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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?


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 - 11:50am

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 - 5:38pm

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 - 4:22pm

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 - 5:37pm

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 - 1:08pm

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