Avoiding Palm Oil

August 5, 2015

For those who don’t know the growing of Palm Oil is threatening our rainforests, it’s inhabitants and having a devastating effect on climate change, which of course threatens our children’s future too. Vast swaths of rainforest have been felled to feed our insatiable appetite for this cheap bulking agent.

There have been calls for companies to source sustainably grown palm oil and it’s starting to have some effect but it’s a slow process and until they get their act together i am boycotting palm oil that isn’t certified as having being grown sustainably.

Of course some manufacturers don’t make it easy for us to avoid products with unsustainable palm oil in them. It’s in everything and to make the challenge even harder, it’s not always labelled as ‘palm oil’. Here is a handy printable pocket-sized Palm oil in Disguise guide to  that you can use to find all of the names that palm oil might be labelled under. The Rainforest Foundation has also produced a Palm Oil Guide

To be honest I’ve just had to stop buying some processed food, like non-Irish crisps, full-stop because 9 times out of 10 it has palm oil in it. Thankfully a lot of Irish made products don’t use palm oil so it’s not impossible to avoid completely in this country. Also because it’s mostly used in processed food, avoiding them completely can make your diet healthier so it’s a win, win.

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