MEDIA BUZZ: Good fats, such non-GMO Malaysian sustainable palm oil, are essential nutrients in your diet. That was what dietitian nutritionist Felicia Stoler told 17 million moms across the country during her interview on Working Mother Radio. She explained that consuming fatty acids is crucial for proper body function, just as she did in another appearance in San Antonio. Stoler also told this national audience that fatty acids carry important fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E and K. “If they’re not catching a ride on a fatty acid molecule, they’re not getting in your body,” she said.

She referenced Smart Balance peanut butter as a smart choice for moms and kids. “What I love about this is it has Malaysian sustainable palm oil in there,” Stoler said. “What’s really cool about Malaysian palm oil is that is has been a replacement for trans fats in a lot of processed foods and packaged foods.” Palm oil is naturally trans fat-free.

Stoler also mentioned palm oil’s tocotrienol and carotenoid abundance. “Don’t shy away from that,” she advised. Malaysian red palm oil, which is the most widely produced edible oil in the world, contains more carotenes than tomatoes or carrots

Stoler explained why we should avoid eating foods that contain trans fats, and why some saturated fats such as palm oil are okay to eat: “We know that trans fats cannot be broken down because they’re man-made. The body can break down things Mother Nature put into it. Trans fat was highly stable, so it was used a lot in packaged foods and anything that was processed. But where are the saturated fats in the diet? If you’re having whole milk, there’s fat in there. It’s also in all the tropical oils such as palm oil. As researchers continue to delve into it, we found that you can have saturated fat, specifically from plants.”

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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