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What do you know about palm oil?

#1 Postby C.O. » Wed May 23, 2012 6:35 pm

This is interesting. Anyone else know much about palm oil or use it?
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/ ... 31,00.html

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Re: What do you know about palm oil?

#2 Postby pkjane » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:48 pm

I was looking into this myself, and I discovered it's high in saturated fats and destructive to habitats in the rainforest where they clear cut for this product. Coconut oil at the moment is probably better for you and I have found it easy to obtain organic sources.

Some sources:

http://kids.mongabay.com/elementary/palm_oil.html

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA316479
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Re: What do you know about palm oil?

#3 Postby VeganEssentials » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:02 pm

More companies are changing from traditional clear-cut palm oil souces to sustainable plantations these days due to the bad press being brought on the "wipe out as much land as we can and move on" farming practices. Unfortunately, you won't really know for sure until checking, but whereas some vegans still assume ALL palm oil is harvested in ways that further endanger wildlife, there's a growing movement to get away from those practices. Fortunately, more and more food companies are being aware of the need to source from sustainable plantations these days, but of course, those companies who are only concerned with cheap ingredients will likely keep using the bad stuff.
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Re: What do you know about palm oil?

#4 Postby C.O. » Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:02 am

Nice, both of you were very helpful. I will look into where the palm oil comes from before I purchase any more. I am on the coconut oil band wagon though. I love everything coconut.


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