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February 2005 Issue

To Cut Trans, Foods Sub Palm Oil For Hydrogenated Oils:
Is This Wise?

Q. I’ve noticed that some foods claiming “zero trans” now have palm oil as an ingredient. Isn’t this just as bad? A. Not necessarily. Yes, companies are getting rid of trans fats in their products by using ingredients like palm oil, which is high in saturated fats. But it may be the lesser of the two evils.

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