Going palm oil free
Is it possible to completely avoid palm oil?

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Day 36 – ASKing questions, being selfish – and the Eden Project

March 24, 2010

It seems that a palm oil free diet is not too bad if you can be selfish. Cook all your meals and bake all your bread fresh at home. Turn down anything you’re offered (and it’s always the nice stuff – cakes, biscuits, chocolate …) and only eat what you have vetted, or what you […]

Day 16 – a transgression?

March 4, 2010

It was Tuesday – feeling virtuous, I put the breadmaker on for my palm oil free fresh “homemade” bread, went for a run, and came back to tuck into my bread with peanut butter. Until now I’ve extolled the virtues of SunPat peanut butter, the only main brand in the shops clearly labelled with no […]

Day 7 – Pizza, chips … and thank you

February 23, 2010

Today I had to go for quick easy food. Going palm oil free would be easier if I could prepare fresh food every day, but we can’t expect everyone to have that kind of lifestyle. I, for one, don’t. As I went to my local corner store, I was faced with the awkward dilemma of […]

Day 3 – Shiny solutions and caramel squares

February 19, 2010

Today I was at work – no chance to cook, prepare or buy food for myself; at the mercy of the staff restaurant and work colleagues. On a day full of birthdays the office was brimming with biscuits, cookies, breadsticks and cakes, all oozing with palm oil. Or, so I thought … fortunately for me […]

Day 2 – bagels, takeaways and hot chocolate

February 19, 2010

Another dilemma – today I had bagels in the freezer. These were fresh bakery-made Sainsbury’s bagels, and I hope that because they were made on-site they don’t have palm oil. But I don’t *know* that. Here’s the real difficulty. Go to google, run a search on ‘Sainsbury’s bagels “palm oil” ‘. Where does the number […]

Lent day 1 – Bread

February 17, 2010

And so the challenge started today – Ash Wednesday, day 1 of Lent. Cereal – switched to Weetabix, check. Cereal bars in morning – a no-go, switched to yoghurt, check. Tea tonight – leftover pasta, Dolmio sauce and tuna. No garlic bread tonight though … check. But what about lunch, and my sandwiches? Yesterday’s photo […]

Palm Oil Free Lent?

February 16, 2010

Last year I wrote a lot about individual products and palm oil content. I learnt a lot and have been able to get a good understanding of the products and brands that contain, or are most likely to contain, palm oil. But can I avoid it completely? The blog initially set out to do just […]


October 21, 2009

So most of my blog so far has been about supermarket shopping. But what of food we consume out of the home? Focusing today on Starbucks – not because it is a huge food retailer, but because it is a huge retailer, and my personal hangout of choice. Love them or hate them, they are […]

I can’t believe it’s not palm oil …

September 27, 2009

Another week’s shopping done and the same problems of choice, but this time a new and difficult one: margarine. Now I know that margarine is just fat, so, manufacturers, please don’t tell me in the ingredients it just contains vegetable oils/fats … Let’s look at the main sellers in the UK Bertolli (the olive oil […]

Letter from America

September 13, 2009

Apologies for the lack of updates – I am currently on holiday in the US. But of course the issue of palm oil in food is worldwide. Today’s focus is on palm oil products and their positioning … but first an excuse to present the raconteur of the original and best Letter from America: Alastair […]