I Was Wrong To Recommend This Yesterday...

Oooh, I got slapped on the hand for something I wrote yesterday.  Figuratively speaking, I mean.

I recommended palm oil as a safe oil to cook with.

Which it is.

But it's terrible for the environment.

I included it in the email because some of my readers live outside the US and can't get the stuff we can so easily. 

No Trader Joe's.  No Whole Foods. :(

So, here's why palm oil is a no-no.

Palm oil cultivation is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, air pollution, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of palm oil plantations. 

According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area equal to the size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production, endangering many plant and animal species, including orangutans, tigers, rhinos, and elephants.

Even if you're not eating palm oil straight out of the jar, it's used in a wide variety of products because of its versatility.  Stuff like baked goods, confectionery, shampoo, cosmetics, cleaning agents, washing detergents and toothpaste. In fact, more than half of all packaged products in the US have palm oil. 

Many products that use palm oil aren't clearly labeled. Palm oil and its derivatives can appear under many names, including:

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, Hyrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol

The good news is that palm oil can be produced responsibly.  The RSPO label ensures that the palm oil was produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

So read labels and vote with your pocketbook for more sustainable products.

Class dismissed.

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