Free From Palm Oil
Worryingly found in more than 50% of packaged products from soap to crisps, lipstick to shampoo and some Infant Formula’s, Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil are an insidious component of the food industry.
Cheap and relatively easy to grow, the cultivation of Palm Oil has a global impact. Not only is it a leading contributor to deforestation and wildlife displacement on a massive scale, but the oil can have harmful effects on your child.
Setting aside the ecological effects of creating vast monocultures devoid of bio-diversity, let us first investigate the direct impact Palm Oil can have on your child’s health.
One of the most distressing effects of Palm Oil is constipation. Palm oil has been shown to combine with calcium to form hard, insoluble soaps in your child’s sensitive digestion system which in turn leads to constipation with all the associated symptoms such as pain, lack of appetite and, of course, disrupted sleep for both you and the child.
Kendamil infant milks have been formulated without palm oil to be digested easily and help everyone get a better night’s sleep.
A further problem brought on by Palmitic Acid from Palm Oil binding with Calcium is not easily identifiable in the short term, but has the potential to massively impact your child’s development. Palm Oil used in infant formula has been found to inhibit the natural increase in bone mass and bone mineral density in infants.
Compared with infants fed formula without Palm Oil, those who were showed a significantly decrease level of bone mineral content which reduced calcium absorption. Essentially, the same calcium that should be being absorbed and turned into bone is being bound and turned into soaps, which eventually get passed.
The final reason you won’t find Palm Oil in our range of infant milks are because of Glycerol Esters. A food contaminant, Glycerol Esters are formed when Palm Oil and some other vegetable oils are processed and refined. Recent studies by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have found significant evidence that Glycidol (the parent compound of Glycerol Esters) is both genotoxic and carcinogenic.
Dr Helle Knutsen, Chair of the CONTAM Panel on contaminants in the food chain, is quoted as saying: “The exposure to Glycerol Esters of babies consuming solely infant formula is a particular concern…”
In February 2018 EFSA will bring into force a new law restricting Glycerol Esters most commonly found in Palm Oil.
These and other studies from reputable authorities shine a light on the pervasive use of Palm Oil and the significance of ensuring your child is not exposed to compounds formed in its refinement.