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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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So I suppose you are going to tell use coconut oil is unhealthy too? The only reason I avoid palm oil is reason #3.

Anonymous

12/17/2013 - 9:47am

To my knowledge I do not eat foods with palm oil but I would stop eating any food with that as an ingredient mainly because of the harm palm nurseries have on the environment.

Anonymous

12/19/2013 - 12:28pm

the problem is.. is that I cant stop eating it till the entire jar is gone!!!!!!!

Anonymous

12/21/2013 - 2:47pm

I have been boycotting all my favorite cookies and everything else that contains palm oil. This means just about all candybars, pastries and other treats. It's digusting!!!

Anonymous

01/20/2014 - 10:51pm

Palm Kernel Oil while being high in saturated fat content is composed mainly of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). These are quickly oxidized (used for fuel) in the body leading to less ability to be stored as adipose (fat) tissue. The reason they are quickly utilized and produce ketones is because they bypass the function of the lipoprotein chylomicron. This stands for all saturated fats that contain mainly MCTs. Another example would be coconut oil.

Anonymous

01/26/2014 - 6:17pm

I think I will from now. I would want to find out if there have been research studies done on harms of nutella and palm oil and the environment.

Anonymous

02/19/2014 - 11:15am

Yes we do. After having seen a documentary about it a number of years ago, we never wittingly eat anything with pal oil in. It isn't difficult, just means reading the pack (if it's honest, that is) and at least we feel we're doing something to help.

Anonymous

03/01/2014 - 4:24am

Packaged foods

Anonymous

03/14/2014 - 11:04pm

Almost everything. Popcorn, chocolate bars, gravy mix, you name it. It's in many foods.

Anonymous

03/17/2014 - 9:58pm

yes! i have recently discovered by process of elimination that foods with palm oil in really irritate my stomach, causing cramps and pain for a few hours even after one bite of a cookie. i was shocked to discover just how many foods there are that contain palm oil. most of what i have read suggests intolerance is not that common but after discovering that even polos now irritate me it turns out that they have something called'stearates' in them and they can be derived from palm oil too.

Anonymous

03/26/2014 - 2:00pm

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