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Published: 15-Feb-2012

Written by: Amber Partington

Do you often wonder if any of your favourite products contain Palm Oil?

What's a quick way to tell if a product contains Palm Oil?

As Palm Oil can be listed in so many ways a lot of mystery and confusion surrounds whether or not a product has Palm Oil in it.

Let us help you!

Please use the following as a quick guide to help you choose “palm oil free” products!

  1. Read the ingredients list on a product and look for “Vegetable Oil!”

    margarine label showing palm oil

    Currently Australian Laws do not stipulate Palm Oil to be listed, so it is referred to as Vegetable Oil. If a product does not disclose a particular oil, such as Peanut Oil, Sunflower Oil etc. then (I would go as far as to say 99% of the time!) it is probably Palm Oil.

  2. Read the Nutritional Information table on a food product and look for “Saturated Fats!”

    magnified label showing palm oil

    Palm Oil is a saturated fat, so if a product lists Vegetable Oil and contains Saturated Fats in the Nutritional Information Table – then again you can 99% assume it would be Palm Oil.

  3. Get to know – “Sodium Laureth / Lauryl Sulphate!”

    Shampoo label showing palm oil

    These are Palm Oil in two of its chemical forms and is in a lot of household products like Shampoo. These chemicals can also be Coconut Oil derived so it is always best to confirm with the company who makes the product.

*Important Note: Please use this as a guide only, to 100% confirm that a product has Palm Oil or Palm Oil derivatives in it – I always email the company who makes the product to find out.


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