Palm Oil Awareness Campaign in Kolkata by Malaysian Palm Oil Council ( MPOC )

Hello Readers! I’m back with yet another interesting post. I know most of you consider Palm Oil to be harmful for consumption. This time I’m going to make you aware of the benefits of using palm oil. Malaysian Palm Oil Council ( MPOC ) had recently organised a campaign in Kolkata, celebrating their 100th anniversary, by inviting bloggers over a fun-filled Food Hunt contest. I, too, was invited to be a part of the bloggers meet.

Bhavna Shah briefing the bloggers

It was a Sunday morning when all the bloggers had assembled at Barbeque Nation, Park Street. MPOC‘s campaign started with a briefing session by Bhavna Shah, where she made us aware of the positive side of Palm Oil. The CEO of MPOC, Dr Kalyana Sundaram, wants us to use Palm Oil because of its immense 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 is Nature’s Gift to Malaysia, and Malaysia’s to the World.

Palm Oil is semi-solid at room temperature; a characteristic brought about by its approx. 50 percent saturation level. Palm Oil (and its products) has good resistance to oxidation and heat at prolonged elevated temperatures; hence, making palm oil an ideal ingredient in frying oilblends. Manufacturers and end-users around the world incorporate high percentages of palm oil in their frying oil blends for both performance and economic reasons.

In fact, in many instances, Palm Oil has been used as 100 percent replacement for traditional hydrogenated seed oils such as soybean oil and canola. Products fried in Palm Oil include potato chips, frenchfries, doughnuts, ramen noodles and nuts. For more details on the benefits of Palm Oil, click on this link.

The rush to Mocambo and the quiz contest

The briefing session was interesting and interactive which was followed by a series of games. We, the bloggers, were divided into five groups of seven members each. We were given clue card which led us to a restaurant nearby. Our first clue led us to Mocambo. The Sunday morning witnessed the bloggers running on the streets, heading to their destination. On reaching Mocambo, we were handed a set of MCQs which were based on Palm Oil. On submitting the question paper, the second clue card was handed to us.

Blind food tasting

The second clue card led us to Oasis. The game held there was appreciated by all. We were blindfolded and had to taste a particular dish in that situation and identify its ingredients. As a foodie, it was a big challenge for me. Luckily I found most of my answers correct after the actual ingredients were brought before us.

Salad making and the judgement in process

The next clue card led us to Trincas where a salad making contest was held. The salads were judged by Bhavna Shah and the chef of the restaurant. My group prepared the salad within the shortest time span and we were the first to reach the initial destination – Barbeque Nation.

The dart game

The final contest held there was the game changer. It was a dart game where each member of each team was given a chance. In the dart game, we witnessed some funny and some marvellous throws.

Group picture. Winners. Gifts!

Before the calculation of the final score, all the groups took pictures using several props. It was time for the results and I was thrilled to know that my group was the winner. All seven of us were rewarded with amazing gifts from MPOC. The session ended with lunch buffet at Barbeque Nation.

Overall, the campaign in Kolkata organised by MPOC was a successful one. I’m sure you’ve enjoyed reading the benefits of palm oil and the interesting games which MPOC engaged us into ! Stay tuned for my next post.


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