During an interview with WCBS Newsradio 880, registered dietitian Felicia Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, FACSM dispelled myths about cholesterol. The exercise physiologist and author of Living Skinny in Fat Genes told New York radio listeners that cholesterol is naturally manufactured by human and animal bodies alike. Problems occur, Stoler explained, when too much bad (LDL) cholesterol builds up in our bodies. However, avoiding fat is not the solution. The right fats are an important part of a healthy diet. They aid in digestion, allowing our body to absorb certain nutrients, and hormone regulation. Stoler suggested daily exercise, along with a low-fat, high-fiber diet for those struggling with their cholesterol levels.
Stoler also advised listeners to choose the fats and oils in their diets more carefully. She highly recommended Malaysian palm fruit oil, whose health benefits overshadow even those of coconut oil. Palm fruit oil contains a balance of saturated and monounsaturated fats that help maintain cholesterol levels and is loaded with beta carotenes and potent tocotrienols. Recent research is seeking to understand the connection between these powerful antioxidants and a myriad of health benefits. Studies suggest that these nutrients may lower the risk of UV damage, aid in recovery from stroke, and help the fight against breast cancer. Malaysian palm fruit oil is already incorporated into many common products, including Nutella and Smart Balance.
Felicia Stoler is a member of Media Relations Inc.’s panel of highly respected third-party experts. She is compensated to express her own professional opinions, through the media, about certain products.