This post was originally published on October 26, 2016 and updated on July 2, 2020

MEDIA BUZZ: The tide is turning on the low-fat/no-fat fad. Media outlets across the country are asking smart questions about the need for healthy fats in our everyday diet. Registered dietitian nutritionist Felicia Stoler recently spoke with radio stations in Oregon and Minnesota to explain why fear of fat is outdated, and why we should embrace good-for-you fats.

Stoler appeared on KUIK, a Portland, Oregon radio station. Her host wanted to know what exactly a better-for-you fat is. “We know, for example, that olive oil is a great fat,” Stoler said. “However, we need a variety of fatty acids, so there are other oils we should be having.” She specifically mentioned red Malaysian palm oil. “Trans fats are being removed from food supplies, and what has been replacing trans fats in a lot of foods is Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil.”

Stoler also mentioned that healthy fat sources such as Malaysian palm oil are sustainably grown. The host loved how this connected with the value of sustainable foods in Portland. Stoler agreed.  “I know that sustainability is a big issue in different types of foods, but I want people to know that some places are being responsible,” she said. “I’ve been to Malaysia, and I’ve seen it with my own two eyes.”

Minneapolis’ WCCO radio also wanted to talk to Stoler about the reacceptance of fats. The host wanted to set the record straight on fats following changes to food labeling. “We need essential fatty acids,” Stoler told listeners. She again brought up Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil as an example. “I can tell you with palm oil … they are looking at the tocotrienols being neuro-protective in case of stroke. What we do know is that the beta-carotene that’s in there, that gives it a beautiful red color, happens to be cardio-protective too.” The radio host loved the information and how listeners can benefit from such a simple diet adjustment.

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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.