On Day 4 We shared the following fact with you:
Over 50% of all packaged goods on your supermarket shelves have palm oil in them.
How can that be, when you don’t see “palm oil” listed as an ingredient on the labels in your kitchen cupboard, shower, pantry or supply closet? The answer is as simple, as it is complicated: palm oil “goes by” many different names. Names you definitely would not recognize as being palm oil like, “sodium kernelate”.
This obviously does not make your attempts to be an informed consumer any easier! But don’t be discouraged! As you’ll learn on Day 12 (No. 8) part of being a proactive consumer and making sure your supermarket purchases don’t drive rainforest and peatland destruction is to: make it clear to companies that you have a right to know what are the ingredients in the products you use. If there is palm oil, why is it not clearly labeled?
In the meantime, as promised, here is a list of 10 “other names” for palm oil you just might find on your labels. These are just a few of these names, there are many more you can find Here.
NOTE: These ingredients below are definitely either palm oil or derived from palm oil
1. PALM KERNEL OIL
2. OCTYL PALMITATE
3. PALM KERNEL STEARIN
6. SODIUM PALM KERNELATE
8 SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE
9. ELAEIS GUINEENSIS
10. PALM FRUIT OIL