Media Buzz: Listeners of the national program Mom Talk Radio learned how embracing better-for-you fats such as those found in avocados, nuts and Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil can help you spring clean your diet. Author, health and wellness expert, and registered dietitian nutritionist Felicia Stoler helped listeners kick off the spring cleaning process with a discussion about healthy fats.

Stoler explained to host Maria Bailey, “Looking at different oils that people can use over the summer, I know a lot of times people like to use olive oil for everything. Olive oil just has monounsaturated fatty acids. We need to have polyunsaturated fatty acids, too and something I’m a huge fan of is sustainable Malaysian palm fruit oil. It’s grown certified sustainable.” Stoler adds, “It’s used in a lot of products to replace trans fats. It’s naturally trans fat- and GMO-free.”

Palm oil is cardio-protective and neuro-protective because it contains tocotrienols, which are very potent forms of vitamin E. The bright orange color of red palm oil comes from beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A, a contributor to healthy skin, mucus membranes, immune system, and eye health and vision.

Stoler notes, “Yes, it has saturated fats but the plant-derived saturated fats are a bit easier for our bodies to handle.” Healthy fats, like those found in Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil, can replace some animal-based fats in your diet.

You may already be enjoying the benefits of Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil. Palm oil is found in many popular products, including Smart Balance spread, as well as some brands of microwave popcorn and ramen noodles.

Palm oil is grown sustainably in Malaysia, where the industry is highly regulated. This means that not only is Malaysian certified sustainable palm good for you, it is also good for the environment.

Look for palm oil on the ingredient labels of your favorite products, and know that when you see it listed, you are getting a healthy fat. Incorporating hunger-satisfying good fats may make it easier to stick with your spring diet goals, and will help you get additional benefits by providing necessary nutrients and fatty acids.

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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