Many of the foods we consume on a daily basis contain one cancerous ingredient that can cause fatal consequences – palm oil. Every day, millions of people enjoy products from trusted brands that are highly popular around the world. However, these foods also hide a secret – they contain palm oil, a potential health hazard that may seriously hurt you. According to experts, palm oil shouldn’t be allowed in food – it should be immediately listed as a carcinogen!
Here are the most popular foods that contain this oil:
- Nutella cream
- Tuc biscuits
- La Buena Maria de Fontaneda biscuits
- Ferrero Rocher
- Kinder Bueno
- Kinder Surprise
- Nestle junior milk
- Cassa di Mama pizza
- Sugus candy
- Kellogg’s Special K Cereal Fruit & Yogurt
- Tulip margarine
- Flora margarine
- Knorr seafood cream
- Knorr cheese tortellini
- Nestle Estrelittas cereal
- Dhul tiramisu
Why is palm oil dangerous?
According to a recent American study, there’s a link between the consumption of palm oil and higher rates of cardiovascular disease mortality. The study found that each kilogram of palm oil is responsible for 68 deaths per 100 000 people in several countries with low spending power. The number was reduced to 17 in countries with higher spending powder.
As explained by Maria Garriga, a nutritionist at the service of Endocrinology at the Hospital Ramon y Cajal in Madrid, palm oil contains 50% saturated fat, which increase the levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood. “The higher the level of saturated fats in the blood, the greater the risk of coronary heart disease”,Garriga says.
Barilla, Italy’s biggest bakery and confectionery company, was forced to pull back its production of palm oil after the European Authority for Food Safety published a study which found a link between the oil and some types of cancer. The study showed that the oil is subjected to temperatures over 200 C which destroys its taste and smell. At these temperatures, the oil releases carcinogens which can alter our DNA and harm our health.
The study also led one of the biggest Italian supermarket, Coop, to boycott products that contain palm oil, and other supermarkets followed their example as well. One of the products removed from the shelves was the popular Nutella cream (by Ferrero).
Why is palm oil used?
In the early 2000s, manufacturers began replacing animal fats from their products with hydrogenated fats and palm oil as they supposedly represented a health hazard. “There were other options beside palm oil, but they were more expensive. A ton of olive oil costs 3 500 euros, while sunflower oil costs 900 and palm oil costs 650. It is the cheapest oil and this is exactly the reason why the industry chose it,” it was written in one study on the oil.