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The dangerous ingredient you’re eating—and don’t even know it

By Gretel H. Schueller, December 7, 2012 - 11:12am

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Gretel asks: Do you avoid foods because they contain palm oil? Which ones?

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Your blog, is mixing a lot of information. You are confused between palm oil and palm kernel oil. Even if some facts are kind of true the reason and the "science" you talk about is a completely misunderstanding. I supose you are in the era of the "0 carbs diet" still, since the kind of things you are writting.

Anonymous

08/02/2016 - 1:21pm

I read ALL labels. High fructose corn syrup and palm oil are a deal breaker. I just put them back on the shelf.

Anonymous

07/07/2016 - 7:21pm

I certainly will be trying.

A couple of days ago I ate some candies and the next morning I woke to find the lower left quarter of my face was swollen. After a couple of loraclear tablets I checked the packet and to my horror found that the ingredients contained palm kernel oil. I would never knowingly buy anything containing palm kernel oil or palm oil and have now discovered that a lost of our food contains palm oil but it is described as vegetable oil so we never know what we are actually buying. Disgraceful.

Anonymous

04/02/2016 - 11:46pm

Yes I try to check ingredients listed, unfortunely Girl Scout cookies have changed over the years palm oil, cotton seed oil. Peanut butter, I buy Organic Santa Cruz. Some fine chocolates, Lindt, Godiva , some ice creams. Oreos, butter in fine resturants not cream, some creamers. Unfortunately consumers most never read labels, uneducated low income eat mostly processed foods, can't afford organic products. It's not better today but worse from pioneer days. It's all about profit at cost of humans health.

Anonymous

03/24/2016 - 11:40am

I ordered some dark chocolate from New Jersey, Nuts.com and was happy with the price until I read the ingrediants list. Ingreds. sugar, fractionated palm kernel oil,cocoa (processed with alkali) ,lactose, soy lecithin (an emulsifer) ,partionally hydrogenated palm oil,sorbitan tristerate and artifical flavor.

Want to buy 4 pounds of dark chocolate?

Anonymous

02/23/2016 - 5:34pm

Linda McCartneys Sausages contain "sustainable" palm oil - will never buy this product again.

Anonymous

02/12/2016 - 1:31pm

I avoid palm oil because I am allergic to it. It and coconut cause cancer sores in my mouth. I know when I have a sore in my mouth that I have slipped up and unintentionally eaten something with palm or coconut oil in it. If I can find the packaging of the food I ate three days before, sure enough the ingredients show one or the other oil in it. Sometimes the cancer sores are not bad, but I've has some instances where my whole mouth was covered in them. It is just not worth ingested palm or coconut oil. And, unfortunately, I LOVE coconut. Too bad!

J. Case

Anonymous

01/12/2016 - 10:25am

Palm kernel oil contains high amount og lauric acid not palmitic acid as mentioned in point #2

Anonymous

12/17/2015 - 4:07am

I avoid anything and everything that has PALM OIL listed in the ingredients label. It doesn't sound right to consume at all, and sadly there are a ton of things on today's grocery shelves that contain this addition. As stated in your article, sounds like shouldn't be put in your mouth at all, YUK! Thank you for posting this information, the word really needs to get spread out there on this one, so many people eating this with out even realizing, scary!

Anonymous

10/09/2015 - 12:48pm

I try to avoid any food containing palm oil but it is becoming virtually impossible. My husband bought expensive artisan sausages from our local producer who sells at the farmer's market. I checked the ingredients only to find palm oil is included! I shall be asking him about this next time he is at the market.

Anonymous

10/03/2015 - 7:17am

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