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Is it possible to completely avoid palm oil?

Day 5 – bread and butter

Five days in and I’m continuing to enjoy delicious palm oil free bread from my new breadmaker. I should add a line of caution though …

Using individual ingredients (flour, water, yeast, salt, sugar, sunflower oil, skimmed milk powder) is guaranteed palm oil free. But the ready made mixes may not be. Sainsbury’s mix for brown bread (purchased today) is fine, but some others, such as cheese and onion breads and focaccias, are not. As always, it’s down to scrutinising labels.

And then there’s butter. There is Lurpak spreadable in the fridge, but I couldn’t tell from the ingredients if it was palm oil free. So, my bread and cheese for lunch was eaten with no butter or margarine. And, fresh from the machine and still moist, that was fine.

But I’d forgotten my own research! I look into these issues, campaign and blog about them, and even I forgot which butters were OK from earlier in this very blog. So, I have the Sainsbury’s equivalent with no real need to have bought it. Another plus for Sainsbury’s though, their clear labelling meant that I trusted them more than I did Lurpak.

And, after a bad week, I have realised there is Green and Black’s ice cream in the freezer. Many ice creams contain palm oil. Green and Blacks, thankfully, does not. Email from last year from G&B checked … ingredients list checked … all is well.

5 Responses to “Day 5 – bread and butter”

  1. I a;so made my own bread today, for the first time in 20 odd years, Allinsons premium extra strong flour, fresh yeast scrounged from Asda. Oh, it is so good. Added oil or fat of any sort is not needed if the bread is used quickly, which it is likely to be as home baked is incredibly more-ish.

    I spread mine with Kerrygold spreadable butter. Guaranteed free from ALL vegetable oils.

    I did find a part baked French stick at my local corner shop which was oil free the other day.

    My daughter says she has checked all the Peanut Butters she found in Sainsburys and SunPat were the only ones which hadn’t had the peanut oil replaced with “vegetable” oil – so safe.

    I continue to use the foods I already have in storage, but am not replacing those which contain the dreaded substance. My choice of food reduces daily. Quick shops are a thing of the past.

  2. Great to know others are going through the same thing as I am – in your case Angela it seems almost exactly the same, down to the same brand of flour!

    Exactly right about peanut butter – genuinely surprised that Sun-Pat were the good guys compared to other brands out there … and exactly right about the demise of quick shops too. Keep it up!

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  4. Hey!
    Well I guess you’ve probably been following the whole Nestle – palm oil affair recently. It’s amazing but I never realised how many products actually contain palm oil!
    I will be reading labels a lot closer from now on. So how did you manage over lent? Easter Sunday is coming up so did you succeed?
    Keep it up though because you’re showing everyone that palm oil is not needed!

  5. I too am in the process of ejecting palm oil from my cupboards – I do use organic butter, not kept in fridge, but now that Waitrose have no longer got Minerva on their shelf I don’t know where I can buy it as an alternative. Health shops like H & b dont seem to realize that palm oil is evil and Minerva are slow to advertise their PO-free status. Now I find that my beloved Swedish Glace has ‘vegetable oil’ among the ingredients! Help.

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