Palm Oil Free Products List UK

Palm trees

Palm oil is a kind of vegetable oil derived from the fruit of oil palm trees. 66 million tonnes of palm oil is produced each year, making it the most commonly used vegetable oil.

Originating from West Africa, it is now grown throughout Africa, Asia and North and South America, with Indonesia and Malaysia exporting 85% of all palm oil.

According to Greenpeace, palm oil is found in half of all supermarket products. But there are devastating consequences caused by the increased demand for this cheap edible oil.

Palm oil production was responsible for 8 per cent of the world’s deforestation between 1990 and 2008, as forests are cleared to grow oil palms.

UK supermarket Iceland recently released their 2018 Christmas advert, Rang-tan, a short cartoon telling the story of rainforest destruction caused by palm oil production, and its catastrophic effect on the critically endangered orangutan.

The advert was originally created and used by Greenpeace, and has gone viral on social media after apparently being banned from being shown on television for being too political.

The message of the advert has certainly hit home with many of us, and a petition on to “release Iceland’s banned Christmas advert on TV” has more than 950,000 signatures at the time of writing, and looks certain to hit a million signatures soon.

Elephants, rhinos and tigers are also suffering as a result of unsustainable development by the palm oil industry, and if nothing changes, species like the orangutan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers in less than 3 years.

So, as consumers, how can we minimise our use of palm oil products and help save animals like Rang-tan?

As many of us become aware of the impact of palm oil on the environment and wildlife, it makes sense to try not to buy products containing it.

But this is easier said than done when palm oil is found in around 50% of packaged items sold in a typical supermarket.

Palm oil is found in many items on our weekly shopping lists, such as bread, peanut butter, margarine, ice cream, chocolate and instant noodles.

Vegans need to check food such as vegan cheese, which often uses palm oil as a dairy substitute.

Palm oil isn’t just found in food either – many shampoos, shower gels, soaps, moisturisers, washing detergents, toothpastes and even makeup can contain palm oil too.

Luckily, some supermarkets and brands are starting to produce and sell more products without palm-oil.

We’ve compiled a list of palm oil free brands below.

Palm Oil Free Food List

Almond butter

  • Smooth Natural Almond Butter
  • Meridian Crunchy Almond Butter
  • Meridian Smooth Almond Butter
  • Nutural World Smooth Almond Nut Butter
  • Pip & Nut Smooth Almond Butter



  • Bahlsen Choco Leibniz Milk
  • Island Bakery
  • M&S All Butter Cookies
  • M&S Shortbread
  • McVities Rich Tea
  • Traidcraft Geobakes Shortbread Biscuits
  • Traidcraft Half coated Chocolate Shortbread Finger
  • Traidcraft Shortbread Rounds
  • Waitrose Duchy Organic biscuits
  • Walkers Shortbread



  • Iceland own-brand bread
  • Weight Watchers bread
  • Warburtons Danish White
  • Warburtons gluten-free bread

See our overview of where to get palm oil free bread here.



  • St Helen’s Farm goat butter
  • Yeo Valley



  • Booja Booja
  • Chocolat Madagascar
  • Divine
  • Green & Blacks
  • Loving Earth
  • Madécasse
  • Montezuma’s
  • Seed and Bean

See our overview of which chocolate brands are palm oil free here.



  • Amisa Buckwheat Crispbread
  • Kallo Savoury Rice Cakes
  • Paterson’s Rough Oatcakes
  • Real Foods Original Corn Thins
  • Ryvita (except for Multi-Seed Thins)
  • Tesco Multigrain Crackers



  • Trafo Potato Chips
  • RW Garcia Tortilla Chips
  • Mackies Crisps
  • Walkers Crisps
  • Kettle Chips


Dog food

  • Benevo Pawtato Dog Chews
  • Burns
  • Yarrah
  • Benevo
  • Simpsons Premium


Easter eggs

  • Booja Booja
  • Cocoa Loco
  • Divine
  • Montezuma
  • Moo Free
  • Ponchito


Formula milk/Infant formula

  • Kendamil



  • Planet Organic Paleo Super Berry Granola
  • Lizis Original Granola


Granola bars

  • Planet Organic Paleo Chocolate Bliss



  • Essential Trading Onion Gravy Powder
  • Marigold Organic Gravy Mix


Hot chocolate & cocoa

  • Cafedirect San Cristobal Drinking Chocolate
  • Cocoa Loco Hot Chocolate Spoon
  • Divine Cocoa
  • Divine Drinking Chocolate
  • Enjoy Raw Chocolate Hot Cocoa Drink
  • Equal Exchange Fairtrade & Organic Cocoa
  • Green & Blacks Organic Cocoa Powder
  • Green and Blacks Organic Hot Chocolate Drink
  • Hasslachers Bar of Drinking Chocolate
  • Hasslachers Hot Chocolate Drops
  • Suma Prepacks Organic Fairly Traded Cocoa Powder


Ice cream

  • Alder Tree
  • Roskillys
  • Yeo Valley Organic ice cream


Jaffa cakes

  • Kelkin Gluten Free Jaffa Cakes



  • Biona Classic Tomato Ketchup
  • Biona Organic Tomato Ketchup with Agave Syrup
  • Dr Will’s Tomato Ketchup
  • Heinz Tomato Ketchup
  • Meridian Organic Tomato Ketchup
  • Mr Organic Italian Organic Ketchup
  • Mr Organic Naturally Sweetened Tomato Ketchup



  • Naturli Organic Vegan Spreadable
  • Yeo Valley Organic Buttery & Spreadable


Nut butters

  • Biona Almond Butter
  • Carleys Organic Cashew Nut Butter
  • Carleys Organic Raw Rainforest Nut Butter
  • Equal Exchange Peanut Butter
  • Essential Trading Peanut Butter
  • Meridian Cashew Nut Butter
  • Meridian Coconut & Peanut Butter
  • Meridian Organic Almond Butter
  • Meridian Organic Peanut Butter
  • Raw Health Whole Raw Organic Almond Butter
  • Suma Organic Peanut Butter


Nutella alternatives & chocolate spreads

  • Meridian Cocoa and Hazelnut Butter
  • Tiptree Chocolate Spread
  • Venchi Original Chocolate Spread
  • Waitrose Dark Chocolate Spread



  • Paterson’s Rough Oatcakes


Olive oil spread

  • Pure Dairy Free Olive Spread


Peanut butter

  • Equal Exchange Peanut Butter
  • Essential Trading Peanut Butter
  • Meridian Coconut & Peanut Butter
  • Meridian Organic Peanut Butter
  • Suma Organic Peanut Butter

See our overview of which peanut butter brands are palm oil free here.


Puff pastry

  • Cooks’ Ingredients Frozen Butter Puff Pastry Blocks


Stock cubes & powder

  • Suma Organic Reduced Salt Vegetable Bouillon Powder
  • Suma Organic Vegetable Bouillon Powder
  • Vecon Vegetable Stock



  • Biona Organic
  • Truede Turkish Delight
  • YumEarth


Vegan butter/margarine/spread

  • Naturli Organic Vegan Spreadable
  • WayFare Foods
  • Mouse’s Favourite


Vegan sausages

  • Vegusto
  • VegiDeli Gourmet Meat Free Sage & Marjoram Style Sausages



  • Old El Paso


Palm Oil Free Toiletries & Cosmetics List

African black soap

  • Cebra Ethical Skincare African black soap


Anti-dandruff shampoo

  • Avalon Organics Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
  • Lamazuna Scots Pine Solid Shampoo Bar



  • Earth Conscious
  • Natural Deodorant Co
  • PitRok
  • Salt of The Earth
  • We Love the Planet
  • Weleda Deodorant


Emulsifying wax

  • Infinity Ingredients


Eye cream

  • dieNikolai Eye Serum
  • PHB Ethical Beauty Anti-Aging Eye Gel
  • Green People Age Defy Line Eraser Lip & Eye Serum


Face wash

  • Conscious Skincare Face Wash
  • PHB Ethical Beauty Anti-Aging Facial Cleanser for All Skin Types
  • PHB Ethical Beauty Gentle Facial Tonic for Sensitive Skin & Eczema
  • Friendly Soap Natural Cocoa Butter Facial Soap Bar
  • Friendly Soap Natural Shea Butter Facial Soap Bar
  • Optiat Lemongrass Lifter Coffee Scrub
  • Optiat Mouthwatering Mandarin Coffee Scrub
  • Optiat Potent Peppermint Coffee Scrub
  • Optiat Vanilla Velvet Coffee Scrub
  • Tropika 100 percent Natural Nourishing Coconut Cleansing Oil
  • PHB Ethical Beauty Gentle Cleanser for Sensitive Skin & Eczema


Goat milk soap

  • All Natural Soap Co
  • Cyril’s Soap Shed


Hand cream

  • Mount Purious Gardeners Green Finger Hand Balm
  • Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm
  • Fruits of Nature Hand Lotion


Hand wash & liquid soap

  • Fruits of Nature Hand Wash
  • Nilaqua Instant Hand Sanitiser Plus


Moisturiser & face cream

  • Conscious Skincare Day Cream Moisturiser
  • Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm
  • Fushi BioVedic Radiance Face Cream
  • Fushi Organic Black Cumin Seed Oil
  • Fushi Organic Castor Oil
  • Fushi Organic Evening Primrose Oil
  • Fushi Organic Flax Seed Oil
  • Fushi Organic Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
  • PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Repair Gel with Aloe & Lavender


Shampoo & shampoo bars

  • Avalon Organics
  • Ecozone Organic Baby Shampoo
  • Friendly Soap Natural Shampoo Bar
  • Lamazuna Scots Pine Solid Shampoo Bar
  • Living Naturally Coconutty Soapnut Shampoo Bar
  • Tints Of Nature Dry Shampoo

See our overview of which shampoos are palm oil free here.



  • Dalit Handmade Soaps
  • Friendly Soap
  • Incognito Luxury Soap
  • Living Naturally
  • Oliva Olive Oil Soap
  • Suma Handmade Natural Soap



  • Georganics Natural Toothpaste
  • Green People Fennel & Propolis Toothpaste
  • Green People Organic Children’s Toothpaste
  • Jack N’ Jill Fluoride Free Natural Toothpaste
  • Lamazuna Solid Toothpaste
  • Sarakan Fluoride Free Toothpaste

See our overview of which toothpaste brands are palm oil free here.


Palm Oil Free Cleaning & Dishwashing Products List

Dishwasher tablets

  • Ecozone Brilliance All in One Dishwasher Tablets
  • Ecozone Dishwasher Tablets Classic
  • Ecozone Ultra All-In-One Dishwasher Tablets


Washing powder

  • Ecoegg Laundry Egg
  • Ecozone Ecoballs
  • Ecozone Kit Colour Oxygen Laundry Tablets
  • Ecozone Laundry Tablets
  • Ecozone Non-Bio Laundry Capsules
  • Ecozone Soap Nuts
  • Living Naturally Organic Soapnuts


Washing up liquid

  • Ecoleaf Washing Up Liquid
  • Ecozone Washing Up Liquid
  • Greenscents Washing Up Liquid


Is There Palm Oil In…

This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication, but brands may change their ingredients in the future.

  • Aveeno – Yes, Aveeno contains palm oil.
  • Doritos – Yes, Doritos usually contain palm oil. It is often labelled as “vegetable oil”.
  • Dove Soap – Yes, Dove soap contains palm oil.
  • Greggs vegan sausage roll – Yes, Greggs’ vegan sausage roll contains palm oil.
  • Justin’s Almond Butter – Yes, Justin’s Almond Butter contains palm oil.
  • Kinder – Yes, Kinder eggs contain palm oil.
  • Kit Kats – Yes, Kit Kats contain palm oil.
  • Lindt – Yes Lindt chocolates contain palm oil
  • Marmite – No, Marmite does not contain palm oil.
  • Nutella – Yes, Nutella contains palm oil.
  • Pringles – Yes, Pringles contain palm oil.
  • Oreos – Yes, Oreo cookies contain palm oil.
  • Quaker Oats – Yes, Quaker Oats contain palm oil.
  • Quality Street – Yes, Quality Street chocolates contain palm oil.
  • Quorn – Yes, Quorn contains palm oil.
  • Walkers Crisps – No, Walkers Crisps do not contain palm oil.
  • Yankee Candle – Yes, Yankee Candles contain palm oil.


Names for Palm Oil

Currently there isn’t any law that requires manufacturers to clearly list “Palm Oil” in the ingredients list or write “Contains Palm Oil” on the packaging.

Palm oil is often hidden in ingredients lists since lots of different ingredients can contain or be derived from palm oil.

Here’s a list of different names for palm oil and ingredients that often come from palm oil:

  • Asorbyl Palmitate
  • Cetyl Palmitate
  • Elaeis Guineensis
  • Emulsifier – can contain palm oil
  • Etyl Palmitate
  • Fractionated Palm Oil
  • Glyceryl
  • Glyceryl Stearate
  • Hydrated palm glycerides
  • Octyl Palmitate
  • Organic Palm Kernel Oil
  • Palm Fruit Oil
  • Palm Kernel
  • Palm Kernel Oil
  • Palm Kernel Olein
  • Palm Kernel Stearin
  • Palm Stearine
  • Palmate
  • Palmitate
  • Palmitic acid
  • Palmitoyl Oxostearamide
  • Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3
  • Palmityl Alcohol
  • Palmolein
  • Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil
  • Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate
  • Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye
  • Sodium Kernelate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate
  • Sodium Lauryl Lactylate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
  • Sodium Palm Kernelate
  • Stearate
  • Steareth -2
  • Steareth -20
  • Stearic Acid
  • Vegetable fat – can contain palm oil
  • Vegetable oil – can contain palm oil
  • Vitamin A Palmitate

40 names for palm oil

Where to Buy Palm-Oil Free Products


Natural make-up and skincare website Ecco Verde has a great range of palm-oil free toiletries and beauty products.

This website has a large range of everyday items such as toothpaste (including a variety for children), soaps and moisturisers.

There are also some high quality beauty products, such as facial serums, shaving products, face masks, sunscreen and lipsticks.

Prices start at around £2 for a body lotion.

Ethical Superstore

Snacks such as biscuits and crisps often contain palm-oil, but it can be hard to cut snacks out of our diet altogether.

Online shop Ethical Superstore stock a wide variety of palm-oil free snacks, perfect for lunch boxes and when you’re on the go.

Most of the snacks are also vegan friendly, gluten free and additive free, so they’re a healthier alternative to regular crisps and biscuits too.

For example, Hippeas Organic Far Out Fajita Chickpea Puffs contain only 90 calories per serving, so they’re better for your waistline as well as the environment.


Iceland have not only raised awareness of the devastating impact of the palm oil industry on orangutans and other wildlife with their Rang-tan advert and ‘Choose a Christmas without Palm Oil’ campaign, the supermarket has now removed or replaced palm oil from the majority of their own brand foods.

To make it easier to shop for products that are free from palm-oil, Iceland have a green ‘No Palm Oil’ badge displayed on packaging and online.

The large range of food includes ready meals, biscuits, ice cream, pizzas and a ‘No Palm Oil’ Christmas range, so you can stock up on festive favourite such as mince pies with a clearer conscience this Christmas.

Iceland has also stated, “By the end of 2018, 100% of our own brand food will contain no palm oil. We are the first UK supermarket to commit to removing palm oil from all own brand food.”


What is palm oil?

Palm oil is an ingredient found in about half of the foods that you can find in the supermarket nowadays, as well as other household products such as soap, makeup, shampoo and cleaning products.

It has been used as an industrial lubricant, in biofuels for cars and the Bank of England even considered using it in the new £20 note.

Oil palm trees can be harvested all year round and give higher yields of oil than most crops, making it an extremely popular option for manufacturers in a range of industries. It is also a highly versatile oil with applications in a huge range of areas.

The oil comes from bunches of fruit that grow on the oil palm trees, while palm kernel oil comes from the seeds inside these fruits.

It is an edible vegetable oil extracted from two species of palm tree originally native to Africa. In the 19th century, the trees were introduced to South-East Asia.

Indonesia and Malaysia are the world’s two largest palm oil growers and exporters today, but there are concerns over how the crop is affecting their natural landscapes.

Why is palm oil so controversial

Why is palm oil so controversial?

While palm oil has been in use for a long time among African and Asian populations, only recently has it become a major concern for environmental groups.

Since the 1960s, mass food production and other industries have increasingly turned to palm oil because its high yields make it a cheap and economically efficient crop. However, this boom in industry has come with real environmental and social costs.

The main problem when it comes to palm oil is deforestation.

As palm oil demand grows ever larger, space must be made for plantations, and this is often achieved by burning or logging natural rainforests to create farmlands.

Indonesia is losing its forests at a higher rate than anywhere else in the world; according to Palm Oil Investigations, Indonesia had an average natural forest loss of 917,000 hectares per year between 2009 and 2013, more than half of which was due to illegal land clearing.

Although some palm oil plantations have been placed over previously used farm land, The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization suggests that from 1990 to 2005, 55%–59% of oil palm expansion in Malaysia, and at least 56% in Indonesia, destroyed old growth forests.

This has had a devastating effect on wildlife species that are losing their habitats, posing a serious risk to biodiversity, especially since palm oil is largely grown in the species-rich tropics.

The orangutan in the most iconic face of the palm oil crisis, and has been pronounced critically endangered as a result of massive population loss as they lose their habitats and starve to death, or are killed as pests by plantation companies.

It’s estimated that 100,000 orangutans were lost between 1999 and 2015, with 50% of the Bornean orangutan population affected by extraction of natural resources.

The Sumatran tiger, elephants, rhinos, birds and butterflies are also suffering under the effects of habitat destruction and killings associated with the industry.

There are also pollution concerns related to the slash and burn techniques used to get clear land as quickly as possible.

In 2013, Singapore – situated at the tip of the Malaysian peninsula – was subject to thick smog that smelled of burned wood and was caused by illegal forest fires on Sumatra.

The air pollution from forest burning can cause health risks, ranging from minor (eye irritation) to severe, including increased risk of cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular illness.

While U.K. residents may not be personally subject to those health risks from fires in South-East Asia, air pollution that continues at such high rates will surely affect the Earth’s atmosphere as a whole, as time progresses.

Some small farmers and labourers have benefitted economically, with a higher standard of living and improved infrastructure working oil palm as a cash crop; according to the WWF, 45% of the Indonesian palm oil industry is made up of smallholders who have relied on the industry to lift them out of poverty.

On the other hand, other social consequences of the industry are concerning.

Workers and children have been exploited and subject to forced labour, unsafe working conditions and unreasonable demands, says Amnesty International.

There have also been documented occasions when land was taken from indigenous peoples to farm oil palm without adequate compensation or permission, and other instances where locals have been harassed by the industry over land disputes.


Are alternatives to palm oil even worse?

Before deciding to take drastic action and becoming an anti-palm oil activist, it’s important to stop to think about why the crop has become such a major industry in the first place, and what the alternatives might be.

A June report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Oil Palm Task Force has complicated the problem by suggesting that replacing it with alternative crops may actually create more environmental damage than palm oil already does.

One reason oil palm become such a juggernaut was its efficiency.

The “Oil Palm and Biodiversity” report makes the point that oil palm gives very high yields compared to other common oil crops, such as rapeseed, sunflower and so on, which can require up to nine times as much land to gain a similar quantity of oil.

Currently, oil palm contributes 35% of the world’s vegetable oil demand, using only 10% of the land used to grow oil crops.

“Palm oil is decimating South East Asia’s rich diversity of species as it eats into swathes of tropical forest,” said Erik Meijaard, report lead author and Chair of IUCN’s Oil Palm Task Force.

“But if it is replaced by much larger areas of rapeseed, soy or sunflower fields, different natural ecosystems and species may suffer. To put a stop to the destruction, we must work towards deforestation-free palm oil, and make sure all attempts to limit palm oil use are informed by a solid scientific understanding of the consequences.”

“When you consider the disastrous impacts of palm oil on biodiversity from a global perspective, there are no simple solutions,” said IUCN Director General Inger Andersen.

“Half of the world’s population uses palm oil in food, and if we ban or boycott it, other, more land-hungry oils will likely take its place. Palm oil is here to stay, and we urgently need concerted action to make palm oil production more sustainable, ensuring that all parties – governments, producers and the supply chain – honour their sustainability commitments.”

According to the report, outlawing palm oil could just displace the biodiversity loss already inflicted, as the expansion of replacement crops would simply take place elsewhere across the globe.

Banning the use of palm oil could also have diplomatic and economic implications, as discovered when Malaysia threatened retaliation over an E.U. plan to ban palm oil in biofuels.

Additionally, there are claims that oil palm requires fewer pesticides and chemical fertilizers than other crops – although chemical usage has had some negative effects in the industry.


Can palm oil be sustainable?

This Christmas, frozen food chain Iceland planned to run a cartoon TV advertisement about the devastating effect that palm oil farming has had on the orangutan, which can only be found wild in the forests of Sumatra and Borneo, but the ad was banned on the grounds that it was too political.

The supermarket’s managing director Richard Walker has said that he doesn’t believe that a sustainable palm oil exists on the mass market, as has moved to remove palm oil from the company’s range.

“Certified sustainable palm oil does not currently limit deforestation and it does not currently limit the growth of palm oil plantations. So until such a time as there is genuinely sustainable palm oil that contains zero deforestation, we are saying no to palm oil,” he told the BBC. So, is Walker right in when he says there is no such thing as sustainable palm oil today?

Of course, small-scale, traditional palm oil producers have extracted and sold their product for centuries without deleterious effects, but the huge industry of mass oil production is another matter.

If you are used to reading the fine print on product packaging, you may have seen labels for “sustainable palm oil,” but what does that really mean?

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established in 2004 with the aim of creating a more environmentally sound alternative, without sacrificing the livelihoods of industry workers.

Approximately 20 percent of palm oil is now certified through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) although there have been serious credibility questions levelled at the organization.

The RSPO certification allows for some deforestation, and some have claimed that it allows the industry to continue its destructive methods under cover of so-called sustainable certification.

In July, Greenpeace published a report alleging that the organization lacks transparency and that some of its members have been refusing to divulge their palm oil suppliers.

Another report by the Environmental Investigation Agency revealed a series of problems, including lack of organizational oversight, substandard assessments, conflicts of interest, and incompetent or negligent audit practices.

Research recently published in Environmental Research Letters found that, “No significant difference was found between certified and non-certified plantations for any of the sustainability metrics investigated… to achieve intended outcomes, RSPO principles and criteria are in need of substantial improvement and rigorous enforcement.”

The scientists particularly looked at orangutan decline in certified sustainable regions and found no improvement over standard industry practices, due to vague criteria and minimal punishment for rulebreakers.

The International Labor Right Forum has also reported that the RSPO has done little to enforce working standards, with human rights and labor violations present even at certified plantations.

According to the IUCN, “Certified palm oil has so far proven to be only marginally better in terms of preventing deforestation than its non-certified equivalent, but the approach is relatively new and holds potential for improving sustainability.”

So, with all this disappointing information, was Iceland right to ban palm oil storewide? Two academics at the University of Kent back up the IUCN in their assessment that outright banning palm oil may be counterproductive.

Dr Jake Bicknell and Dr Matthew Struebig, from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Biology at the university, and who are working with sustainable palm oil certification bodies, have suggested that, “Iceland’s move to ban palm oil products, rather than work with the industry to seek sustainably sourced solutions, could be viewed as a step backwards. Environmentally conscious consumers should demand palm oil from certified sources, but avoiding it altogether runs the risk of putting pressure on other crops that are equally to blame for the world’s environmental problems.”

“Compared to other sources of vegetable oil (e.g. rapeseed and soybean oil) palm oil yields up to five times the oil per unit of land, and requires far less pesticide and fertiliser. This means, in order to feed the world, palm oil is actually part of the solution, because fewer resources are required.”

The IUCN puts forward a range of recommendations that don’t necessarily involve boycotting palm oil altogether.

Some of their suggestions include:

  • Move toward using land that doesn’t need to be deforested for farming to begin. Improved planning and better management of land.
  • Conservation-oriented government policies in relevant countries.
  • Ensuring that sustainability commitments are actually honored and transparently reported.
  • Limit demand for non-food palm oil applications to curb potential rises in demand from the biofuel market.


Does palm oil come from palm trees?

When we hear the words ‘palm oil’, most of us would assume that this refers to the oil extracted from a palm tree. However, things aren’t quite that simple.

Palm oil does come from palm trees, but only from particular species, namely Elaeis guineensis, Elaeis oleifera and Attalea maripa.

Some people assume that ‘palm trees’ are a single species, but in fact there are lot of different species that come under this umbrella.

Arecaceae, or palms, are a family of plants that include several species of palm trees as well as shrubs, climbers and stemless plants.

Palm oil is primarily produced from Elaeis guineensis, a species of palm tree also known as the African oil palm. This tree is native to west and southwest Africa, but has been introduced in southeast Asia and Central America.

Palm oil can also be produced from Elaeis oleifera and Attalea maripa, two other species of palm tree.

These trees have a palm fruit and palm kernel (the seed), which both contain palm oil.

4 thoughts on “Palm Oil Free Products List UK”

  1. Sadly, many, many of Iceland’s own brand products contain hydrogenated vegetable oil whereas other supermarkets have removed it from all their own brand products and clearly and proudly display this on their labels. All the product ingredients are listed online when ordering, however, it is a laborious task to check everything before buying and one you would need good eye sight for if you were in store. Brownie points to them for removing palm oil from their own brand products (although I have never noticed the logo mentioned) and the useful article above may veer people in the direction of considering buying their own brand products, but be aware, it’s a shame that they still use hydrogenated vegetable oil, hence a huge reduction in potential sales from me and I’m sure many others. Come on Iceland, you are off to a good start, but catch up, please 🙂

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