MEDIA BUZZ Award-winning health media, Radio MD, is stepping up to help Americans who, after decades of suffering through unsatisfying fat-free foods, are eager to add healthy fats to their diet. Radio MD, which provides live and on-demand health and wellness programming, asked registered dietitian nutritionist Felicia Stoler, DCN, MS, RDN, FACSM, FAND to explain when to use Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil and the other better-for-you fats. She told listeners that palm oil is versatile as well as loaded with nutrients.

Stoler and the show’s host agreed that fats are an important part of a healthy diet. “I think it’s really important to embrace fats,” said Stoler who encouraged people to choose wholesome fat-containing foods such as avocados, nuts and fish. The former host of TLC’s Honey, We’re Killing the Kids also told listeners not to worry when they see fat on the nutrition label of a packaged food. What they should do is learn which fats are healthy and how to use them. “Not all fats are fit for every situation,” she added.

Butter is fine in moderation. Olive oil is also a healthy fat, but Stoler warned that it’s not appropriate for baked goods. Olive oil begins to break down into dangerous chemicals at 380 degrees. Coconut oil, another healthy fat, degrades at 350 degrees. “That’s why I really love using palm fruit oil, specifically sustainable Malaysian palm fruit oil,” said Stoler. Palm oil is heat-stable and performs well in temperatures in excess of 450 degrees. “It’s better on the grill than olive oil,” explained Stoler.

RadioMD is one of many media outlets tackling the subject of healthy edible oils.

    • The Los Angeles CBS station recently aired a segment on palm oil’s nutritional properties. Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil is richer in nutrients than commonly used oils such as corn, soybean and canola.
    • A Sirius Radio segment advised viewers to read packaged food labels so they know what they are consuming. “Make sure when you are getting fats, you are getting better-for-you fats,” said Stoler. Palm oil is a non-GMO tropical oil that is naturally trans fat free. This versatile oil can be found in nutritious products such as LUNA bars, premium nut butters and Smart Balance spreads.

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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.

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