What do Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey, Palmolive dish soap and Friskies cat food have in common?
The answer is sustainable palm oil.
Palm oil might be the most prevalent product ingredient you've never heard of.
It's estimated that the edible vegetable oil in its various manifestations can be found in as many as half of the processed foods and packaged products in grocery stores, from snack foods to cosmetics, but that doesn't mean you'll find it listed by name among the ingredients. The highly saturated, trans fat-free oil, harvested from African oil palm trees on plantations in the tropics, is a main component in many preparations of sodium laureth and sodium lauryl sulfates, present in makeup and pretty much every product that foams, from shampoo to dish soap.