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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?


Packaged foods


03/14/2014 - 10:04pm

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 - 3:24am

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 - 10:15am

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.


01/26/2014 - 5:17pm

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!!!


01/20/2014 - 9:51pm

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


12/21/2013 - 1:47pm

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.


12/19/2013 - 11:28am

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


12/17/2013 - 8:47am

Nutella, is a standard breakfast element here in Belgium. To most, they give this for breakfast with bread and orange juice on a daily basis. Why?? can't say, I am an American living here for many years and I have seen that "Nutella" is becoming more popular in the U.S., my advice is don't. I prefer to give, either cereal, fruit or even eggs and toast for breakfast. I like the idea of diversity, ok you can have Nutella every now and then. Parents need to have an open mind, our children these days need all the best nutrients they can have and most cases prefer not to give them extra 'fats' that are unhealthy. I, thank you for your review, as I have seen children here not eat anything else but... all the time, they are not great believers in cereal nor ham and eggs, so for me, having a bigger spectrum is beneficial to our children's eating habits.


12/16/2013 - 6:07pm

Saturated fat isn't the issue with Nutella -- it's the fact that the #1 ingredient is sugar and the fact that they market their product (at least in the US) as a healthy food on par with oatmeal and bananas for breakfast.


12/16/2013 - 3:55pm

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