The Orangutan versus Palm Oil…Part One!

Orangutan Palm Oil

Good morning, I hope you are all well and happy… Have you got your Christmas decorations up yet? I know many people start really early and don’t all those displays look beautiful when they are all lit up at night?

How has your day gone? Or maybe it is still morning or the night before for you given all the differences in the time zones… It is morning here and many ( they wake up) early here…have had their morning shower…which is a tad cold at this time of year we don’t have a power shower and to many people here, a shower is a bucket of water…

Get to the point, Carol…I hear you…Lol…Just humor me…Please xxx

Perhaps you woke up this morning, had a shower, shampooed your hair, brushed your teeth, and had a slice of toast with margarine for breakfast because you are trying to avoid the dairy industry?

Off to work…and your friend gave you a cookie/biscuit with the cuppa she made you and it is such a busy day today those phones did not stop ringing so you both agree on Pizza for lunch… Before you went home you remembered it was your turn to wash the coffee cups using the one washing up liquid your mum always used…Fairy Liquid…Ahhhhh

But what is behind or on the label?

Home at last and a quick sluice to freshen up with your favourite wet wipes and on goes a load of washing…Phew, a woman’s work is never done…

Dinner over now time to put up your feet…grab a bowl popcorn time for some Netflix.

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Convenient and delicious, but do not buy microwave popcorn as it most always contains palm oil.


You watch the news ..Iceland has had its Christmas Advert banned…

Some questions for you?

  1. Do you know how much Palm Oil you have consumed today?
  2. How would you feel if suddenly your home was demolished with you in it?
  3. Would the Iceland Christmas advert upset or offend you?


Look at that cute little face... Orangutans are one of the most intelligent primates…The females are wonderful caring mothers and there is plenty of evidence to show that orangutans take part in social learning practices with their young. They are one of the few animals that are known to do this. For example, a mother may teach her young how to make a tool to scratch its back with or how to use rocks to open up foods.

But the latest figures showing a massive decline in their population is alarming, to say the least…

I think the time has come for us/me and I am aware but hands up I didn’t know how many products Palm oil was in…Did you?

I do now and I feel ashamed, I feel I should be doing more and not buying those products which contain palm oil and to search for companies like Iceland who have pledged to have no products containing Palm Oil for sale in their stores by the end of 2018.

What is Palm oil?

Palm oil is used as a cooking oil and in packed food products, confectionery, soups, crackers, and margarine. It can also be used for non-consumptive purposes, such as in soaps and detergents. Naturally, one of palm oil’s biggest assets is its many potential utilities. After soybean oil, it is the most used edible oil on earth.

As a fresh food, it contains health benefits like reduction of blood pressure and the risk of arterial thrombosis. Unfortunately, much of the commonly used palm oil is in an oxidized form— that is to say, processed

Once the oil is oxidized, it poses health dangers such as reproductive toxicity and organ toxicity, impacting organs such as the kidneys and lungs.

There are companies who use sustainable sources in the production of Palm Oil and if we are using oil in the home there are many products which use sustainable palm oil or a substitute like Coconut oil.

Google is a wonderful tool and we should all be using it more or subscribing to organizations which can be helpful in helping us make decisions …We should also not be so blindly accepting of manufacturers or TV advertising…Many products have few regulations and they are a manufacturers dream because they can outright LIE to the consumer and do…

Just an example…If a product states Pasture raised or free range there is no labeling standard…Labels should say Humanely Certified or have an equivalent regulated label…We need to know our labels and make a concerted effort or risk losing more than we gain …

It isn’t just the animal population it is indigenous people and our own health… I wonder how many of you will watch this video and leave me a comment?

If you are still here with me and reading then Thank you…I know I rant but we live in a beautiful world and let’s all make our New Year Resolution count this year…

About Carol Taylor.

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then you will be made welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

Part Two on Palm Oil and which products contain Palm Oil and which don’t or it is sustainably produced will be published next Monday…x


The Orangutan and Palm Oil (1)


28 thoughts on “The Orangutan versus Palm Oil…Part One!

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I didn’t know either , Diane until I started researching and it seems I am now learning more every time I open my PC..If deforestation continues at the rate it is now there will be no rain forests in 100 years time..I am looking at everything I buy now and the companies I think it is time for me to take a stand for what I believe in and want to save 🙂 Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂 x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes we should, Lisa but I am aslo culpable as I didn’t know how many products contained Palm Oil …Why ? unless something brings it to the forefront I don’t always think as you could investigate the ingredients list of everything couldn’t you ? Quite time consuming and daunting for many…But I will be doing it now 🙂 I hope you are having a good day 🙂 xxx

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      1. lisasalsworld

        I shared the video about palm oil. All we can do is make sure others know and make responsible purchases going forward. I am having some good weeks lately and I am enjoying a great deal of ice cream with it! lol Hope you and yours are fantastic! xo

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Thank you so much, Lisa and yes you are absolutely correct ..I am so pleased that you are having some good weeks and always ice cream…lol…And why not! We are great thank you..The rice harvest started yesterday and will be drying today so we don’t want rain although it has been very hot here so fingers crossed …Take care xxx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you so much, Sally it is much appreciated..This one man band here is trying to make sure evetyone smells the coffee and starts to look at where products come from and at what cost humanely …Thank you Big Huvs xxxx

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  4. Adele Marie

    Hi Carol, I do check everything for palm oil and would love not to use any source of it at all. I follow Greenpeace and WWA to get news and updates. I couldn’t see your video, however, it just kept giving me the circle. 😦

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Maybe it was your connection Adele
      ..I have checked it and it opens fine for me if you get the circle it is buffering I get it a lot here as our connections can be really unstable at times..I will check it again… Yes WWa and Greenpeace do wonderful work don’t they…😀x


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Brigid it was the banning of the Iceland advert which made me investigate further I truly did not know how much of our food and household goods contained Palm Oil and it can be sustainably produced and isn’t by many…Enjoy your week 🙂 x

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  5. tidalscribe

    Cyberspouse picked up a bag of chocolate limes yesterday in a ‘cheapo’ shop – I only looked at the back of the packet to prove they were a ‘rubbish brand’, but spotted palm oil – it lurks everywhere.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I know it seems to be in so much even I didn’t know until I started researching it and at what cost to the eco system it is horrendous what they desimate just for money..Bottom Line and thats it 🙂

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