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May 3, 2005
11:58 pm
Martin Christy
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Rather strangely, Endangered Species add palm oil to their chocolate (or at least whoever makes it does). Samples were promised to me, but after I asked about the palm oil and bean source, I never heard from them again ... I'd be interested if anyone knows anymore.

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May 4, 2005
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Hans-Peter Rot
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This is true, but I think this only applies to those smaller bars, but I could be wrong, though. I was actually about to buy one, but once I saw the "palm oil" on the back, I quickly put it down.

May 8, 2005
3:51 pm
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Re: Endangered Species and Palm oil...

That's strange. According to their website, the 88% bar contains the following: chocolate, unbleached water-filtered beet sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, pure vanilla.

I don't have a wrapper at home so I'll have to check it out when I get back to the office.

ETA: Just rechecked the website - the "Baby Bar" line does have organic palm oil but the larger bars (Panther Bar - 88%, Chimp Bar - 72%, etc) do not appear to contain palm oil.

ETA: Picked up a Chimp Bar at the grocery store (72%). It listed Palm Oil as an ingredient. Shoot!

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May 9, 2005
4:21 pm
Hans-Peter Rot
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I was at the natural foods store yesterday but neglected to check the ingredients on the larger bars, but the smaller ones definitely contain palm oil. And whether or not it's organic, palm oil is palm oil, and the use of it is indeed cutting corners.

May 12, 2005
10:18 pm
Martin Christy
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What a strange concept ... palm oil! I'm fascinated to know the thinking behind this?!

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May 13, 2005
3:11 am
Hans-Peter Rot
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It's technically not as unhealthy as other oils, such as palm kernel oil or coconut oil. It's used a lot in organic nut butters to prevent fat separation, and it's actually one of two vegetable oils solid at room temperature (coconut oil being the other). But ultimately, palm oil heavily delays oxidation (which causes foods to spoil and go rancid), so the shelf life is thereby extended for a much longer time.

I also neglected to glance at the expiration dates on the Endangered Species bars, but I will next time. Their Bug Bites also contain palm oil.

May 14, 2005
2:37 am
Hans-Peter Rot
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I just checked the larger Endangered Species bars, and they do contain palm oil.

November 4, 2005
11:46 pm
Hans-Peter Rot
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Apparently, Endangered Species has produced new bars, this time without palm oil. Ingredients are safe this time around. But to be honest, I have only seen ES use palm oil in one instance, and what prompted them to do so is a mystery. It's good to see that they rectified the error, though. I picked up a 70% and 88% bar to see how they fare.

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