What's so wrong with palm oil, from the palm trees that bear fruit, not coconuts?
Well, if you listen to environmentalists and animal-rights advocates along with nutrition and health experts, they'll tell you it's something close to poison.
Once the United States and other Western countries began condemning and banning trans-fat oils a few years ago, palm oil became a popular substitute. You can find it in shampoo, lipstick, soap and a host of snack and other foods, including some ketchups, margarine, chewing gum, candy bars and cooking oil.
Oil-palm trees, as they're called, are grown primarily in Indonesia and Malaysia, and that's where the problems...