If you are looking for palm oil free peanut butter, read labels. You will find it.
Companies use “No Stir” labels as a marketing strategy. Others may use “No Need to Stir.”
This advertising on labels means there is palm oil in the product. It will be listed in the ingredients.
Peanut butter manufacturers add palm oil so their peanut butter spreads easily. Many larger companies who label their peanut butter as “Organic” and “All Natural” use palm oil as well.
Peanut butter companies can’t use artficial trans fats in their products because the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) banned them. Many peanut butter companies have turned to palm oil.
Peanut butter spread contains palm oil
Also note, there is “Peanut Butter” and there is “Peanut Butter Spread.” These are not created equally. These products will be next to each other on store shelves. Peanut butter spreads will contain palm oil plus many other ingredients.
Read the front of the peanut butter jar to see if it’s peanut butter or a spread.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated that palm oil is not a healthy substitute for trans fats, yet palm oil consumption continues to rise.
Find palm oil free peanut butter
Don’t buy peanut butter with “No Stir” labeling.
Don’t buy peanut butter spread.
Buy peanut butter with just peanuts and salt.
Peanut butter without palm oil
We love when industry leaders keep their products free from palm oil. Here is a list of peanut butter without palm oil ingredients. Please support them buy buying their products.
Congratulations to Wild Friends Foods, the first nut butter company in the world to become Certified Palm Oil Free. ALL of their nut butter products are made without palm oil or palm oil derivatives.
The International Palm Oil Free Certification guarantees the products have been thoroughly researched, right back to the sources. Learn more.
Look at all of these choices of peanut butter without palm oil:
Single serving packs: Organic Honey Sunflower Butter; Vanilla Almond Butter
Spread the Love Foods
It’s great Spread the Love advertises on their website: No palm fruit oil.
They also advertise this on their labeling. It’s so important to tell consumers to look for this feature!
It’s also Non-GMO and made in small batches.
Spread the Love’s Peanut Butter
Naked Organic Peanut Butter
Naked Crunch Organic Peanut Butter
Their almond butter is made in a peanut-free facility!
Spread the Love’s Almond Butter
Unsalted Almond Butter
Unsalted Crunch Almond Butter
Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter Co.
For over 100 years, Crazy Richard’s has been an additive-free peanut butter. Their peanut butter ingredients are simple and don’t include salt or sugar… just peanuts!
Additionally, they recognize that hydrogenated palm oil isn’t a good thing.
We’ve used Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter in recipes, and it’s very easy to mix.
You can find this brand in many grocery stores.
Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter
Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter
Crazy Richard’s Almond Butter
Crazy Richard’s Cashew Butter
Ingredients: Dry-Roasted Cashews and Sunflower Oil
Teddie Natural Peanut Butter
Teddie’s products are free from sweeteners, oils as well as anything artificial. The peanuts are grown in the United States and are Non GMO.
In addition, they use simple ingredients: Peanuts. Some contain salt. Others flaxseed. At most, there are three ingredients… that’s it! You can find this peanut butter at Target, Walmart, Safeway, ShopRite, and more.
Teddie All Natural
Super Chunky Unsalted
Smooth with Flaxseed
Chunky with Flaxseed
Teddie Organic All Natural
Kroger Natural Peanut Butter
A reader made a suggestion in the Comments about Kroger’s Natural Peanut Butter as being palm oil free and an inexpensive option.
They don’t add oils, stabilizers, preservatives, or sugars. Their Natural Peanut Butter line contains only two ingredients: Roasted Peanuts and Salt.
Easy-to-find at Kroger stores, this is an accessible brand.
In addition, in the past we’ve contacted Kroger about some of their other products. We asked them about the source of some of their ingredients.
While most large companies avoid answering questions about palm oil, Kroger took extra steps to get us the information we asked for and were transparent about it. They asked their product development teams for the answers. They went above and beyond what other large companies have done.
Kroger Natural Peanut Butter
RX Nut Butter
RXBAR has confirmed with us 100% of their products are made without palm oil or palm oil derivatives.
While they are known for their bars, now they are making peanut butter without palm oil. Their RX Nut Butter is available in 1.13 ounce pouches.
We are happy to be able to find peanut butter without palm oil and hope these companies keep these products free from palm.
Remember, always check labels. Companies are adding palm oil to their products all the time. It’s a cheap and versatile oil.
Many of our once-favorite products have started using palm oil; it’s even in beverages.
Reach out to companies to let them know you want them to make their peanut butter and other products without palm oil.
Best peanut butter
Many companies include palm oil in peanut butter.
Avoid NO STIR labeling. Avoid PEANUT BUTTER SPREADS. Read labels.
We believe in choosing products without palm oil and are happy to find palm free peanut butter. We think it’s the best peanut butter for our planet.
Whether you experience allergic reactions from palm oil, believe you have a palm oil intolerance, or avoid it for environmental reasons, it’s a good choice to choose peanut butter without palm oil.
Our son gets sick from anything with palm oil in it. It negatively affects his health in many different ways.
Learn more about his palm oil allergy here. Eating often a challenge because palm oil ingredients are so common in foods, including Natural Flavors, spices, etc. This is a list of what he eats.
Remember to support these nut butters, protein spreads, and peanut butter brands without palm oil. Also, support Palm Oil Free labeling.
Please share in the Comments why you seek these products. If you know of any other brands of no palm oil peanut butter, please make a Comment as well.
Note, we are not medical professionals. This is not medical advice. Please consult with your physician. The information is based on our own Internet research, reading labels in stores, and reaching out to companies. Use this as a reference point. This list is not guaranteed.
Our son’s pediatrician wasn’t familiar with a palm oil allergy or palm oil intolerance. We requested a referral to an allergist, and at our appointment, we asked if a person can be allergic to palm oil.
Our son gets sick from palm oil.
This includes anything with palm oil, palm kernel oil, and palm oil derivatives in it, including palm olein, stearic acid, tocopherols, glycerin, vegetable glycerin, red palm oil, mono- and diglycerides, glycerine, magnesium stearate, and more.
Because of this, we consider him to have a palm oil intolerance or a palm oil sensitivity.
His allergist said there aren’t proteins in palm oil, so it wouldn’t be considered a palm oil allergy. He said there isn’t an IgE test for a palm oil allergy or intolerance.
The allergist said we couldn’t do a blood test or a skin test to test for it. He didn’t give us an EpiPen / Epinephrine Auto-Injector.
Instead, the doctor encouraged us to “build up” his system.
He suggested we supplement with pre-biotics. He reminded us to avoid processed foods, to eat a wide variety of vegetables, and to increase Vitamin D exposure from the sun. In addition, he told us to minimize gluten in his diet.
These are all important things to do. However, it wasn’t explaining why he has allergic reactions to palm oil.
It was frustrating the allergistdidn’t acknowledge someone could have a palm oil allergy, palm oil intolerance, or a sensitivity to palm oil.
He never heard of it and wasn’t particularly interested in hearing about it or hearing what we had to say about it. He dismissed the idea that our son could be allergic to palm oil.
In addition, the doctor didn’t discuss the possibilty of problems with digesting palm oil ingredients. (Nor did our son’s pediatrician.)
While he is a renowned allergist in our area, he said there wasn’t an IgE allergy test for palm oil, so there was nothing he could do.
He dismissed the idea that palm oil could cause health problems.
Sick from palm oil
Palm ingredients are prevalent in packaged foods and snacks along with cleaning products, and self-care items, like soap, deodorant, and toothpaste.
It’s been very difficult finding safe foods to eat and products to use.
Palm oil allergy symptoms
If palm oil is causing allergy symptoms for you or your child, it won’t matter if it’s organic palm oil or from sustainable palm oil products.
We know for certain our son has allergic reactions to palm oil so we avoid them all. We think it’s more than a problem digesting palm oil because even topical products affect him.
However, it took quite awhile to figure out palm oil was making him sick.
He had been sick for months with congestion, coughing and throat clearing. Sometimes he had a sore throat. Often, he would miss a few days in a row from school.
He would use boxes of Kleenex each week.
We thought it was environmental allergies but when he eliminated all packaged and processed foods, he was better in days.
At first, we thought he was allergic to sunflower oil or coconut or some other foods.
However, when we eliminated foods, performed our own food intolerance test, and logged every food he ate and product he used, we were able to figure out it was anything that included palm oil, palm kernel oil, and palm oil derivatives, like glycerin and stearic acid.
If you are wondering about a palm oil intolerance or palm oil allergy, it is important you speak with your doctor.
And if you do, please note in the Comments below anything you learn. We are hoping more medical professionals acknowledge someone could have a palm oil intolerance, become sick from palm oil, or have adverse reactions from palm oil ingredients.
Palm oil intolerance
How did we find out he has an intolerance to palm oil? It took a long time to figure it out.
I remembered how a year prior he had gotten sick after eating a Great Value brand of sandwich cookie (a generic Oreo) while at his grandpa’s home. Palm oil was in it, and I thought it was unusual.
This happened several times over many months. Finally, I told my son to just decline them politely.
I wasn’t familiar with palm oil and hadn’t recalled seeing it in foods we ate.
Now, palm oil even more prevalent. (Palm oil is in Oreos now as well which is disappointing.)
Palm oil food intolerance
We started thinking about all the foods he had been eating when he was sick those months.
It was in the fall, and he was eating taffy apples and Halloween candy in addition to the usual processed and packaged foods like cereal, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, and granola bars.
When we looked at the ingredients, we couldn’t believe palm oil was in every single one of those products.
Palm oil is in Skittles and Starburst candies. It’s in Ritz Crackers. It’s in most all bakery and desserts from the grocery store.
After that, we started reading all food and drink labels.
We let him have packaged foods again, trying to be sure they didn’t contain palm oil, palm kernel oil, Vitamin A Palmitate, palm olein, red palm oil, and any ingredients containing “palm-.”
At the time, we didn’t know there are hundreds of additional names for palm oil, including glycerin, glycerol, propylene glycol, tocopherols, and mono- and diglycerides.
Palm oil can also hide in “Natural Flavors.”
While it is a huge undertaking to find safe, palm oil-free foods, we were able to find some cereal, peanut butter, snacks, candy, and more products. We’ve featured each of these as posts on this website.
More products contain palm oil
Demand for palm oil continues to increase because the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. This is the main dietary source of artificial trans-fats.
Food manufacturers are using palm oil as a replacement for the trans-fats.
Palm oil is versatile and inexpensive.
Also, palm oil prolongs the shelf life of products and is often used to preserve freshness in foods.
Palm olein can remain a liquid at room temperature. It’s also highly heat resistant.
Companies use palm oil and derivatives to fortify their foods and drinks with vitamins.
When you see cereal or milk with a Vitamin A content of 10% or higher, it most likely has Vitamin A Palmitate in it.
You will see palm oil in the form of Vitamin E in foods as well.
It’s prevalent in personal care and cleaning products, again because it’s so versatile and works in hundreds of capacities.
Palm oil in medicine
Once you start trying to avoid it, you will see it’s very difficult to find vitamins and supplements without palm oil.
We didn’t realize we had been giving my son a vitamin with palm oil. We have yet to find a child’s vitamin without it.
Even worse, his allergist suggested we give him Allegra on a daily basis as maintenance. He recommended it because we told him we’d occasionally given him children’s liquid Allegra.
After several weeks, we read the label and saw it contains propylene glycol. This ingredient is usually derived from palm oil!
Can you imagine how we felt when we learned we were giving him medicine with palm oil derivatives to alleviate his palm oil allergy symptoms?
To this day, we cannot find an OTC antihistamine or allergy medication without propylene glycol, magnesium stearate, and/or polyethylene glycol.
They all contain palm oil ingredients.
(Update: See our post for what we are doing for medicine without palm oil. We went to a compounding pharmacy to get allergy medications, a fever reducer, and other medicines without fillers, preservatives, etc.)
Palm oil allergy symptoms
So, what happens to my son when he uses something with or consumes something with palm oil?
What palm oil allergy symptoms and allergic reactions does he have? Some symptoms are delayed but most are immediate.
Allergic reactions from palm oil
When he ate foods with palm oil, palm kernel oil, and hydrogenated palm kernel oil, almost immediately, he would:
The next morning, he would wake up with a sore throat and need a box of Kleenex from blowing his nose so much. Sometimes this would last for days, other times, weeks. He often would miss school.
Reactions from palm oil derivatives
It’s difficult to know if palm oil may be affecting you. In our case, some of the symptoms were delayed and others were immediate.
Symptoms from Tocopherols and Tocopherols / Vitamin E
There were other times when he was getting sick from foods, and we didn’t know why.
I’m grateful we kept the cereal and cracker boxes from these foods that made him sick because we learned they all contained tocopherols.
Tocopherols are sometimes made from palm oil.
When he would eat foods with tocopherols — used to preserve freshness or as a Vitamin E supplement — some or all of these symptoms would happen:
He became so lethargic and exhausted, completely wiped out
He would have a change in mood/temperament
Would get a few hives
After my son went through these experiences of being so tired, itchy, and very upset, there was no way we would ever take a chance on him having palm oil derivatives again.
Tocopherols aren’t usually labeled as to where they are derived from.
Some candy manufacturers are making their new flavors with “Mixed Tocopherols (to Preserve Freshness).” These are typically derived from palm oil.
We avoid all products with tocopherols.
Glycerin and Glycerine cause symptoms
These are ingredients also typically made from palm oil. They are very prevalent in nutrition bars and other types of granola bars.
Glycerin is in hard candy, cough drops, and bar soap.
My son gets congested from products with glycerin and glycerine.
Symptoms from Mono- and Diglycerides
We avoid these ingredients At All Costs. These are man-made ingredients which are often made from palm oil.
Food manufacturers use mono- and diglycerides as a replacement for trans-fats. You will see these ingredients now in ice cream, sherbet, baked goods, Pringles, sliced bread, store-bought baked goods, and many chocolate bars.
Companies use Mono- and Diglycerides to create “mouth feel” in creamy-type products. This ingredient is less expensive than using “real” ingredients such as cream, milk, cocoa butter, etc.
These make my son so incredibly sick even to the point of sometimes changing his personality. He often becomes completely exhausted and wiped out.
They also give him allergy symptoms — congestion, sniffles, sometimes hoarse voice, coughing, etc.
Symptoms from Propylene Glycol
His children’s allergy medicine contains propylene glycol and gave him sore throats as mentioned above.
Another time, we gave him a liquid children’s pain medication because he had a bump on his tongue (he bit it) which was painful.
Afterwards, he had a sore throat.
Regrettably, we continued to give him the medicine every 12 hours for two days.
I finally thought to look at the ingredients and saw there was propylene glycol in it. I couldn’t believe I gave it to him without reading the label.
We stopped giving it to him, and his sore throat was gone the next day.
Symptoms from Lecithin
After my son had a piece of gum that I thought was palm oil free, he started scratching his head — he felt so itchy. It contained lecithin. (Also, chewing gum often contains glycerin or glycol which also can be made from palm oil.)
If you see lecithin in an ingredient list, know that it’s a substance found in the oil component of certain plants. Manufacturers use it as an emulsifier so ingredients don’t separate.
Unless the lecithin is clearly labeled, as in “soy lecithin,” you won’t know if it’s made from palm.
Reactions for palm oil derivatives not on label — including Natural Flavors
Some new symptoms from palm oil are bumps around his nose and/or a recurring sore between his mouth and chin: facial dermatitis. The latest concern has been the ingredients at the source.
The really unfortunate thing about this is that these symptoms occur despite us reading labels. We know the names for palm oil ingredients and avoid them. These reactions occur to foods we think are safe.
So in addition to avoiding the hundreds of ingredient names for palm oil derivatives, we are even concerned about spices, seasonings, cereal, granola bars, and other additives in foods in their Natural Flavors.
When this happens, l email the company about the SOURCE of whatever the questionable ingredient seems to be. Most of the time, companies do not answer.
Sometimes they are responsive enough to check with their Research & Development department who often needs to verify with the supplier.
Each time my son had experienced a reaction, and I checked with the company and they got back to me, the ingredient was treated with or processed with or made from palm oil. The ingredient came from the supplier and didn’t need to be labeled on the final product.
This makes it really daunting to try new foods.
Again, many foods with palm oil and palm oil derivatives are not healthy anyway, so no loss. But he’s a kid and that’s what makes it more difficult. Also, when the palm oil is in the spice, seasoning, or sauce and not clearly labeled, it make it very difficult.
In our home we can control the food; but when we are out, it’s a huge concern.
Nervous to eat new foods
He and I do a good job of reading labels and avoiding problematic foods.
Yet, it’s frightening giving him new foods at home, someone else’s house, or when we have to go out to eat. On vacations, we usually rent a place with a small kitchen. We carry snacks around so we don’t have to eat out as much.
In addition, we try to encourage play dates at friends’ houses around non-mealtimes. We can send him with fruit as well as other safe snacks.
While everyone is always great, we don’t want it to be an inconvenience to anyone. We also don’t want to risk him eating something he can’t have, however, well-meaning the host is trying to be.
Report your symptoms to FDA
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has a MedWatch Voluntary Reporting online form you can complete and submit to easily report your symptoms. You just need to have the product information.
This will create awareness and alert the FDA that palm oil is causing health issues. At the very least, it may make them require companies to list palm oil derivatives on ingredient labels like companies must do in Europe.
Allergic to palm oil
Even though my son has allergic reactions to palm oil, his allergist insists he can’t be allergic to palm oil. The allergist was certain there isn’t a way to test for a palm oil allergy or a palm allergy intolerance.
It’s frustrating because we wanted a solution or a least an allergy test to confirm what we already know. We felt it would validate our findings. Also, it would make companies aware that this is something consumers avoid.
Instead, the allergist ordered blood work for food allergy testing. They ran tests for common food allergies, a cereal panel, a nut panel, and a general foods list for him.
Also, he did a skin prick test for 40+ environmental allergens.
We wanted these tests done but we still knew we needed to eliminate palm oil from our son’s diet.
Palm oil intolerance
Left without a medical name or reason, we continue to avoid all products and foods that contain palm oil and the 500+ names it goes by.
This is very difficult to do, but it can be done.
Scientific name for palm oil
Elaeis guineensis is the scientific name for the palm oil companies use in foods, cleaning products, self-care items and more. It’s commonly known as the African Oil Palm.
The United States Department of Agriculture has a website where you can learn about the classification of plants.
Here is the information for Elaeis guineensis from the Kingdom — Plantae — to the Species — Elaeis guineensis Jacq. (We’ve spelled it out in the next paragraph.)
Coconut oil allergy
There’s concern about coconut allergies being related to palm allergies.
Many people who have a coconut allergy think they should avoid palm oil. Please speak with your doctor.
Also note, if you experience allergic reactions and think you have a coconut allergy or coconut oil allergy, be sure to discuss with your doctor.
It may be interesting to compare the USDA classification for African Oil Palm with Coconut. According to the USDA, both share the same:
Kingdom (Plantae) Plants
Subkingdom (Tracheobionta) Vascular plants
Superdivision (Spermatophyta) Seed plants
Division (Magnoliophyta) Flowering plants
Class (Liliopsida) Monocotyledons
Family (Arecaceae) Palm family
Genus — This is where palm oil and coconut differ:
Genus Cocos L. – Coconut palm
Species — Cocos nucifera L. — coconut palm
Genus Elaeis Jacq. – Oil palm
Species — Elaeis guineensis Jacq. – African Oil Palm
Species — Elaeis oleifera (Kunth) Cortes – American Oil Palm
This is not medical advice; it’s from the USDA’s website. We included it here so you can see the botanical similarities between palm oil and coconut.
Please talk with your doctor if you have allergy symptoms or allergic reactions or get sick after eating certain foods or using certain products.
Coconuts and dates
Also, we are happy he is able to eat dates.
Like palm oil and coconut, dates are also from the Arecaceae palm family, from the genus Phoenix L.
So there really is something about palm oil specifically that causes him to have reactions. What exactly? We still do not know.
Can you have tree nuts and peanuts with a palm oil sensitivity?
In addition to wondering about coconut and palm oil, many worry about allergies to tree nuts and peanuts, and if you should avoid palm oil. Again, please speak with your health team.
We are not advising you to include peanuts or tree nuts in your diet if you are sensitive to palm oil. We are sharing that our situation, our son can have tree nuts and peanuts.
He has been able to have peanuts. Regarding tree nuts, he has safely had cashews, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, and filberts.
We try to only give him peanuts and nuts in the shell with just salt (no other flavorings or ingredients) because they have less processing.
Note, peanut butter often contains palm oil. Read labels before buying. Choose those with just peanuts and salt. Avoid “No Stir” labeling which is code for There Is Palm Oil Inside.
Again, in our situation, even though he is sensitive to palm oil, he is able to have peanuts and tree nuts. If you are sensitive to palm oil, please talk to your doctor about the connection with nuts and peanuts.
MCT oil from palm oil
MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides. These have become very popular in the last decade. People use MCT products in all sorts of ways — as supplements, cooking, etc.
While we have bought coconut oil to cook with, and buy products with coconut, we haven’t tried MCTs from coconut,. We won’t ever buy or try MCTs made from palm oil.
Palm oil sickness
Whether or not someone can be “officially” allergic to palm oil or have a palm oil sensitivity, we are diligent about avoiding it completely.
A sensitivity to palm oil can manifest itself in many ways. Unless you are reading all labels and tracking the all the products you use, you might not be able to pinpoint what is causing symptoms.
Names for palm oil
After doing a lot of online research to learn everything possible about a palm oil allergy or intolerance or sensitivity — there isn’t a lot of information out there because it’s not typically recognized by the medical community — I found an amazing list of alternate names for palm oil.
It’s from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Accreditation Programme.
There are over 500 alternate names for palm oil on it. You will be stunned by all the names palm oil goes by. This is their list. We have a condensed version in the next section for you to print out.
Checking ingredients for palm oil
When we are diligent about following it — checking every single ingredient against the list — he hasn’t had any issues.
I made and printed out a copy and refer to it — literally — in stores before I buy my son anything packaged or processed. I walk around with the list in my purse.
Then at home, before he eats a new packaged food, I double check the ingredients against the list. You can print it here.
All of his hygiene items are palm oil free.
My son and I have learned some of the hidden words for palm oil to look for so that we can scan ingredient lists quickly. This makes it a lot easier. It’s also been helping my son for when he is out places without me.
Also, this helps us to support palm oil free products and to do our part to not support the palm oil industry.
Please note, palm oil can be hidden in “Natural Flavors” on ingredient labels.
Using a palm oil free app
We also use Spoon Guru to double check ingredient lists. This is a free app which scans for palm oil. Many other apps scan for sustainable palm oil. Spoon Guru scans for any palm oil.
Avoiding palm oil if it makes you sick
In addition to using the list, you can:
1) Look for the obvious words:
Palm kernel oil
Hydrogenated palm kernel oil
Red palm oil
Organic palm oil
Organic red palm oil
2) Watch for these ingredients:
Vitamin A Palmitate
Mono- and diglycerides
Sulfates (in non-food items)
3) Look for these prefixes:
4) Know what products usually contain palm oil and palm oil derivatives:
We were shocked to learn how some companies change ingredients and are now including palm oil.
In the last year, HoneyComb Cereal, Peanut M&M’s, and Mr. Goodbar changed ingredients and are now using palm oil.
In addition, several products that didn’t contain palm oil are now discontinued. This is the case with several M&M’s flavors, including Dark Chocolate Mint. We are concerned they are changing ingredients in their Almond M&M’s as well because they have been difficult to find in stores.
Companies that make new flavors and introduce new products often use palm oil derivatives.
They may try to hide them in Tocopherols, Mixed Tocopherols, Tocopherols (to maintain freshness), and Tocopherols / Vitamin E.
6) Support products with Palm Oil Free labeling
Learn which products have earned Palm Oil Free certification and be loyal to them. Tell companies to apply to get their products certified.
Palm oil intolerance means finding palm free solutions
Like our family, you will find some products without palm oil, and you will be loyal to them. This will make it a lot easier.
Be sure to only introduce one new packaged food (or self-care product) at a time.
Even when we checked ingredients closely, sometimes we missed an ingredient or didn’t know an ingredient was made with palm derivatives.
See some of our additional lists of palm oil free products:
If you have allergic reactions to foods and/or self-care items that contain palm oil and palm oil derivatives, it’s a real thing.
It may not be an official diagnosis of being allergic to palm oil, but if it affects you, you should try to avoid it.
We can only hope the FDA takes notice. You can do your part by reporting your symptoms to them.
The increased demand for palm oil is a real issue — most likely for our health and definitely for our environment.
Hopefully some innovative companies will apply for Palm Oil Free certification labeling. They will advertise their brands as “palm oil free” just like companies promote “fat free,” “gluten free,” “no high fructose corn syrup,” etc.
There is a palm oil free certification label you can look for. This company ensures all of the ingredients — down to the source — are free from palm oil. They are registered in 20+ countries.
It can be great marketing for companies, especially when so many packaged products contain palm oil.
We hope more companies will eliminate it from their foods, cleaners, and personal care products.
Palm oil allergy test
Our allergist said there isn’t a palm oil allergy test as there isn’t an available serum-specific IgE to the oil. So officially, you can’t be allergic to palm oil.
He tested our son for all the common food allergies but he didn’t have any except for two false positives, according to the allergist.
Therefore, we continue to perform our own food intolerance test to see what his food sensitivities are. So far, it seems palm oil and palm oil derivatives are the only problem.
We work hard to eliminate personal care products and food with palm oil so he can be healthy. Even though the allergist said he can’t be allergic to palm oil because there aren’t proteins in it, we know our son gets sick from palm oil.
Problem digesting palm oil
We learned palm oil is a medium chain triglyceride (MCT). Through our doctor and online research, we learned MCTs bypass “traditional” digesting.
Meaning, palm oil is absorbed into the bloodstream from the gastrointestinal tract more easily and faster.
This is interesting because depending on the palm oil ingredient, our son has some symptoms almost immediately.
However, we don’t believe it’s solely a digestive issue or something to do with palm oil being a medium chain triglyceride.
Coconut is also a medium chain triglyceride. Our son can tolerate coconut perfectly fine. (Please discuss with your doctor if you suspect a coconut allergy; there are allergy tests for it.)
Or maybe he does have trouble digesting palm oil and palm oil derivatives, but there is something additional that it does to his body. Palm oil seems to be affecting at least one other system.
Some palm oil ingredients give him immediate, traditional allergy symptoms. Some give him a delayed sore throat which leads to a longer-term illness.
There are others that affect his entire body immediately or within 1-3 hours, changing his mood and making him lethargic, sad, feeling a sense of doom, etc.
On separate occasions, when he used deodorant, lip balm, toothpaste, and soap with palm oil derivatives, he had symptoms. Often he became very ill.
Sometimes his reactions happened quickly, within 1 – 5 minutes of using them. Other times, they were delayed. For example, he showered at night with hotel soap and woke up sick.
These ingredients were absorbed into his body and into the bloodstream through his skin, not digested per se.
Palm oil allergy or intolerance
After a year and a half of logging foods and symptoms, we are absolutely certain our son has an intolerance to palm oil.
It’s not a recognized allergen or common intolerance. The allergist focused on other things. For example, increasing Vitamin D exposure from the sun and boosting our son’s overall health with prebiotics.
We are working to improve his gut microbiome. We are giving our more son real, whole, unprocessed foods. For desserts, we bake from scratch. He has learned to do without. In addition, we are learning about ways fermented foods may help.
This is all well and good, yet, we know palm oil affects him negatively.
We want to know why he is sensitive to palm oil.
Palm oil allergy symptoms
My husband and I can watch him be completely fine, and then eat something with palm oil in it, and have symptoms within minutes.
Because of this, we are always researching products without palm oil.
As you may be finding, palm oil is prevalent in the majority of packaged foods as well as personal care items and cleaning products. It’s difficult to live a palm oil free life.
We started this website as a place for others to find products free from palm oil. Also, we wanted to educate others who think they are getting sick from palm oil, think they are allergic to palm oil, or may have a palm oil intolerance.
Please leave a note in the Comments why you searched for this topic. Do you suspect you have a palm oil sensitivity? Why? Please share below.
It doesn’t seem the medical community recognizes people can be sick from palm oil. We are trying to create awareness. As companies use palm oil more and more, consumers are more exposed to it.
Here, we want to give you some simple ways to help discover if you may have an intolerance to palm oil or a palm oil sensitivity.
We also want to encourage you to talk with your healthcare professional and encourage you to report symptoms to the FDA via their online form.
Palm oil is in many products
Demand for palm oil continues to increase. It’s in more products than ever before and goes by hundreds of names.
Palm oil is hidden under many names, in many products, and it’s used in many different ways.
Yet, despite our increased and repeated exposure daily, allergists, pharmacists, and other medical professionals say you can’t be allergic to palm oil.
However, we know for certain it adversely affects our child. Sometimes he “just” has mild symptoms and sometimes he gets really sick from palm oil and derivatives.
How to find out if you have a palm oil intolerance
From our experience, we believe you may be reading food labels and being perplexed as to what is causing you or your child to have symptoms.
Perhaps you’re wondering if it might be palm oil or palm oil derivatives.
In this post, we’ve used our own experience to teach you how to narrow down ingredients to see if it might be palm oil and palm oil derivatives that you are intolerant to.
We continue to update this site daily. Please search for other posts on this site, especially if there is a food, self-care product, or other product you think you react to. We may have written about it.
We are not medical professionals. Please seek medical advice from your physician.
Ways to determine if you have a palm oil intolerance
Keep a food journal.
This is essential and can be a simple notebook. Write down everything you eat each day. Draw a horizontal line to separate out each meal and snack time.
What symptoms do experience?
Do you have any new or unusual symptoms throughout the day? Write down the symptoms in the same notebook you are writing down your foods.
Write your symptoms to the left. If you experience them in the morning, write them closer to the top of the page, near the foods you ate early in the day, etc.
Are there any products you believe are causing you to have symptoms?
Start with what you’ve noticed or what you believe may be the issue. Pay special attention to these products, and be sure to include them along with symptoms in your food log.
Follow your intuition.
Be sure to save all the ingredient labels and packages when you can.
If you can’t save the package or box, take a picture of it. You will want to reference these in the future.
I break down all boxes so they are flat, and I stack them in the cabinet. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve referred to them to reread labels.
So many times, I have gone back to empty boxes and packages to read and compare labels and ingredients.
Sometimes, it was because my son had symptoms; other times I wanted to compare the ingredients from products that didn’t cause him to become sick.
Saving ingredient labels
Once, he got so sick after a party at relative’s home. I was glad I took a picture of the ingredients from the ice cream he ate.
Weeks later, when I found a list of palm oil derivatives online, I went back to look at the picture with the ice cream’s ingredients. Sure enough, it contained mono- and digylcerides. At the time he ate it, I didn’t know these are often made with palm oil.
Only use one new product at a time.
Your body comes into contact with so many different ingredients each day. If you can start figuring out patterns of what makes you ill, you can go back to look for common ingredients in products you’ve used before.
But if you go grocery shopping, and come home with lots of new foods and other products, and use them all in the next few days, it will be very difficult to find out what is causing your symptoms.
Think of it like a science experiment. Keep everything the same and change only one thing (the new product). Watch your variables!
Review all ingredients.
Read the ingredients from everything, including from your soaps, lotions, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant and cosmetics in addition to all food.
Do you drink milk? If so, look for Vitamin A Palmitate. If you drink vitamin or sports drinks, check those labels too.
Be thorough: If it has a label, you must read the ingredients.
When you see something has palm oil or palm kernel oil in it, note that. If you experience symptoms after you eat it or later that day, circle that food.
The more you read labels, the more you will learn what to look for in certain foods, soap, etc.
Reference lists about palm oil derivatives.
There are hundreds of names for palm oil derivatives. The Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme has made a public list for you to reference to help you avoid palm oil.
Palm oil derivatives are in milk (unless it’s whole milk), RTE cereals, candy, bread, baked goods, toothpaste, and so many more things. Start learning what they are.
Sometimes they use it to fortify foods with vitamins, as in the case with milk and cereal.
Other times, they use it to help the consistency, as in peanut butter. In soaps, toothpaste and shampoo, it’s used to create lather and foam.
Again, keep all labels
I cannot overstate the importance of keeping labels. It will help you in different ways.
The first way…
Even after I learned alternate names for palm oil ingredients, sometimes I missed some ingredients.
This happened to me with Glycerin, Glycerine, Tocopherols, Magnesium Stearate, and Mono- and Di-glycerides.
My son got sick from eating products with each of these, and I didn’t know why. I thought they were palm oil free. Palm oil and palm kernel oil weren’t on the labels.
It was only after keeping the food journal for months and looking back at the symptoms that I singled out these foods.
I was able to go back and look through the ingredients again, and that’s when I saw these palm oil derivatives. I knew to not let my son eat them again.
The second way…
So many times, manufacturers change ingredients.
When you save the labels, you will be able to compare the ingredients if you need to.
Also, depending on where you live and where companies are sourcing their ingredients, ingredients and labels often differ.
You may wonder why a processed food that you ate awhile ago with no issues is now causing you to have symptoms. The reason could be a change in ingredients.
More products contain palm oil
There are so many examples of this happening to us. Here are some that come to mind as listed above:
Oreo didn’t used to contain palm oil, and now they do.
Ritz Crackers didn’t use to contain palm oil ingredients but they do now.
Peanut M&M’s didn’t used to contain palm oil but now it’s on their labels.
Post’s HoneyComb Cereal now contains palm oil in the form of Vitamin A Palmitate.
Mr. Goodbar in 2019 uses it but it didn’t used to be on their labels.
Most ice creams and frozen desserts contain Mono- & Diglycerides.
So many other products….
It took us a long time to figure out some palm ingredients. We knew certain foods were causing him to have allergy symptoms but we didn’t know why.
Keeping your labels organized or at least all in the same place will make it easy for you to reference them as you try to figure out what’s causing you to have symptoms.
Avoiding palm oil because of a palm oil sensitivity
Again, it seems the medical community isn’t familiar with palm oil allergy symptoms and palm oil intolerance.
However, when you look online and in forums, including Facebook and other sites, you will find communities of people who avoid palm oil and palm oil derivatives because they get reactions from it.
There are many people who avoid palm oil because of the devastating environmental impacts the palm oil industry has on rainforests, animals and people.
Here we researched palm oil health to learn what the experts had to say.
Palm oil intolerance
For our family, we do all we can to avoid palm oil because of the environmental issues as well.
Also, it’s one thing when palm oil would cause our son to cough and have sniffles. It’s another when he is miserable and sick for days or weeks. It’s a very serious thing to us. We don’t want to have our son be sick.
While he is a healthy eater and does great eating protein, fruits and vegetables, he still eats processed food. He needs to be able to eat safely at a restaurant. We want to be sure he can find safe choices.
We want him to have a piece of candy or gum and not get sick.
Our goal is to find a safe vitamin without palm oil.
He can only use few self-care products. We bring them with us on vacation.
Do you get allergic reactions from palm oil? If so, you are not alone. (Thank you to everyone who has taken a moment to Comment below!)
Depending on the palm oil processing, you may not have allergy symptoms to all food with palm.
To the best of our knowledge, all palm oil products and palm oil causes allergic reactions and affects our son adversely.
Testing for palm oil allergy
Ask your doctor if there are palm oil allergy tests. Can they do allergy testing for palm oil derivatives, such as propylene glycol, ethylene glycol, vitamin E / tocopherol, or others?
Avoiding palm oil
Once you know what products contain palm oil — there are so many more than you think — you will be able to more safely avoid those products.
It’s so important to let companies know we want more products without palm oil and to support palm free products.
Please share your Comments below. Do you get sick from palm oil? Do you think you have an intolerance to palm oil? Why do you think you have a palm oil allergy?
Will you talk to your doctor or healthcare professional about palm oil?
The more attention we bring to this issue, the more manufacturers might start eliminating palm oil from their products.
Already it’s a huge environmental concern.
Discuss palm oil allergic reactions with your doctor
Please note, we are not medical professionals. This is not medical advice. Please consult with your physician about your self-care and food allergy symptoms and the possibility of a palm oil intolerance or palm oil allergy.
Your allergist or other doctor may suggest allergy testing or other tests.
The information is based on my own personal experience. While palm oil causes allergic reactions in our situation, yours may be different. If you have allergic reactions or other symptoms, please consult with your healthcare professional.
We’d love to know your experience with palm oil. Do you think you have a palm oil intolerance or allergy? Do you have reactions from palm oil? Please let us know in the Comments so we can all help each other.
Also, please report your symptoms to the FDA.
Thank you for reading and for being an Informed Consumer!
You have to really read labels to find protein, nutrition, snack and granola bars without palm oil. In addition to palm oil and palm kernel oil, many of them contain palm oil derivatives.
Choose bars without Glycerin, Glycerine, Tocopherols, and Vitamin E (to maintain freshness) on labels. They are usually made from palm oil.
Note “Natural Flavors” can contain palm oil. Avoid ‘filled’ bars and coated bars. Also, chewy bars typically contain palm oil.
Remember, the less ingredients something has, the less likely it contains palm oil. Don’t be swayed by packaging.
Pay particular attention to companies who come out with new flavors. These bars often contain palm oil ingredients.
After cross-referencing their ingredients against hundreds of names of palm oil derivatives, we believe these nutrition bars and granola bars do not have palm oil ingredients.
However, we do not warrant that the ingredient, sourcing, allergen, and product information is accurate or complete. Our information comes from product manufacturers. Certified Palm Oil Free labeling from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme is the only way to determine products are 100% palm oil free.
We continue to contact the companies to confirm and update when we hear back from them.
Granola bars without palm oil
Enjoy Life Foods Crispy Grain & Seed Bars:
Maple Sweet Potato
Enjoy Life Foods Protein Bites:
What’s great about Enjoy Life Foods: They are the first company in the United States in the “Free From” category to earn Palm Oil Free Certification from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme (POFCAP) for all four flavors of their Grain & Seed Bars.
We have not yet heard back from Simply Balanced (Target brand) to confirm this flavor of granola bar is free from palm oil.
We have checked the ingredients, and it seems these bars are made without palm oil.
(Note, my son has been able to eat these bars. However, read the label at the point of purchase — companies often change ingredients — to be sure the ingredients are palm free.)
Finding granola bars without palm oil
Palm oil ingredients go by hundreds of names which often makes them difficult to avoid and eliminate.
However, there are the easy ingredients to spot, those with the word “palm” in it, including:
Palm kernel oil
Vegetable oil (palm)
Vitamin A Palmitate
However, there are derivatives which are often made with palm oil which are more difficult to know to look for.
Unless the company lists the source, you won’t know unless you contact them.
In granola and other bars, these ingredients most often contain palm oil.
Glycerol: This ingredient is usually made with palm, sometimes soybean
Tocopherols:This ingredient can be used as a synthetic Vitamin E supplement or to preserve freshness in foods like granola or fruit bars, cereals, ice cream, and baked goods.
Vegetable oil: Sometimes it will be listed as “Vegetable oil (palm)” and sometimes it will be just listed as generic “Vegetable oil.”
Vitamin E: Sometimes companies will add: To Maintain Freshness. Regardless, Vitamin E often equals palm oil.
Watch for Natural Flavors in snack bars
One major snack bar company told us the Natural Flavors in their Brownie bar contains Glycerin and that the Glycerin is sourced from palm oil.
Most of their other bars contain Glycerin spelled out separately as an ingredient (also made from palm oil).
Homemade granola bars without palm oil
If you want to ensure you are not using palm oil ingredients, you can make bars yourself. There are many recipes online. It’s easy to mix in dried fruit, like raisins and cranberries. If you enjoy nuts, you can add these in along with palm-free chocolate chips, etc.
However, sometimes, we need a fast and easy, grab-and-go snack, which is why it’s great when we can buy snack bars without palm oil.
Granola bars are an easy go-to snack
Granola bars aren’t perishable so they are the perfect snack to put in a lunch bag or to send as a snack to school. They are great for road trips and for outings, really anywhere you need to send a snack. Many consumers enjoy them for breakfast.
Granola, nutrition, fruit and protein bars without palm oil ingredients
Always read labels. Know there are hundreds of alternate names for palm oil ingredients. Please do your best to support these companies and products so they can remain palm-free.
If you get sick from palm oil or you are avoiding palm oil for environmental reasons, you know how difficult it is to find granola bars without palm oil.
Nutrition and granola bars without palm oil ingredients
It’s difficult to find palm-free foods in the dessert and processed foods categories. That’s why we really consider it a big win when we find packaged foods without palm ingredients that we know we can eat safely.
Please, if you know of other nutrition bars and granola bars without palm oil, help us all by listing them in the Comments. We’ll add them to this list. Thank you!
We are not medical professionals. This is not medical advice. Please consult with your physician. The information is based on our own Internet research and reading labels to compare ingredients against the hundreds of names for palm oil derivatives.
Use this list as a starting point; it is not guaranteed unless the label includes Palm Oil Free labeling from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme.
We reached out to each of these companies, specifically asking them about each product and asking questions to confirm ingredients. Please know this list is not guaranteed. Please read labels and perform your own due diligence.
Thank you for being proactive and for read labels. By choosing the palm oil-free bars, we will be making a difference. We look forward to your Comments below.
Many people are surprised to learn how prevalent palm oil ingredients are in breakfast cereal.
It continues to be difficult to find ready-to-eat cereals without palm oil ingredients. While many list “palm oil” in the ingredients, a great many others fortify their cereals with Vitamin A Palmitate, a palm oil derivative.
Vitamin A Palmitate in cereal
An easy way to tell if palm oil is in your cereal is to look at how much Vitamin A is in it. If it’s 10% or greater, it most often contains synthetic Vitamin A.
Then you can quickly look for Vitamin A Palmitate in the ingredients.
Cereal boxes used to list Vitamin A first in their nutrition panel. Now, many companies are putting Vitamin A in the middle making it less easy to spot. Be aware of this!
There are other palm oil ingredients in cereal to watch for which we explain below.
We emailed each of these cereal companies to confirm their cereals are palm oil free. We continue to update this list as we hear back from them.
Also, we continue to add to this list as we learn of additional cereal brands and products. Check back regularly.
Cereals without palm oil
After researching cereals in several grocery stores, including industry-leading cereals and many healthier brands, we’ve found these cereals without palm oil.
Please note, this is from emailing companies and comparing ingredients from a list of palm oil derivatives.
Thanks to Kashi who reviewed their processing aids and double-checked with all of their suppliers, including the ones who provide their natural flavors. They’ve confirmed these Kashi products are 100% free from palm oil derivatives.
Kashi 7 Whole Grain:
Honey Puffs Cereal
Whole Wheat Biscuits:
GOLEAN Peanut Butter Crunch Cereal
Kashi Organic Strawberry Fields Cereal
(Be sure to read Kashi labels. We were disappointed to learn all three of their new Kashi by Kids cereals contain palm oil.)
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran
This is a rare ready-to-eat cereal that is palm oil free. Check the ingredient label before you buy it to be sure it doesn’t contain Vitamin A Palmitate, Vegetable Glycerin, or Palm Oil.
The Raisin Bran Crunch lists “palm oil” in the ingredients.
Some of Kellogg’s other Raisin Bran varieties contain Vegetable Glycerin and Vitamin A Palmitate. So double-check you are buying “regular” Raisin Bran before you buy.
Be sure you are buying Kellogg’s Raisin Bran and not Post’s Raisin Bran. Their boxes are similar! Post Raisin Bran contains Vitamin A Palmitate.”
Quaker Life Cereal
Quisp (Some versions contain Tocopherols; check the label. Don’t buy it if it’s listed.)
Original Spoon Size
Wheat Big Biscuit
Wheat ‘N Bran
Post Original Chips Ahoy!
It was a wonderful surprise to see this new cereal without palm oil. Post makes this Chips Ahoy cereal with canola oil and soybean oil — no palm oil and no added Vitamin A.
Market Pantry: Honey & Oat Clusters and Toasted Cinnamon Squares
Simply Balanced Organic Blueberry Granola with flax
Granola without palm oil
It’s hard to find palm oil free versions of granola because companies add Glycerin, Mixed Tocopherols, and Tocopherols.
According to Erin Baker’s, all of their granola is palm oil free. It’s also Non-GMO Project Certified and gluten free.
Fruit & Nut
Peanut Butter Chocolate
Vanilla Almond Quinoa
Ultra Protein Granola
We are happy to have confirmed with the brand Purely Elizabeth that they offer a wide variety of granola without palm oil.
Ancient Grain Granola:
Banana Nut Butter (The Citric Acid is not derived from palm oil.)
Nut Butter Granola:
Chocolate Sea Salt + Peanut Butter
Maple + Almond Butter
On a personal note, my son gets very sick from anything with palm oil. He loves granola for breakfast and for a snack.
However, we weren’t able to find granola without palm oil until we saw Purely Elizabeth at Target.
We were thrilled! They use real ingredients you can recognize and pronounce.
So far, we’ve tried Purely Elizabeth’s Blueberry Hemp Ancient Grain Granola. We bought it several times from Target and other grocers.
It’s non-GMO and gluten-free and also includes all of these organic ingredients: oats, coconut sugar, raw virgin coconut oil, sunflower seeds, puffed amaranth, hemp seeds, millet flakes, quinoa flakes, chia seeds, and cinnamon.
It tastes amazing! It has more clusters and clumps than mainstream brands which makes it even better. We love it and look forward to trying their other flavors.
Oatmeal without palm oil
We are updating this to include oatmeal, though our original intent was to focus on ready-to-eat cereals.
However, we learned about two companies who had their single-serving size oats certified Palm Oil Free by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Programme.
These Wild Friends’s products have been certified Palm Oil Free by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme.
Single-serving oat containers include a separate packet with nut butter in these flavors:
Peanut Cashew Nut Butter + Oats
Peanut Blueberry Nut Butter + Oats
Almond Cashew Nut Butter + Oats
Almond Cranberry Nut Butter + Oats
Red Ape Cinnamon:
Cinnamon Oatmeal Cup
Purely Elizabeth also offers a variety of single-serving sized cups and regular-sized flavored oatmeal without palm oil.
SuperFood Oat Cups: Apple Cinnamon Pecan; Cranberry Pumpkin Seed; Original
SuperFood Oats: Apple Cinnamon Pecan; Cranberry Pumpkin Seed; Original
Be sure to avoid instant oatmeal packets which usually contain Vitamin A Palmitate. Choose oats you have to cook on the stove.
How to find cereals without palm oil ingredients
You may be avoiding everything with the word “palm” in it. And that’s a great start.
However, when it’s disguised as other names, it gets trickier.
You might not realize there are many other names for palm oil in cereal and other foods.
Usually, most types of fortified cereals will contain palm oil ingredients.
Most contain Vitamin A Palmitate, which is a synthetic vitamin manufacturers make with palm oil.
Fortified cereals sometimes contain Vitamin E in the form of Tocopherols.
Note that Tocopherols and Mixed Tocopherols are also often added to cereals and other products to preserve freshness.
Alternate names for palm oil derivatives in cereal
Once you know what to look for in cereals, it will be a lot easier to find them without palm oil.
Vitamin A Palmitate contains palm oil
If you see a cereal with DV of 10% or more of Vitamin A, most likely it will have Vitamin A Palmitate. This synthetic vitamin contains palm oil.
You will find this palm oil derivative in most of your Kellogg’s and General Mills cereals.
In Post and Quaker, you will see them less often as many of their cereals aren’t fortified with Vitamin A.
(Also, if you add milk to your cereal, watch for Vitamin A Palmitate. It’s added to 2%, low fat, and fat free milks, but not whole milk.)
Palm oil and palm kernel oil
Many Kellogg’s, General Mills, and Post cereals will state palm oil or palm kernel oil right on the ingredients.
Complex flavors such as chocolate, peanut butter, Oreo, etc. often contain palm oil.
Also, watch out for cereals that are coated, waxy or greasy feeling.
All of these will have these ingredients listed with the actual words “palm,” which makes it easier.
Glycerin is made from palm oil
You have to watch out for glycerin in cereals as well. It’s often made with palm oil. Glycerin is common in granola.
Some healthier brands, including Purely Elizabeth as mentioned above, are using better-quality ingredients.
Tocopherols ingredients often contain palm oil
In my quest to find cereals without palm oil, I made many mistakes. Very unfortunately, my son paid the price in terms of getting sick from the palm oil we didn’t know was in the cereals. I bought several varieties of palm-free-seeming cereals, and each one made him sick.
I didn’t know why until I learned tocopherols are often made from palm oil, especially when used in lower cost products.
Tocopherols can be added as a form of Vitamin E and/or to preserve freshness in cereals and other foods.
The symptoms my son had after eating cereals with tocopherols were different from when he consumed the other palm oil ingredients.
While cereals and foods with palm oil gave him immediate congestion and throat clearing, etc., cereals with tocopherols made him completely exhausted and lethargic and caused him to have a few hives. I’ve contacted many companies asking about their tocopherols.
Be sure to read the labels as companies change ingredients in their products.
Palm oil free cereal
As palm oil becomes even more prevalent in products, hopefully there will be more information to help people find products without it.
Cereal is a staple in our house. It’s been a challenge to find cereals without palm oil. We are always on the lookout for more cereals.
We will continue to buy palm free cereal and products. If we are not certain they are, we don’t buy them.
Palm oil free cereals
Please support this list of cereals. We compiled it to make it easier to find cereals without palm oil.
We will be brand-loyal to these cereals and applaud them for using palm-free alternatives.
To the best of our knowledge, after cross-referencing their ingredients against hundreds of names of palm oil derivatives and checking with companies, these cereals do not have palm oil ingredients. However, to be sure a product is palm oil free, it needs to have certified Palm Oil Free labeling.
Please note, content on this site is for reference purposes only. We do not warrant that the ingredient, sourcing, allergen, and product information is accurate or complete. Our information comes from product manufacturers.
Product formulas, ingredients, and labels change. Please read labels and do your due diligence.
We continue to update this regularly.
Honey Comb cereal now contains palm oil
We also remove products when companies change their ingredients as in the case of Honey Comb cereal.
Honey Comb from Post used to be palm free but in mid-2018 they began to fortify it with Vitamin A Palmitate.
Most likely what’s on the shelves now is Honey Comb’s revised product which advertises “It’s Back! Original Flavor.”
The version on the shelf prior to this change (the left cereal box in yellow) did not include palm oil derivatives and was one of the few “sugar cereals” my son could eat. We no longer buy this cereal but bought the remaining boxes from three stores. These are the foods my son eats.
If you know of or find cereals without palm oil, please include them in the Comments so we can support these brands. Why do you avoid palm oil?
It’s a win when you find cookies without palm oil. If you’ve ever been on the quest for baked goods without palm oil ingredients, you know it’s a challenge.
Grocery store bakery cookies most always contain it. Read labels.
Usually, the less chewy the cookie, the better the chance it won’t contain palm oil.
While these cookies are all crunchy, they are still filled with excellent flavor and mouth-feel texture.
To the best of our knowledge, after cross-referencing their ingredients against hundreds of names of palm oil derivatives, these cookies do not have any palm oil ingredients.
We reached out to these packaged cookie companies to confirm; however, this list is not guaranteed. To be certain cookies or any products are palm oil free, they should be certified Palm Oil Free by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme.
Cookies without palm oil ingredients
They use whole grain and don’t contain artificial ingredients or preservatives. They are Non-GMO Project Certified.
Erin Baker’s have confirmed all of their products, including their cookies, are palm oil free.
I am loving Pepperidge Farm now that I know they make palm oil free cookies. Their Thin & Crispy line is available in these flavors, and they are all made without using palm oil ingredients:
Milk Chocolate Chip
Toffee Milk Chocolate
Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies
Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
Usually, just one flavor of cookie will be palm free (if you can find them at all). The fact that Pepperidge Farm makes all four of these without palm oil is amazing.
We bought the Milk Chocolate Chip, and they taste fantastic.
They are filled with rich chocolate chips and have the look of bakery cookies. They are about two and a half inches in diameter.
These cookies contain real ingredients, including Chocolate, Flour, Butter, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Cage-Free Eggs, Baking Soda, Vanilla Extract, and Salt.
MI-DEL Gluten-Free Cookies
These cookies don’t contain palm oil ingredients and are gluten-free.
Arrowroot Animal Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Flavored Ginger Snaps (in California)
They are crunchy and will satisfy your cookie craving.
I’ve never had a gluten-free cookie until trying the Chocolate Chip flavor. They tasted great.
These are about one and a half inches in diameter.
All of MI-DEL’s cookies are 100% peanut free as well.
Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Butter Cookies
Hooray again for Pepperidge Farm! Months ago, I bought a winter holiday version of these Chessmen cookies when I saw they were palm free. I bought them again. They are made without artificial flavors or preservatives.
These are tasty butter cookies usually available with a printed design for the season.
My family loves these cookies.
MI-DEL Simply Mi-Delicious Cookies
This is a great brand to support if you are looking for cookies without palm oil.
Their Simply MI-Delicious line of cookies are 100% palm oil free. They contain organic enriched wheat flour and organic cane sugar.
It’s awesome MI-DEL makes so many cookies without palm ingredients:
Original Ginger Snaps
Original Flavored Ginger Snaps (in California)
(Their “Organic” Ginger Snaps do contain palm oil. Therefore, be sure to buy their Simply MI-Delicious line. It doesn’t say “organic” on the front of the package.)
In addition to making gluten-free breads and snacks, they make these gluten-free cookies without palm oil.
Market Pantry Animal Crackers
One would think all animal crackers would be safe, but they’re aren’t. Even the organic animal crackers at Costco are not.
However, this brand from Target doesn’t list palm oil or palm oil derivatives on the label. They don’t contain artificial flavors, colors or high fructose corn syrup.
I’ve been buying these for months, and while they are somewhat plain — as most animal crackers are — they make for a great school snack.
We are researching and reaching out to more companies and will hopefully be able to add to this list.
Always check ingredients
Companies sometimes change their formulas and use palm oil ingredients because it’s a cheaper oil and it remains semi-solid at room temperature.
As an example, my son used to be able to eat original Oreo cookies safely until they changed their ingredients to include palm oil.
Also, often we assume organic products are made without palm oil but that is not always the case.
Palm oil ingredients in cookies
Whether you buy pre-made cookies from a grocery store, a bakery, Target, Walmart, or from Costco, they will likely have palm oil.
Many times you will see in the ingredients the word “palm,” which makes it easy to avoid them. Examples include:
Palm kernel oil
Vegetable oil (Palm)
So it’s easy to avoid products when you see palm-. Examples are palmitate and palmitoyl.
However, also learn to look for laur-, stear-, and glyc-, as they are usually made with palm oil ingredients.
Check ingredients for cookies without palm ingredients
Verify labels as manufacturers change ingredients. As of this writing, these cookies are made without palm oil or any palm oil ingredients and derivatives.
A representative from Pepperidge Farm replied with a personalized, lengthy email to my specific questions about palm oil and palm oil derivatives in their cookies above.
What he said holds true for all products in all categories:
Product recipes change frequently and ingredients are periodically added and replaced. This makes it difficult to maintain an updated list of products that either contain or lack a particular ingredient.
So while they may change in the future, these cookies above are a good place to start when you are looking for palm oil-free options.
If you know of other packaged cookies without palm oil, please list them in the Comments so we can add them to this list. Thank you!
It’s important we support these lines of palm-free cookies.
We are not medical professionals. This is not meant to be medical advice. Please consult with your physician. Use this information as a starting point as it’s not guaranteed. Read all labels at the point of sale.
The only way to be certain a product is palm oil free is if it has been certified Palm Oil Free by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme.