what is palm oil?

We are proud to announce that as of 2017 graze is RSPO certified! This means all our snacks that have palm oil only contain RSPO certified sustainable palm oil.

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What exactly is palm oil?

Palm oil is a vegetable based oil from the fleshy fruit of African palm trees. Palm oil has been used in West and Southwest Africa for more than 5,000 years and has recently grown to be one of the most popular healthier oils worldwide. It is important to note not all palm oils are equal -- some are sourced in ways that are not environmentally stable, so it’s important to look for sustainably sourced palm oil.

What are the benefits of palm oil?

Many health enthusiasts cook with palm oil because it is made up of mostly saturated and monounsaturated fats which makes it a good choice for anyone looking to eat less trans fats. Palm oil also contains vitamins and antioxidants and its reddish-orange pigment is rich in carotenoids, including beta-carotene, which your body can convert into vitamin A.

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Why do we use palm oil in graze snacks?

Trying to find the healthiest cooking oil to use in your kitchen can be a daunting task. There are a few main things to consider and ultimately there were 3 reasons why we chose to use RSPO certified sustainable palm oil in our snacks:

“It can be daunting trying to find the healthiest option when it comes to cooking with oil!” -Jess

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nutrition

In our research, we found that palm oil was a great choice since it is made up of mostly saturated and monounsaturated fats and also contains vitamins and antioxidants!

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.

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stability

Besides the nutritional benefits, palm oil is the most stable option in terms of cooking safety! It can be dangerous to heat certain oils like olive oil or coconut oil that don’t stand up well under high heat without smoking or catching fire, which is dangerous and can destroy the food. (We didn’t want to risk spoiling our snacks!) Palm oil has a high smoke point which means it can be subjected to higher heats without free radicals being produced or the oil ‘spoiling’ and losing any healthy properties the oil had to start with.

“Knowing the smoke point of oils is important because heating oil to the point where the oil begins to smoke produces toxic fumes and harmful free radicals. Palm oil has a smoke 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. ” -Jess

We also choose to use RSPO certified sustainable palm oil because of it has exceptional shelf-stability without any added preservatives!

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flavor

Nutrition, safety and stability were top reasons we chose to use palm oil in our snacks but the final reason is important too… the taste! As a snack company we obviously want to create snacks that are as delicious as they are wholesome. Palm oil has a very mild flavor that is slightly savory and earthy, almost like a carrot or pumpkin flavor. It was important to choose an oil that wouldn’t interfere with the flavor of the snacks, so RSPO certified sustainable palm oil was an easy decision.

all of your palm oil questions answered!

Our grazers have a lot of questions about palm oil so we wanted to take the time to answer all of your questions about palm oil and our use of RSPO certified sustainable palm oil. Check out some of the most frequently asked questions regarding palm oil and please let us know at hi@graze.com.

  1. what is RSPO?
    RSPO stands for The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. The RSPO is a non-profit committed to producing, sourcing and using sustainable palm oil to live up to environmental and social standards.
    Learn more about how RSPO certification works here: http://www.rspo.org/certification/how-rspo-certification-works

  2. do graze snacks have palm oil in them?
    Yes, some of our snacks have palm oil in them but as of 2017 we are proud to say any graze snacks with palm oil only has RSPO certified sustainable palm oil! We understand some grazers may have concerns about this ingredient which is why our taste experts only use it sparingly at the moment and plan to avoid using it entirely in new recipes.

  3. is palm oil suitable for vegans?
    Yes! Palm oil is plant-based so it’s completely suitable for vegans to eat.

  4. is it possible to avoid snacks that use palm oil?
    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.

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