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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?


YES, I avoid all foods that contain palm oil! I am disgusted by the fact that even though 80% of the rain forest of Borneo has been cut down to make the notorious oil palm plantations, it is still in 50% of ALL PACKAGED GOODS! At the current rate of destruction, all of the rain forest will be COMPLETELY GONE in ONE DECADE!!! DO THE WORLD A FAVOR AND CUT PALM OIL OUT OF YOUR LIFE!!!

- 2 years without palm oil, 12 years


12/20/2014 - 2:08pm

Hell, is there any such thing as bread without palm oil in it? I checked about 12 different brands at the local supermarket and they all contain this hideous ingredient.


10/26/2014 - 6:37pm

To find this out, makes me mad that I didn't know this, and all along I have been eating "100% natural" peanut butter. Not in large amounts, but today I saw the "fractioned palm oil" in the list of ingredients, and was curious whether it was hiding something. And it turns out it was. PETERPAN BRAND SUCKS!


08/11/2014 - 5:22pm

Research is confirming the Saturated fats are to be included in a heart healthy diet. All that avoiding saturated fats b./c of the link to heart disease is bad science. Look to Dr. Stephan Sinantra or Mary Enig for the latest news on fats. Good news is they took out the trans fats. What would you put in its place?


06/11/2014 - 6:38pm

Gretel, thank you for this article. Just happened to look at the list of ingredients on my so-called "health food bar" and noticed it had fractionated palm kernel oil. Got to thinking, what the heck is that and why does it have the fractionated before it? Needless to say, I'm very disappointed that a bar touting itself as healthy would have this in it.


05/28/2014 - 12:50pm

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.


03/26/2014 - 2:00pm

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


03/17/2014 - 9:58pm

Packaged foods


03/14/2014 - 11:04pm

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.


03/01/2014 - 4:24am

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.


02/19/2014 - 11:15am

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