Palm Oil in Dairy Products: How to Recognize The “Enemy” and Maintain Health

If you want to live to a ripe old age and not suffer from the disease, stop eating foods with palm oil.

Stroke, heart attack, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer are all things that scientists believe palm oil can cause. Products containing palm oil are so common that you may not even be aware of the dangers. That’s why it’s worth knowing how to disguise palm oil in the composition and how not to fall for the “bait” of unscrupulous manufacturers.

Palm oil in hard and processed cheese: how to determine

If you do not know how to identify palm oil in cheese and think that it is difficult, try a few simple ways. Recognizing the “enemy” is very easy. To distinguish between real cheese and palm cheese you need an ultraviolet lamp. Natural cheese under the light of such a lamp will be yellow, but if the product will appear white or blue “spots” – you are faced with cheese with harmful vegetable fats.

It is also worth knowing how to test hard cheese at home. Just try a small piece and assess its taste. To understand the point, it is important to realize how palm oil cheese is made – dangerous vegetable fats are added for a reason, but in order to make the product cheaper. Accordingly, because of this, the taste suffers, but the cheese itself is stored much longer than natural. That’s why if you try a piece of real cheese, you will feel a pleasant aftertaste. But if the cheese is made from palm oil, then it will either be completely tasteless or as “chemical”, or sugary.

But processed cheese without palm oil is even easier to find. Real processed cheese will be flavorful and stretchy. A palm oil product, on the other hand, is more like plasticine – a tasteless piece of incomprehensible consistency.

How to recognize the “enemy” in butter

To understand how to recognize palm oil in butter, it’s just worth remembering the very “homemade” butter you may have once tasted at your grandmothers’ or in the village. Real butter will sizzle in the pan and smell nice, while palm oil will just melt and start to burn.

You can detect the presence of palm oil in oil without heating it in a pan. Simply leave a piece of product at room temperature. If it drips, you have palm oil in front of you.

Palm oil in milk and sour cream

How do you know that there is palm oil in milk? Pay attention to the expiration date! Natural milk without additives and unnecessary fats cannot be stored for several months. Also, pay attention to taste and color. Milk without palm oil will not be perfectly white and bright.

It is also worth knowing how to identify palm oil in sour cream. To do this, you need to conduct a simple test – put the sour cream in the refrigerator. If after it the product becomes thick, then it is natural. If the sour cream remains liquid – in front of you palm oil. You can also check the sour cream by putting it in a warm place. When heated, the natural product will begin to curdle, the whey will separate from it. But sour cream with palm fat will hardly change even after heating.

How to identify palm oil in the product

Many manufacturers understand that the presence of palm oil in the composition will scare away customers. That’s why they try to “disguise” the dangerous fat. How is palm oil labeled: “vegetable fat” or “palmitic acid”?

However, brands that use palm oil may resort to other tricks. For example, they may not indicate the presence of the harmful additive in the product at all or write it in too small a font. But it’s easy to understand without looking at the contents. Products containing palm oil are stored longer than usual, so if you see that the product can be stored for months – you are faced with dangerous vegetable fat.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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