The First Strike energy bar was packed with trans fat for years.  We pressured Natick to remove it. They did.  But they botched the operation.  They cut corners and replaced the trans fat with cheap, unhealthy palm kernel oil. 

“Unlike palm oil, palm kernel oil can't be obtained organically. Instead, the oil must be extracted from the pit with a gasoline-like hydrocarbon solvent. In short, palm kernel oil is a cheap, unhealthy fat, and I recommend avoiding food products containing it.”

- Dr. Weil

The ingredients list, below, is from the MRE 25 specifications for 2015.  The MRE menu is designed by Natick Combat Feeding, ACES, and DLA Troop Support Subsistence.