Shout out: narhvalur
(These are orphaned orangutans rescued from palm oil plantations (partially funded by donations to Orangutan Outreach at redapes.org) who are now being nursed back to health, trained and rehabilitated for a return to safely protected forests.)
The law of unintended consequences strikes again (a la Dr. Oz). The FDA, in a move designed to curtail heart disease (in humans), has proposed a rulemaking that will ban trans fats in foods — at the expense of other species. Although it gets a bit technical, trans fats come from hydrogenated vegetable oils, which means these liquid vegetable oils are converted into a solid that helps extend the efficacy and shelf life of processed food, like frozen pizzas, etc.
What’s a good substitute, though? “Palm kernel oil, which is solid at room temperature and has become a popular substitute for trans fats, might work in some cases but some products might have to be dropped,”…
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