After writing my post on the importance of reducing our consumption of palm oil I had a look through my cupboards and was shocked to see just how many foods had palm oil in them. A bag of raisins? Covered in the stuff. Oatcakes? Full of oil. Crackers. Naan breads. Garlic bread. So much palm oil they’re practically dripping in the stuff.
But to be completely honest, trying to reduce our consumption of palm oil has been difficult. Really difficult. If not impossible. I think it’s easier to start slow, and replace some things as you go, rather than trying to cut it all out completely. I’m not sure if we’d eat and clean and wash otherwise. It’s not helped when you email companies to ask if any/which of their products are palm oil free and weeks later you still haven’t had a response (hello Lush and Little Me Organics).
I have had some joy in replacing some products and foodstuffs with palm oil free stuff. I think. It’s such a minefield – with the 30 different names for palm oil I can’t be sure, so please don’t take my word for it that these products are indeed 100% palm oil free:
Palm Oil Free Food
Equal Exchange peanut butter – my daughter loves peanut butter but the Sunpat stuff she took a liking to is full of sugar and salt. I was buying Whole Earth peanut butter before as it’s unsugared and unsalted, but it contains palm oil, so I found this one, which is unsugared, unsalted and palm oil free.
Mackies Crisps (available at Sainsbury’s) – made with sunflower oil.
Walkers Crisps – made with sunflower oil
Divine Chocolate – too delicious for words
Ready Brek and generally any other plain oat cereal (i.e. no chocolate, raisins or other additions)
Dorset Cereals – all varieties (click on the link to read Dorest Cereal’s palm oil policy).
Palm Oil Free Toiletries
Sarakan Toothpaste – has an unusual taste and texture that takes a bit of getting used to, but palm oil free, unlike other brands of natural toothpaste, like Kingfisher, which are made with palm oil.
Palm Oil Free Cleaning Products
Bio D cleaning products – palm oil free products that cover the whole spectrum of cleaning and washing from dishwashing liquid, bathroom cleaner, kitchen cleaner, laundry liquid, hand soap, dishwasher powder and more, at an affordable price – e.g. £4.55 for 1 litre of laundry liquid and £1.88 for washing up liquid.
Ecos Laundry Liquid – does 50 loads of washing. Bargain. It also smells lovely.
Palm Oil Worst Offenders
I was genuinely shocked when I looked at a bag of raisins (a favourite snack in our house), to see it contained palm oil as a glazing agent. Consequently my favourite cereal, Fruit and Fibre, is out, and to be honest I’m a little wary of anything with raisins in them. I’ll replace this with porridge or Dorset Cereals when I’m feeling flush.
I’ll share any other food stuffs and products I come across, and if you have any you want to share then please do in the comments below. I’ll also update you in a little while with how I’m getting on.
NB: This article was written in 2013, when there were considerably fewer resources about palm oil and palm oil free products so there may well be errors contained here. This page is no longer updated – please search the palm oil tag for more up-to-date posts.