Ice cream

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A frozen dessert

commonly known as ‘ice cream’—

strange ingredients!

Most of us know that our food is packed with hidden preservatives and magic chemicals to create just the right flavors and textures.  PALM OIL recently came to my attention.  Did you know that about 50% of packaged supermarket items contain palm oil or a derivative?  It’s the derivative part that catches you if you want to avoid palm oil as there are many chemicals out there that are usually made of palm oil (such as propylene glycol). There are several lists of palm oil derivatives on the internet—one is provided by Palm Oil Investigations.

Another key fact (besides the prevalence of palm oil derivatives) is that global production of palm oil doubled over the last 10 years.  It seems to be used in all kinds of products.  Palm oil trees are typically grown on large plantations which are established after clearing tropical forests, often with fire.  These massive clearings destroy animal and human habitats (homes of orangutans, elephants, tigers and rhinos, for example) and seriously reduce the planet’s ability to absorb CO2.