Alternatives to Palm Oil


If you read my recent blog post about palm oil you likely learned about the tremendous global and ethical issues production is causing. The matter is dark and unethical and needs to be rectified, but this can only happen if we cut down on demand. We, as consumers, have a responsibility to be educated on our purchases; companies only produce more of what their consumers want -- so by demanding less and using fewer (or no) products with palm oil and its derivatives, we can slow demand, slow down production and in turn encourage sustainable and ethical practices. 

What can we do to help? 

  • Stop using products that contain palm oil and its derivatives
  • Only purchase palm oil with the RSPO label (this is the gold standard in terms of ethics and sustainability!)

There are better alternatives out there!

  • Coconut Oil -- Also high in saturated fat and lauric acid, unrefined organic virgin coconut oil has a plethora of health benefits that far exceed those of palm oil. It's incredible for hypothyroid support, digestion improvement, immune health, heart disease prevention, and weight loss, while also boasting hydrating and nourishing benefits for the hair and skin. Coconut oil is also antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal -- making it a great alternative to palm oil in products such as shampoos and household cleaning agents. *Insider secret: I melt coconut oil and pour it over fresh organic popcorn with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and Himalayan salt and it's divine!*
  • Olive Oil -- Extra virgin olive oil is without a doubt one of the healthiest oils in the world. It's anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, heart-healthy, and has been proven to have beneficial effects on blood sugar and insulin sensitivity, and it also contains significant levels of omega-3s, vitamin E and antioxidants. Olive oil is a staple in the Mediterranean diet and look at how happy and healthy that part of the world is!
  • Avocado Oil -- Avocado oil is gaining popularity for its numerous health benefits and versatility; it's best known for its heart healthy fats and abundance of antioxidants! Since it's light in flavour, avocado oil is great in salad dressings and drizzles over just about anything -- and its high smoke point allows it to be a perfect match for frying and sautéing. Try it out and see for yourself!
  • Organic, Grass-Fed Ghee -- Palm oil is a large component in margarine because it cuts the cost of production and its solid fat profile is suitable for the desired consistency. Margarine is highly processed and has very little nutritional value, while ghee has a much broader spectrum of health benefits (more so than organic, grass-fed butter). Ghee's high smoke point makes it suitable for sautéing and frying, it's lactose and casein free, and it's packed with fat-soluble vitamins and beneficial medium-chain fatty acids. Just make sure you only buy organic, grass-fed ghee and that it's from a reputable company you can trust -- or better yet, buy it straight from the farm!

Voila -- education in under 10 minutes! After reading this, I hope you all know there are other alternatives to palm oil -- in fact, most are far better options. 

Are you going to make the switch? I'd love to hear your thoughts below!

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Peace, self-love, and kale,

Monica Elena