We verified with Fat and the Moon their Anise & Clove Tooth Cleanse is palm oil free. They also offer a Tooth Polish for once-a-week use. It’s geared more toward adults to help prevent coffee stains, etc.
Fat and the Moon Tooth Polish
This tooth polish is made without palm oil derivatives.
Toothpaste without palm oil
At first, we went to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, hoping to find toothpaste without palm oil. After reading all the ingredients, we thought we found two of them.
After a week of trying each, my son still had extremely dry lips. I looked up the ingredients on both toothpastes and found out both had hidden palm oil derivatives.
Afterwards, I found Earth Paste at a natural grocery store, and it’s been a miracle for us. My son needs a palm free toothpaste, and this works for him.
He’s been alternating between the Lemon and the Peppermint.
Many self-care products that are free from palm oil use coconut instead. You can choose to make your own toothpaste without palm oil as well. Many homemade recipes use baking soda. Some also use food-grade Calcium Carbonate powder.
Due to palm oil deforestation, many consumers want products without palm oil.
It’s hard to avoid it altogether, but there are certain palm oil products to avoid that are easy to replace.
Do your best to support palm oil free toothpaste.
We are so grateful to Earth Paste and to Fat and the Moon for making tooth cleaners without palm oil. If you know of others, please post in the Comments.
Are you avoiding palm oil for health or environmental reasons? If so, it’s important to know the names for palm oil derivatives.
Once you know what you are looking for, it’s much easier to find and choose palm oil free products.
Names for palm oil derivatives
According to the International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme (POFCAP), there are over 1,000 names for palm oil derivatives. They reference them when they are qualifying products for Palm Oil Free Certification.
After years of research, POFCAP continues to update their extensive list which you can use as a resource when you want to buy products without palm oil.
If you want to support palm oil free products and companies, check the ingredients in foods, cleaning products, medicine, and personal-care items, including toothpaste, soap, cosmetics, shampoo, and lip balm.
If it has an ingredient label, review it for palm oil and palm oil derivatives.
You can print out a copy of POFCAP’s list, and bring it with you, or reference it from your phone.
Alternative names for palm oil
Of course, we won’t always be able to check ingredient labels against a list of hundreds of names for palm oil. That’s why it’s important to learn some of the common prefixes and ingredient names for palm oil.
Once you are in the habit of reading labels, it will get much easier, especially when you buy certain products.
As an example, in consumables such as cereal and milk, you will learn to look for Vitamin A Palmitate.
In ice cream, you will know to look for palm oil, palm kernel oil, and mono- and diglycerides.
Palm oil derivatives list
Once you start recognizing the prefixes and letter combinations, you will see they are easy to spot on labels. You will often see many combination clues in one ingredient name.
An example is a prevalent palm oil derivative called Polyethylene Glycol.
Polyethylene Glycol = poly + ethyl + glyc
Here are some letter combinations associated with palm oil derivatives.
Examples are Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic Acid, and Capryloyl Glycine.
Some ingredients are Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Ethylhexanote, and Cetearyl Glucoside.
Examples are Cetyl Acetate, Cetyl Alcohol, and Cetyl Palmitate.
Emulsifier with a number
Manufacturers will list this ingredient as Emulsifier 470 or E470.
As stated above, remember to also print out POFCAP’s list of alternate names for palm oil to help you avoid the many ways companies use palm oil derivatives.
Alternative names for palm oil
To avoid palm oil products, it’s essential you check for alternative names for palm oil on the ingredient labels. There are hundreds of derivatives, but knowing the letter combinations to watch for makes it much easier.
When you read ingredient labels, you will start to learn the common names for palm oil and what products contain palm oil.
Also, looking for palm oil ingredients will become a lot easier once you know how manufacturers use palm oil.
Then you can easily spot the different palm names and palm oil derivatives.
If you seek out palm oil free products, you know how difficult it can be. Palm oil is prevalent in processed foods, cleaning products, and personal care items.
This list of palm oil free products includes categories that typically contain palm oil and derivatives. The list starts with foods, then includes palm free self-care and hygiene products, and then cleaning products.
We update this list regularly. Check back often. The more we support products made without palm oil, the better.
According to Today’s Dietitian, the FDA’s proposal to ban trans fats has created even greater demand for palm oil in foods.
In addition to the environmental concerns, many people avoid palm oil for health concerns.
With 500+ names for palm oil derivatives, it’s a challenge to find products without palm oil.
Please, do your best to support these brands and products so they will continue making them without palm oil. As always, read labels. Manufacturers continue to change their ingredients to save money.
Palm oil free products
Bread without palm oil
We have confirmed Dave’s Killer Bread doesn’t use palm oil or palm oil derivatives. They use organic canola oil and zero palm oil derivatives.
Dave’s Killer Bread:
Cinnamon Raisin Remix
Pumpkin Spice Madness (seasonal)
Rolls: Organic Sweet Potato Rock ‘N’ Rolls
21 Whole Grains
Blues Bread (blue cornmeal crust)
Honey Oats & Flax
100% Organic Whole Wheat
English Muffins: Killer Classic and Rockin’ Grains
You absolutely must read labels before you buy any bread, buns and rolls. In the United States, palm oil derivatives are common.
Some of them include: Mono- and diglycerides; DATEM; Sodium Stearyl Lactylate; and Sorbitan Monostearate
Please note, their Gluten-Free Breast Nuggets contain palm oil and is clearly labeled.
A representative from Foster Farms also added: Because our formulations are subject to change, please be sure to check the ingredient statement prior to each purchase.
However, this is true all the time when you are looking for palm oil free products.
Also, many companies who make breaded products often only list “vegetable oil,” without the source. In order to support palm oil free products, you will need to know the source before buying it.
Coffee without palm oil
Red Ape Cinnamon: Cinnamon Coffee; Ginger Coffee
These coffees are free from palm oil and obtained Palm Oil Free certification by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Programme.
Palm oil is most likely not common in regular ground coffee.
However, it can be used to create flavors in coffee. When you buy a bag or canister of ground flavored coffee — as in Creme Brulee, Vanilla, Caramel, etc. — it may contain palm oil in the “natural flavors” that won’t be spelled out.
Think about how the coffee company is making the buttery caramel flavor, etc.
Creamers without palm oil
In addition, watch for palm oil derivatives in CREAMERS. One major brand lists “palm oil” in the ingredients. Other palm oil derivatives in creamers to avoid are:
Mono- and Diglycerides
Sodium Stearyl Lactylate
Half & Half is often a palm oil free option.
Erin Baker’s: All of their products: Double Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Caramel Apple, Banana Walnut, Carrot Cake, Fruit & Nut
Thin & Crispy: Milk Chocolate Chip, Toffee Milk Chocolate, Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies, Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chessmen Butter Cookies
Note about Pepperidge Farms: They wrote back to say that different suppliers may use palm oil so they can’t confirm these cookies are always 100% palm oil free.
We included them on this list because we have purchased them for years, and in our area they have remained palm oil free. We appreciate their transparency and for using real ingredients in their products.
Bare Snacks offers apple, banana, and coconut chips with many organic offerings.
Fruit snacks without palm oil
KIND Fruit Bites: Cherry Apple, Mango Pineapple Apple, Strawberry Cherry Apple
Many fruit snacks contain Glycerin, Glycerine, and/or Vitamin A Palmitate, which are palm oil derivatives.
Sometimes Citric Acid can be sourced from palm oil. Therefore, if you are avoiding palm for health reasons, you need to check with the manufacturer to find out if the Citric Acid is derived from palm oil.
Graham crackers without palm oil
Honey Maid Graham Crackers: Original, Cinnamon, Chocolate, Vanilla
More than ever, and especially in “generic,” store brands, graham crackers contain palm oil. READ LABELS!
Nabisco’s Honey Maid line was the only one we found in our grocery store without it.
However, note the Honey Maid Low Fat version contains a palm oil derivative called DATEM. The boxes look similar. (DATEM is a now-common palm oil derivative companies are using in bread.)
Erin’s Baker: All of their granola products
Ultra Protein Granola
Sprouted Snacks Nut Mix
Ancient Grain in four flavors
Nut Butter Granola in two flavors
Grain-Free Granola in two flavors
Ancient Grain Minis (single serving sizes in four flavors)
Open Nature Honey Nut Granola
Simply Balanced Organic Blueberry Granola with Flax
Most granola brands contain Tocopherols and/or Glycerin, palm oil derivatives. See below for granola bars.
Glee Gum is also free from artificial chemicals, flavors, and dyes.
In gum, there are often palm oil derivatives such as palm-oil based Glycerol or Glycerin.
Remember, even “healthy packaging” — across all product lines, not just for gum — does not mean the product is palm oil free. If you see Organic Vegetable Glycerin or Vegetable Glycerin, chances are, it’s made with palm oil.
We are grateful to Ben & Jerry’s for making all of their ice cream without palm oil.
Please note, when looking at the vanilla Breyers flavors, only the Natural Vanilla is a palm oil free product. Their Extra Creamy Vanilla, French Vanilla, and Homemade Vanilla contain Mono- and Diglycerides.
Choose ice cream with as few ingredients as possible unless you are choosing Ben & Jerry’s.
See our post: Ice Cream Without Palm Oil. We researched 18 ice cream brands and 250+ cartons of ice cream. We found 20 different palm oil derivatives and ingredients in them.
Palm oil derivatives to watch for in ice cream include: Mono & Diglycerides, Propylene Glycol Monoesters, Polysorbate 80, and Vitamin A Palmitate.
Spread the Love Foods: They make all of their products without palm oil and label their nut butters ‘Palm Oil Free’ which demonstrates how important it is to them. Naked Organic Peanut Butter, Naked Crunch Organic Peanut Butter, Unsalted Almond Butter, Unsalted Crunch Almond Butter
Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter Co: They have all palm oil free products. Creamy Peanut Butter, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew ButterWild Friends: All of their products are made without palm oil. Classic Creamy Peanut Butter, Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter, Peanut Cashew Super Butter, Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter. They also made palm free Sunflower, Almond and Super Butters. (They are certified as Palm Oil Free products.)
Teddie All Natural: All of theirs are palm oil free: Creamy, Crunchy, Organic, and with Flaxseed
Lesser Evil Organic Popcorn: Avocado-licious; Classic Cheddar; Himalayan Pink; Himalayan Gold; Oh My Ghee!; Jalapeno ‘n Honey; Himalayan Sweetness
Popcornopolis: Nearly Naked Gourmet
Quinn Snacks: Their microwavable popcorn seems to be the only product of it’s kind without palm oil. They make seven flavors palm oil free. Some flavors include Parmesan & Rosemary and White Cheddar. Check them out here.
Watch out for seasonal flavors which may contain palm oil.
Everything, Garlic Parmesan, Honey Mustard & Onion, Sesame, Original, Original Minis, Organic Original
Snyder’s of Hanover
Mini Pretzels, Sticks Pretzels, Snaps Pretzels, Butter Snaps, Rods Pretzels, Thins Pretzels, Olde Tyme, Homestyle, Dipping Sticks, Sourdough Hard Pretzels
Braided Twists: Honey Wheat, Ancient Grain, Blueberry
SUPERPRETZEL Soft Pretzel
Original, Pretzel Bites, Multigrain
Especially read labels when you are looking for gluten-free varieties. Manufacturers often use DATEM or palm oil as a replacement. Also, some single serving bags and often holiday varieties contain palm oil.
All of Red Ape Cinnamon’s products listed in this post have been certified Palm Oil Free by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Programme.
Even if spices don’t list palm oil in the ingredients, you won’t know if they are derived from palm oil sources unless you verify with the company.
Taco shells without palm oil
Ortega Taco Shells: (Be sure to read all ingredients, especially for their whole wheat and flour tortillas. Their other taco shell products contain Mono- and Diglycerides as well as Glycerin which are palm oil derivatives.)
Yellow Corn Shells
Good Grains line:
Yellow Corn & Spinach; Blue Corn Taco Shells; Whole Grain Corn and Lentil Taco Shells; Yellow Corn & Ancient Grains; and Yellow Corn & Red Bell Pepper
Whole Grain Corn
Trader Joe’s Trader Jose’s Taco Shells
Read labels and choose palm oil free taco shells. You should be able to find them.
Red Star Active Dry All Natural Yeast: 3 pack
They advertise these packets as:
The only all natural, pure yeast with no added ingredients, on the market.”
All other yeasts we found — in jars and in packets — contains Sorbitan Monostearate. This can be a palm oil derivative. You have to check with the companies to find out if it contains or was treated with palm oil.
Red Star’s Active Dry Yeast in the packets contains just Yeast.
In the United States, we have yet to find spray cleaners, dishwasher detergent, and non-specialty laundry soap without palm oil. Even healthy-seeming brands contain them.
Spray cleaners often contain “plant-derived cleaning agents” which are typically made with palm oil derivatives.
To clean without palm oil use:
Spray bottle with vinegar and water: Clean kitchen, bathrooms, windows, floors
Baking soda: Clean sinks
Lemon: Look online for ways to use lemon for cleaning
Use a Swiffer Sweeper stick with reusable microfiber cloth instead. Use it to mop your floors without chemicals.
Palm oil free cleaning products in Australia
Clean Conscience: This is an Australian brand. These products have been certified as palm oil free by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark.
Multipurpose Spray Kitchen
Multipurpose Spray Bathroom
Multipurpose Spray Lemon Myrtle
Pure Liquid Hand & Body Soap Lemon Myrtle
Palm oil free cleaning products in the United Kingdom
HumbleStuff: This is a company in Scotland. They ship throughout the UK. Their products have been certified palm oil free by the Orangutan Alliance.
Soft Cleaning Paste
Lemon Myrtle Multi-Purpose Spray
Refill for Multi-Purpose Spray
Candles without palm oil
In the United States:
The Fanciful Fox:
Lemon Sage Ginger
Their palm oil free candles are made with 100% soy wax. They offer 20+ palm oil free candle varieties on their website. We listed a few above.
Cocolux Australia: Pure Copper, Coconut Oil Candle
They use sustainable, organic coconut instead of palm oil. Based in Australia, they offer free international shipping.
Most candles use palm oil. Read labels. Reach out to companies to ask the source of their ingredients.
Palm oil free products
It is increasingly difficult to find palm oil free products. In the US, the FDA has required manufacturers to eliminate trans fats from processed foods. Companies have turned to palm oil as the replacement.
Demand for palm oil continues to rise.
In addition to foods, manufacturers rely on palm oil ingredients in cleaning products. It is a challenge to find laundry detergents, spray cleaners, dish soap, and dish wash detergent without palm oil.
It’s also difficult to find palm oil free self-care items.
Palm oil is prevalent in soap, shampoo, shaving cream, lotion, deodorant, sunscreen, toothpaste, and cosmetics.
Companies who don’t use palm oil
These companies make all of their products palm oil free:
If you experience reactions to it, please take a moment to report your symptoms to the FDA. They make it easy to complete online via their form. You should have as much information about the product as possible. It’s fast and will hopefully make a difference.
Support palm oil free products
Read labels every time. Often, companies change their ingredients.
Read labels and buy the palm oil free products. Vote with your dollars.
As consumers, there is a lot we can do to support products without palm oil. Together, we can:
Go on social media and tell companies palm oil free products are important.
Ask companies for palm oil free alternatives.
Go on social media and ask companies why their products contain palm oil.
Read ingredient labels before you buy anything.
Buy palm oil free products and brands.
Find companies who don’t use any palm oil, and be loyal to them.
Thank companies who are making their products palm oil free. (First, be sure there aren’t palm oil derivatives in them.)
You can also email companies. However, most often, you will be contacting a customer service representative. You won’t know if your message is getting past this person to the decision-makers within the company.
Often, when we email companies, we get canned, generic answers back from them. Many reply with their “sustainable palm oil” policy without seeming to read the questions.
It’s only when we delve further that we reach someone with more authority to get accurate information.
This is why we suggest you email them but also contact them professionally on social media. You may attract more attention to your message.
We continue to contact companies to confirm their products are palm oil free. Check back often for this updated list of palm oil free products. We will be adding more posts with palm oil free products.
Please note, this is not meant to be medical advice. Consult with your healthcare provider.
We sourced this list after looking at ingredient labels and comparing them against lists of hundreds of names for palm oil ingredients and derivatives. We contact companies to inquire about their specific products that seem to be made without palm oil. As they write back, we continue to update and note when they confirm their products are palm oil free.
However, please do your own due diligence as well. Before you buy anything, read the labels while you are in the store. Buy the products that are palm oil free. Read labels every time.This list is meant to be a starting point and is not guaranteed. Use it as a starting point.
Also, we always are updating and adding to this list as we find palm oil free products.
Continue to be a proactive consumer. Let companies know you are paying attention. Vote with your dollars by buying the palm oil free versions.
Please leave your Comments below with tips, palm oil free products you have found, or anything to help build awareness. Thank you!
Their label says it’s free from parabens, phthalates, fragrance, and added color.
This is our favorite soap. We use it almost exclusively since we have sought out palm oil free soaps. We bring it with us when we travel.
It’s scent-free and non-greasy. We buy the 4 ounce bars. Each lasts a long time. (They offer two other palm free soaps which are listed below.) Update: We have just learned Kiss My Face products have been removed from stores. We are awaiting further information.
Remwood Product’s Co. Grandma’s Baking Soda Soap
Ingredients: Saponified Oils of Lard and Castor with Baking Soda.
This was the first bar soap we found that didn’t contain palm oil. It lasts a long time.
We use this bar soap in our home and like it doesn’t have a fragrance. See below for review.
What is unique about Ethique is they make all of their productswithout palm oil. In addition, they use sustainable ingredients and minimal packaging, including no plastics.
They offer bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and more.
Ethique Face soap:
Bliss Bar is for normal to dry skin: It’s made with coconut, vegetable glycerine, (the glycerine is from sustainably managed coconuts — not palm oil!) and clay. It’s fragrance-free.
In Your Face is a face and body bar. It’s made with coconut oil, mandarin and sweet orange essential oils, cocoa butter and sea salt.
SuperStar! is a face cleanser and makeup remover. Ingredients include cocoa butter, kokum butter, coconut oil, cleansing castor oil, and sweet orange essential oil.
Gingersnap is soap scrub for all skin types. It includes vanilla, cinnamon as well as ginger.
Face Sampler – Ethique offers a Face Sampler which includes small samples of these five products:
In Your Face
Lotion and serums:
Saving Face Serum
(We haven’t tried their Face Sampler yet but purchased and love their Body Sampler as well as the Hair Sampler.)
Here’s a company who also highlights their soap as palm oil free. In addition, their products are vegan-friendly and not tested on animals. Even more, their products are free from parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), propylene glycol, and petroleum.
Check out these soaps from Kilted Suds without palm oil. They have many more on their website and are always coming up with new combinations.
Soap stand to extend the life of bar soap ~ SoapStandle
This soap holder from SoapStandle makes it easy to use bar soap. It’s a simple piece you rest your soap on. It allows the soap to dry out completely, even from the bottom. This helps extend the life of the soap.
In addition, it eliminates the gooey mess from leaving the soap wet on the counter.
It’s really easy to use. In the past, we were always trying ways to air out the soap by propping it on different things. SoapStandle is an easy solution.
Palm oil free bar soap review
The soaps we’ve tried from the list are Grandma’s Baking Soda Soap, Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap, and Ethique’s Lime & Ginger Body Polish, Creme Bodywash Bar, and Teatree & Spearmint Foaming Bodywash.
We love that these soaps get the job done without added ingredients and artificial fragrance.
The Grandma’s and Kiss My Face soaps contain just three ingredients. Even though the main ingredient is olive oil, the Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil soap doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy or oily.
None of the soaps on this list contain palm oil derived chemicals in the form of detergents and surfactants.
This means they don’t make lather and foam. We don’t miss it.
These bars last a long time. In addition, they retain their composure/hardness and really seem to last longer than other soaps we’ve used. Interestingly, it’s as if they wick away water and don’t leave the soap ring.
We are looking forward to trying the other palm free soaps above as well.
Palm oil free soap
We researched hundreds of soaps using lists with 500+ names for palm oil ingredients to find palm free bar soap.
We have verified the soaps above do not contain palm oil derivatives.
Kiss My Face has confirmed they make their three soaps above without palm oil and palm oil derivatives.
Ethique makes all of their products, including their soap, without palm oil.
Freedom Soap Co.’s line of soap — and other products — are also palm oil free. Depending on where you live, you can find their products in stores.
Booda Organics has confirmed their products as well as their soap is palm oil free. You can find their products at natural food stores, therapeutic wellness spaces, and more.
Kilted Suds verified they make all of their bar soaps and all of their products without palm oil.
Viva La Body makes all of their soaps and other products without using palm oil and related derivatives.
Depending on your skin type — normal, oily, dry, acne-prone — you can find a soap without palm oil.
Find palm oil free soap
It’s typical for soap manufacturers to use palm oil as an ingredient in soap. Why? It’s inexpensive and binds the soap together.
Companies use ingredients such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, and Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate — all common in soap and typically made using palm oil — to create foam, lather and suds.
Other common palm oil derivatives in soap include Sodium Palmate, Glycerin, or Glycerine.
Why use palm free soap
Many people choose to avoid palm oil for environmental reasons. In addition, some consumers avoid palm oil for health reasons.
If palm oil makes you sick when you ingest it, you may want to discuss with your physician if you should avoid it in personal care products as well. Please note, we are not medical professionals.
Palm oil in soap and from other topical products can be absorbed into your skin, the body’s largest organ.
Palm oil is inexpensive and prevalent in soap. Soap manufacturers use it in many ways in order to save money.
Finding soap without palm oil
If the soap you are using doesn’t say palm oil, palm kernel oil, or red palm oil, it still may contain palm oil. Sodium Palmate is made using palm oil.
Watch for these ingredients. They very often or always contain palm oil.
Also, it’s a mistake to assume you are buying palm free soap just because the label looks to be “eco-friendly,” “plant-derived,” “healthy,” and “green.”
Be aware even organic soaps often contain palm oil.
Consumers seek out these types of trending, healthy-seeming soaps. However, when you read the ingredients, often you will find they contain palm oil and palm oil derivatives, including Sodium Palmate, Citric Acid, Tocopherols, and more.
For instance, these types of soaps include:
Castile soap – Read ingredients before you buy castile soap. Even leading brands contain palm oil and palm oil derivatives.
Goat milk soap
Glycerin soap – If it’s not spelled out on the ingredient label, you will have to check with the manufacturer to know the source of the glycerin.
Shea butter soap
You may be stunned to read the ingredients to find they are usually made with sulfates, and other ingredients, most of which are derived from palm oil.
Liquid soap without palm oil
We have yet to find a liquid soap without palm oil.
I am updating this post because I just returned from an Oils party. Guests could pay to make different products. I went with the sole purpose of buying a palm oil free liquid soap.
The hostess instructed us to use a few drops of essential oil, Glycerin and Castile Soap.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t make the soap because there was a bottle of Glycerin with no ingredients listed other than “Glycerin.” When I arrived home and researched the company, I learned their glycerin derived from palm oil.
Additionally, the Castile Soap, with it’s gleaming, healthy-seeming bottle, contained multiple palm oil derivatives.
You can find palm free soaps which exfoliate and detoxify. Some are therapeutic and/or antibacterial. Some are unscented. There are options for acne-prone skin. You have choices, no matter what your skin type.
With this list, you can find soap for your hands, face, and body… all without palm oil.
If you know of other palm oil free soaps, please list them in the Comments so we can research them and include them on this list.
See our current list of palm oil free products to help making find them easier.
Please support these companies who make soap without palm oil. It’s always great to find palm oil free products.
Please note, the information above is based on our own Internet research, reading labels, and reaching out to companies. We are always updating our posts.
Please note, we are not medical professionals. Consult with your physician or health provider if you are seeking medical advice.
As we find more soap without palm oil, we update this list. Always read labels as manufacturers change ingredients.
Why do you choose palm free soaps and products? Have you found others? Please Comment below so we can all learn.
In addition, reference their website. You can access the list from your phone before you buy anything. It contains the hundreds of ways palm oil is hidden in ingredient names. It’s in alphabetical order so you can somewhat easily check each label before you buy something.
It’s important to read the labels of everything you buy if you are trying to avoid products with palm oil.
(Yes, this will take time in the beginning. However, after a few times, you will know most of the derivatives you are looking for depending on the product, and it will become so much easier.)
Often, companies change suppliers and ingredients. Some examples:
Nabisco now lists palm oil for every variety of Oreo cookie we’ve seen. However, they used to be palm oil free.
Every box of Ritz Crackers Originals we’ve seen in stores lists “palm oil” in the ingredients but they didn’t always. (Interestingly, the ingredients for this product on their website do not mention palm oil at all. It still includes soybean oil and cottonseed oil.)
In 2018, Peanut M&Ms started including palm oil. Now all of their Peanut M&Ms contain it.
Also in 2018, Post added Vitamin A Palmitate to their HoneyComb cereal.
You will also find that some versions of the very same products will have different ingredients. Companies use different vendors and recipes.
7. Look for palm oil free certification and labeling
Hopefully, more and more, companies will recognize that being palm oil free is considered something to promote and advertise.
We hope it will become more common and sought-out, much like “gluten free” and “no high fructose corn syrup.”
The first company to earn palm oil free certification status for some of their products in the United States is Enjoy Life Foods. They will have eight products certified as palm oil free.
There are so many packaged foods, supplements, medicines, hygiene, and cleaning products with palm oil and palm oil derivatives.
However, once you start knowing the types of ingredient names to look for, you will have an easier time of finding products free from palm oil.
You can find products without palm oil. You have to actively be reading labels and comparing them to the list referenced above in order to avoid it completely.
But once you are in the habit or reading labels, it takes just seconds. You will also learn to choose products with less ingredients overall. Additionally, you will know the types of products that use it.