MEDIA BUZZ: Malaysian palm oil’s sustainability is a topic of discussion in media interviews across the United States. Palm oil was the first thing Felicia Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, FACSM, was asked about when she appeared on Dallas’ KFXR. Stoler told listeners why Malaysian palm oil is a great replacement for other fats. “It’s flavor neutral, so you can swap it out for butter. You can’t always use olive oil in baking,” Stoler said, mirroring what she said during a Fox News guest appearance she made in Lexington, Kentucky.
Palm oil is also valued for its stability, making it an ideal replacement for mayo in many recipes. “I use it if I’m making a potato salad or a pasta salad that I want cold,” Stoler said. “I don’t want to deal with mayonnaise and food-borne illnesses in the summertime.”
Stoler also explained one of her favorite aspects of Malaysian sustainable palm oil: its sustainability. “The palm oil in Malaysia is grown sustainably,” she said, echoing a comment she made during a Memphis, Tennessee interview on ABC. “I went there and saw it with my own two eyes. That’s what I love about my job, is that I get to go around the world and see how our food is made. It’s really very impressive what they do there in terms of preserving forests, animals and wildlife.”
Malaysian sustainable palm oil is gaining traction because it is one of the few edible oils on our supermarket shelves that is non-GMO. “I heard some people in the airport fighting about GMOs,” Stoler told the Texas radio listeners. “I said, ‘Do you even know where your food comes from? Do you know anything about the farmers or the countries of origin or if they’re using pesticides?’ … the Malaysian palm oil industry is different. I’m a huge fan.”
This interview also appeared on Houston’s KNTH radio.