Palm Oil Bonanza

As the obesity crisis expands worldwide, palm oil—which contains 50% saturated fat—is leading the charge of unhealthy, cheap calories in developing countries.
 
Palm oil production grew more than 12X globally from 1980-2015. The same way corn overproduction gave way to ubiquitous high-fructose corn syrup, the “palm oil bonanza” is injecting innumerable calories into food systems—and building a public health crisis to match, writes Jocelyn C. Zuckerman. 
 
In India, the top palm oil importer, the prospect of regulation has brought fierce opposition from food industry giants like PepsiCo, which barely uses palm oil in the US, but relies on it in Asia.
 
The Nation

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