MEDIA BUZZ: This year, more news organizations than ever included Malaysian sustainable palm oil in articles encouraging “eek-o responsible” Halloween celebrations. Unlike past years, when parents were warned against buying Halloween candy containing palm oil due to environmental concerns, this year’s coverage – including this article in the Yoga Journal – often told a far different story. Non-GMO Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil is getting much-deserved recognition for being an earth-friendly candy ingredient.

In her exclusive article, registered dietitian nutritionist Felicia Stoler gave the Yoga Journal readers suggestions for better Halloween candy alternatives. She also commented about the candy industry making more environmentally conscious choices. “For example, palm oil, a common candy ingredient, used to spark concern,” she said. “It’s hard to enjoy your chocolate when it might be tied to rainforest destruction. But today, major candy  manufacturers, including Mars and Nestle, are using only certified sustainable palm oil, most of which comes from Malaysia, a world leader in progressive environmental standards.”

Does this mean that Halloween candy will one day be considered a nutritious treat? Unlikely. But as board certified nutritionist Jonny Bowden told Alabama Daily Sentinel reporter Wes Mayberry last year, “Instead of worrying about palm oil … the focus should be more on sugar consumption and discarding suspicious-looking treats.”

As more people understand the palm oil controversy, they will be able to make smarter choices to ‘green up’ the popular orange holiday.

For those interested in knowing what candy alternatives Stoler praised in her article as being more earth- and health-friendly for trick-or-treaters, here is her complete list:

  • Unreal Candy
  • CLIF ZKIDS Bars/Brownies and/or Organic Fruit Ropes
  • Yummy Earth Lollipops
  • Endangered Species Bug Bites
  • Go Organic Fruit Chews
  • Glee Glum Pops
  • Surf Sweets Fruity Bears
  • Dagoba Tasting Squares
  • Justins’ Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
  • Nib Mor Chocolate

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.

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