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McDonald’s, Pepsi, Nestle, Other Major Brands Implicated in Illegal Destruction of Critical Elephant Habitat

In a shocking report on rainforest destruction, major brand food and drink companies have been linked to a rogue palm oil company that is responsible for clearing forests despite a government moratorium against it. As reported by Salon, McDonalds, PepsiCo, Nestle, Unilever and Procter and Gamble all share responsibility for this devastation — which is destroying elephant, tiger and orangutan habitat — through their supplier, Wilmar.

Refined palm oil is just one ingredient in many processed foods and drinks. Palm oil is predominantly harvested from the forests of Malaysia and Indonesia, and there’s no question that the destruction of animal habitats is horrific as irresponsible companies continue to rape and pillage these forests. But refined palm oil also has negative human health effects.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that chemical contaminants that result from refining vegetable oils (including palm oil), which are full of trans fats, and may increase your risk of cancer. There's also the issue of glyphosate contamination and genetic engineering that make vegetable oils of today even more hazardous than the earlier varieties.

While there are benefits to unrefined palm oil, which is high in healthy saturated fats and contains a number of nutrients important to your health, the best thing to do is avoid processed foods and drinks, and especially trans fats of all kinds and replace them with healthy saturated fats such as olive oil and coconut oil, butter from organic milk, lard and tallow, ghee and animal-based omega-3 fats such as krill oil.
 
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