Palm oil products are bad for both our health and the environment. They've been linked to massive deforestation in the tropical ecosystems where oil palms grow, and they're also very high in saturated fat. Palm shortening (which is made from palm oil) has 35% saturated fat content, says Catriona Liddle, head of the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Liddle and her co-researcher and co-inventor, Julien Lonchamp, reader in Food Science at Q…

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