Palm Oil, an ingredient that is doing so much harm, not only to the environment, but now also to our body according to new studies which have found how a fatty acid in palm oil affects the cancer genome, increasing the likelihood that the disease will spread in humans.
The reason why our beautiful makeup remover came about was simply because I was using a product from the body shop, and when I finally looked at the ingredient list, to my horror it had Palm Oil listed as the ingredient. That’s why I started making my own, which then became Oriwa Naturals Signature product, in fact all of our products are 100% natural and good for your skin without a trace of Palm Oil.
The Institute for Research on Biomedicine (IRB), conducted a study on mice, finding that palmitic acid promoted metastasis in mouth and skin cancers.
Other fatty acids called oleic acid and linoleic acid found in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Flaxseed Oil did not show the same effect.
This was a rigorous and comprehensive study that suggests exposure to a major constituent of Palm Oil durably changes the behavior of cancer cells, making them more prone to progress from local to potentially lethal metastatic disease. Given the prevalence of palm oil as an ingredient in processed foods and in skincare products it may be time to check all the ingredients in your food products and skincare products to make sure you are palm oil free.
Palm oil is grown in tropical regions in both Asia and South America, and it is the most consumed vegetable oil on the planet with 72% of the worldwide products used in the food industry. A 2015 report by the roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil estimated the worldwide use would more than double by 2030 and triple by 2050. It’s a cheap substitute for butter so it’s especially common in dough and baked foods and everyday pantry items such as Nutella and biscuits.
We recently wrote about Palm oil in our blog with a plea to stop using it as it’s destroying our environment and our health. Many companies hide palm oil in their products by listing it as an ingredient that doesn’t look like palm oil – such as stearic acid.
To avoid buying products with Palm Oil, you need to learn what it might look like on the labels. These can be deceptive. The EU made Palm Oil labelling compulsory, but elsewhere it can hide behind a variety of different names. They include…
INGREDIENTS: Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmolein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Elaeis Guineensis, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hyrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol
CONTAINS: Palm oil
It’s also often listed just as a ‘vegetable oil’ which can appeal to vegetarians and other health conscious types – but it’s far from that.
It’s often used in beauty products such as lipsticks, soap and shampoo.
So next time you do your shopping, flick your eyes over the packaging and look at the labels carefully. Look after our rainforests. If we stop buying the products with Palm Oil in, then we can make a dent in the number of plantations being planted by the method of slashing and burning rainforests around the world. Plus, not only will the environment be healthier, so will our bodies.
And rest assured – there is no palm oil in any of Oriwa Naturals products.