Environmentally-friendly palm oil alternative

Two Canadian food scientists created a replacement for palm oil by replicating how the body creates triglycerides. The replacement also shares the key advantage of palm oil: its ability to hold liquid vegetable fats in a solid form at room temperature.

This development would allow food manufacturers to avoid destructive oil palm plantations while still keeping prices low.  The process could utilize most vegetable oils, such as cottonseed or peanut oil, which contain fewer saturated fats and are associated with less health risks..

The final product could be used in a variety of pre-prepared foods like peanut butters, cookies and pizza crust, as well as in cosmetics and even toothpaste.

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