Palm oil is used in most food products, but it is also included in the cosmetic industry. This is because of 2 reasons:
Palm oil is cheaper for production than most oils.
It can stay solid at room temperature for a very long time unlike other oils.
Is palm oil bad for health? – Effects on health
Still, after many scientific researches, it has been proved that this oil has negative side-effects on our health.
Nutritionally, it contains bad fats which are saturated and are actually short chain fatty acids. These fats are stored in our body and if we consume them often, these problems can appear:
- Cardiovascular problems
- Weight gain and obesity
- Reduce good cholesterol (HDL)
- Increase of bad cholesterol (LDL)
Even a low constant consumption of this oil can cause these health problems, so you must avoid it in any possible way.
It is very hard to do since people consume it almost every day. It can be found in almost every supermarket product. You have to read the labels of anything you want to buy. It can be found under these pseudonyms: fractionated vegetable fat, palm kernel oil and hydrogenated palm kernel oil.
Other problems caused by palm oil
Here are some greater problems besides the health problems this oil can cause:
Exploitation of the environment
Numerous kilometers of rainforests are burned every day because palm kernel oil has been used excessively. The most affected countries with its exploitation are New Guinea, Borneo, regions of Southeast Asia and Sumatra. It actually creates deforestation of the lungs of our planet and can bring to the rapid death rate of people who live around, as well as to the extinction of numerous jungle species. This process destroys the environment.
Terrible working conditions
Labor has increased because this industry grows. The conditions where laborers work are awful. It even causes the appearance of child labor and semi-slavery.
List of foods and products with palm oil:
Palm oil is found in almost all products we buy every day as well as in numerous cosmetic products. Here are some of the most common:
- Spreads: margarine, cocoa cream, marmalade and hazelnut cream
- Industrial pastries: cookies, cakes, pastries and cakes
- Pre-cooked food: frozen fried vegetables, soups, fried chips, pizzas and cream of envelope
- Appetizers: potato chips, crackers, and many other snacks
- Cosmetics: creams (body and facial), soaps, lotions and shampoos.