Some activities and foods may benefit your health much more than you realize. Registered dietitian nutritionist Felicia Stoler discussed this concept when she was a guest on the Marybeth Conley Show. We were elated that she included Malaysian sustainable palm oil in the discussion. Stoler is a fan of palm oil’s vitamins and balanced fatty acid composition. These hidden health boosters help keep our bodies in tip-top shape.

You may not appreciate the advantages gardening offers. The fresh air and physical activity are as beneficial as growing your own wholesome food. “Plant foods to eat over the summer,” advised Stoler. “Then you don’t have to worry that you can’t get to the store, because you’ll have (fresh fruits and vegetables) right in your own backyard.”

Stoler’s attention then turned to Malaysian palm oil. “It’s found in a lot of foods,” said Stoler who added that many people still aren’t familiar with this ingredient derived from the palm fruit. Food producers often choose Malaysian palm oil for its creamy texture. “It’s used in a lot of chocolate products,” she said. Because it is naturally trans fat free, palm oil is used as a substitute for hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Unlike other oils, red palm oil is rich with nutrients. “It has tocotrienols, which are a very potent form of vitamin E. It also has beta carotene,” said Stoler. “And it has the right amount of polyunsaturated to saturated fat that is beneficial to heart health. It is one of the key oils used in the Smart Balance blends. Many people don’t realize that.”

She added that the latest Dietary Guidelines address food sustainability. “Palm oil can be very controversial, but in the country of Malaysia it is grown and manufactured in a very sustainable way.” Stoler acknowledged that other countries may do things differently. Most of the United States’ palm oil originates in Malaysia. “It is not a GMO plant and can be grown in a sustainable manner. It is very popular outside of the U.S,” she added.

Stoler stressed that a food’s nutrient content should not be discounted. Vitamin A, for example, is important for eye health. “People really have issues with blindness in other parts of the world,” she said. “We take so much for granted here in the U.S.”  

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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