If you want to drop those five to seven pounds you may have gained over the winter, you should do more than just restrict your calories. When registered dietitian nutritionist Felicia Stoler appeared on Baltimore’s Fox News, she advised viewers to include nutrient-dense foods in their spring diet plans. Healthy foods give your body the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to thrive. We were overjoyed that Stoler included Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil in her list of better-for-you foods. Unlike other common cooking oils, palm oil is loaded with health-promoting nutrients.

It’s essential to rethink your diet if you’re looking to shed weight. “It’s really about energy balance,” explained Stoler. “Energy in – the food we put in – versus energy out.” If you consume more calories than you expend in a day, you will gain weight.

Stoler, however, asked viewers to think beyond this simple equation. “It’s the types of calories,” she said, reminding people to consider a food’s nutritional profile. “We can have foods that have calories but no other value – no vitamins or minerals, nothing that is going to help with heart disease or help fight cancer – or we can put better ingredients in us.”

She included Malaysian sustainable palm oil in her list of nutrient-dense foods. “What’s nice about it is, unlike other oils, this one has antioxidants,” she said, pointing to a bottle of Carotino palm fruit oil. “You can see from the rich orange color that it has beta carotene. It also has tocotrienols in it.” Tocotrienols are members of the vitamin E family. Palm oil is the richest source of natural tocotrienols. Soybean, canola and sunflower oils do not contain this powerful antioxidant.

Many food manufacturers now use Malaysian sustainable palm oil in their products. Stoler explained that palm oil is a natural and healthy trans fat replacement. The FDA has asked food producers to remove trans fats from the food supply by June 2018. Malaysian sustainable palm oil is also included in many better-for-you foods such as Luna bars and Smart Balance spreads.

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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