The palm oil used in our almond butter is not hydrogenated, contains zero trans fats, and is lower in saturated fat than butter. It's vegetable oil and is cholesterol-free. The palm oil we use is extracted from the palm fruit, using mechanical (not chemical) means. Trans fats have come under scrutiny from the FDA as a link to major diseases including heart disease and cancer.
Palm fruit oil is often confused with palm kernel oil. Palm kernel oil is derived from palm kernels and contains 82% saturated fat. Palm fruit oil comes from the fruit of the palm and has a nutritionally balanced profile of approximately 50% saturated and 50% unsaturated fat.