Thursday, December 31, 2015

Avoid palm oil if possible

I always buy Krema Peanut Butter, but today picked up a "natural" jar of Jif and read the label. Well, yes, if by natural you mean palm oil and sugar. Krema is just peanuts. Also Krema bought Crazy Richard's and that name now appears on the jar.

Facts About Palm Oil (from the Krema site) or why you should read labels:
  • All ‘no-stir’ natural peanut butters use palm oil in place of hydrogenated vegetable oil to stop the natural oil separation.
  • Palm oil has been referred to as the “cruel oil” for its negative impact on the environment, animals and our health.
  • Palm oil is high in saturated fats.
  • Palm oil harvesting destroys the rain forest in Indonesia and Malaysia and threatens many endangered animals.
  • Palm oil’s major use is in soaps and lotions.
  • Research shows that palm oil increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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