Strangely enough, for a food that most of us will never have intentionally bought, palm oil is one of the most regularly consumed products in this country. How so? Palm oil is a common ingredient in many processed foods and, due to this, has become the most widely eaten vegetable oil on the planet.
Sadly, the uncontrolled expansion of palm oil plantations due to high demand is threatening great swathes of ancient rainforest, and the wildlife that lives there.
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Tip 1: Where to start looking for palm oil
Palm oil crops up in all kinds of unlikely places, so do check labels on processed products before buying, however the usual suspects include pizzas, bakery products, biscuits and cookies, ice cream and margarine.
Tip 2: Palm oil goes by many names
It’s rare to see plain old "Palm oil” listed as an ingredient on a food product. Instead, look for: Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmolein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Elaeis Guineensis, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hydrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate or Palmityl Alcohol.
Tip 3: Pick palm-oil-free or sustainably grown palm oil products
Once these were more likely to be found in your local health food or zero waste shop than in supermarket aisles, yet increasing numbers of ethically-minded companies are either removing palm oil from their recipes and formulations or switching to sustainable sources of palm oil. Do give them your business!