Palm oil, a tropical oil that quickly gained momentum in the food industry as a “healthier” replacement for trans fat-containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils or shortening, has been getting a bad rap lately — and for good reason. The use of conventional palm oil contributes to deforestation and wildlife reduction. And while some products do use sustainable palm oil that’s 100 percent RSPO certified (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), the European Food Safety Authority also suggests that palm oil may be linked to cancer given that harmful substances may form when it's processed under high temperatures. Additionally, palm oil is rich in saturated fat, and it’s important to follow the American Heart Association recommendations to limit overall saturated fats to less than 10 percent of total calories a day.
Scroll through to see which popular snacks and pantry staples contain palm oil, so you'll know to keep them out of your body and your kitchen.