot of olive oil to use up before I get it though. I bet it would taste great on my popcorn, which I usually eat plain, air-popped. Buttery kale chips sound good too! Great to hear it has lots of vitamin E and carotene.
    • Ellen Christian says
      I really love it on my popcorn, Deb. I was totally surprised at how much it really tastes like "butter" when you add it to the popcorn! I cannot wait to try it in other things.
  2. My hackles were up until I saw the words sustainable. The orangutans are being starved and ran from their land for palm oil. It has many health benifits and is great as long as it comes from a respected source

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