As of 2017 graze is proud to be RSPO certified, meaning that we only use RSPO certified sustainable palm oil in our snacks. But why do we use it in the first place?
The higher the smoke point, the more stable the oil when used in cooking. Palm oil has a high smoke point, which means it can stand up under high heat without smoking or catching fire, becoming dangerous to the chef or spoiling the dish it is used in.
More heat can be subjected to oils with high smoke points without free radicals being produced, which causes the oil to lose any healthy properties and makes it a toxic burden for the body.
High smoke points also mean a much longer shelf life because of this.
Palm oil has a smoking point of 232°C/ 450°F. When you compare it to coconut oil which has a smoke point of 177°C/ 350°F or olive oil which has a smoke point of 160°C/ 320°C, palm oil comes out on top, which makes it a much safer oil to cook with.
Summary: Palm oil is the most stable option in terms of safety when heated. We also choose to use it because of its exceptional shelf-stability, without any added preservatives.
In general we should be aiming for more Omega-3 rich oils, as our Western diet leans more towards Omega-6 due to the abundance of grain and plant oils present in today's food supply.
Much of our Omega-6 intake is from refined fat sources, not from whole foods - options like corn oil contain unhealthy balances, with 57% Omega-6.
Palm oil is made up of mostly saturated and mono-unsaturated fats which makes it again more stable to cook with (polyunsaturated fats are more delicate and heat sensitive) and it only has 10% Omega-6 fatty acids, which rank it amongst coconut oil and olive oil as one of the lowest in this fat.
Certain oils naturally contain vitamins and minerals, depending on the processing and extraction process.
Palm oil’s reddish-orange pigment is rich in minerals known as carotenoids, including beta-carotene, which your body can convert into vitamin A. It is also high in vitamin E and contains vitamin K.Read more nutrition facts
Palm oil has a very mild flavour, slightly savoury and earthy, similar to carrot or pumpkin. This is very important to us because it means it doesn't interfere with the other flavours in the recipes of our snacks.
From the fleshy fruit of African palm trees, palm oil is used mainly for cooking and is a staple in tropical cuisines. It has been used in West and Southwest Africa for more than 5,000 years, but has grown to be one of the most popular oils worldwide.
Here at graze this issue is a big focus for us, and we’re proud to say we only use RSPO certified sustainable palm oil in our recipes.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit whose members come from all links along the supply chain.
All members of RSPO have committed to produce, source and use sustainable palm oil that lives up to their environmental and social standards.How RSPO certification works
We completely understand that some grazers may have some concerns regarding this ingredient and our taste experts are working very hard to try to avoid it in their new creations where possible. However, when it comes to replacement ingredients, sustainable palm oil is in fact the best option both environmentally and socially.
Read more about sustainable palm oil
Although using other vegetable oils seems like a practical solution, it would actually create similar - if not even larger - environmental and social problems. Therefore, the best solution is to ensure you buy products that contain sustainable palm oil.
Yes, it is plant-based and completely suitable for vegans.
If you'd like to keep our snacks containing this ingredient out of your boxes, you simply need to opt out of receiving them by ticking ‘don’t send me this snack’. This means that these snacks won't be included in any of your future deliveries.
You can remove snacks containing palm oil by using the ingredients search on our food preferences page:ingredient search
If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to email us - we always want to know about the things that are important to our grazers, and your feedback is really valuable to us.