How to identify palm oil in the products you buy?
Palm oil can be found in nearly 50% of the packaged goods we eat from cookies, peanut butter, breakfast cereal to cleaning products, laundry detergent, lipstick, and body lotion.
However, you won’t always find the words “palm oil” in the ingredients. Palm oil or its derivatives can be hidden under many different terms.
To make things even more confusing, ingredients like “vegetable oil,” are likely to contain palm oil, although it’s not always the case.
Why is it important to avoid palm oil?
Palm oil is NOT bad in itself, but because it is used in so many products, the demand is huge and it drives deforestation because huge areas of tropical forests and other ecosystems are being stripped to plant palms.
Look for sustainable palm oil through labels like RSPO, or simply avoid products with palm oil. There are plenty ofnother options!
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