Ditch the palm oil, for your health and the orangutans!
If you are consuming palm oil, well then you can’t sit with us.
So to be totally honest, I kind of love it when a friend asks me about palm oil. My thoughts exactly, ‘I’m about to school your ass.’
I’m all about avoiding this oil as best as I can and what’s concerning is that most people I have met don’t even know what palm oil is? You telling me you see an ingredient on a label and don’t Google it [ WTF? Is it only me who does this? ]
This oil is so nasty, it’s no good for the health, the bod, the air, the earth, human rights, the orangutans [ Imagine a world without orangutans? ] I mean, I must have your attention now, right?
Let’s break it down…
Palm oil comes from a fruit, yeah a fruit and no, the way in which you are consuming it or ‘using’ it is not healthy or beneficial #twocents.
The fruit comes from the oil palm tree. Palm oil is one of the most widely used oils in the world – it is the least expensive and many companies are replacing hydrogenated oil with palm oil, saying it is the healthier option. So yeah this may be true to some extent but so is drinking one glass of wine instead of the whole bottle, or one slice of pizza instead of the whole pizza.
The oil is still loaded with saturated fats.
Saturated fats = Bad fats and processed. Including dairy, eeuw!
Unsaturated fats = Good fats, avocado, nuts… You get it!
P.S. This oil is found in everything! Processed foods, some roasted and packaged nuts and dried fruit. Cosmetics, detergents, soap!
Now for the real shit #SAVETHEORANGUTANS
The palm oil industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, loss of critical habitat for endangered species – to name a few. Yeah it’s a complete shit show.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. Massive plantations replacing beautiful rainforest, well I’m sure you know the problem here.
Along with loss of habitat, poaching is also done deliberately to keep the animals from spoiling the oil palm. Species like orangutans, and the sumatran tiger [ amongst others ] could become extinct within the next few years.
Okay, I sound like a real ‘know-it-all’ but I’m so badass like that. Intimidating huh?
Want to avoid these nasty’s?
+ Sustainable palm oil is a thing!
+ Avoid processed foods, most of the time anyway
+ Read your labels [ it’s a no-brainer ]