MEDIA BUZZ: News organizations, including the Cleveland Call & Post, are including Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil more often in holiday advice articles. Registered dietitian nutritionist Felicia Stoler recently penned an article for the Cleveland newspaper discussing tips for an earth-friendly Easter, one of which was choosing candy made with Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil.

Stoler has helped many media outlets educate audiences on palm oil and why it should be included in holiday preparations. Her tips (including cooking with palm oil) for a more nutritious Thanksgiving meal were published by a trio of Connecticut newspapers. Similar to her Easter candy article, Stoler also suggested palm oil-prepared candies to the Yoga Journal for its piece on eco-friendly Halloween treats.

“Much of the palm oil used in the United States is sustainably grown and produced in Malaysia, one of the world’s most eco-friendly countries,” Stoler wrote in the Cleveland Call & Post article. It’s true; Malaysia’s palm oil industry is highly regulated, adhering to more than 15 environmental laws and regulations including the Environmental Quality Act of 1974 and the Protection of Wildlife Act of 1972. Additionally, major candy manufacturers today, including Mars and Nestle, are using only Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil because of Malaysia’s progressive environmental standards.

With Memorial Day and Independence Day looming, more media outlets will likely include Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil in meal preparation tips (including those on grilling safely). As more people learn about Malaysian palm oil’s sustainability, more may use this healthy saturated fat to help them have a more environmentally responsible holiday.

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.