Beware of Canola Oil!

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Hey everyone! Today we’re going to look at the dangers of canola oil and what it can do to the human body. While researching, I found this subject very interesting and I hope you will too.

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You may want to remove canola oil from your diet…

It’s a substance that can be found in almost every household as well as restaurants. It’s extremely affordable and was something my mother used on the regular. We certainly never even thought about using it or what the side effects were. I’m talking about canola oil.

We went through oil so fast in our household growing up. My mom used it for everything. She’s a great Puerto Rican cook. Therefore, we always had delicious rice and beans, chicken, bacalao, and much more. Oil was always a must while cooking.

However, I’ve since learned that Spanish food is not usually the best for you. But the one thing that I’ve entirely removed from my diet is canola oil. Let me tell you why.


 

What is canola oil made from?

Canola oil is a product that was first produced in Canada in 1978. Before being modified, it was formerly known as rapeseed, an extremely toxic plant. Rapeseed contains very high levels of erucic acid which is famous for health problems (including a horrible disease that creates lesions in the heart). Therefore, scientist genetically modified the rapeseed into what we know today as canola. There’s much lower erucic acid levels and resulted in it’s first name LEAR (low erucic acid rapeseed). However, the name was later changed to Canola. This name came from a combination of Canada and ola (which means oil).

The FDA first disapproved of the oil being brought to the United States because rapeseed is a toxin. However, with a new name (and a rumored $50,000,000 transferred from Canada to the USA) the FDA finally approved it’s use in foods.

How is canola oil made?

Picture of rapeseed plant

First, the seeds are collected and brought to a facility. Then, they’re crushed to remove any oil from them. Since the oil smells so horrible, they have to run a solvent known as hexane through it. The only issue with this is hexane is a chemical not meant for human consumption. It has a wide array of effects on the human body. Exposure to it can disrupt the central nervous system and cause nausea, dizziness, giddiness, and headaches. The EPA recognizes and labels hexane to be a air pollutant. [4]

After being cleaned with hexane for 90 minutes, the oil is then heated to dangerously high temperature levels. This is otherwise known as deodorization. Although canola oil is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, this process turns those healthy fats into extremely dangerous trans fat. However, it also gives the oil that bland tasted that customers enjoy so much.

Why is canola oil bad for you?

Canola oil can have anywhere between .56% to 4.2% of trans fat. Trans fat is extremely toxic to the human body and causes bad cholesterol levels to raise as well as lowering good cholesterol. Consumption of this oil results in inflammation throughout the body and calcification of the arteries (hardening of the arteries which causes the heart to work harder). In other words, it increases your chances for coronary heart disease (which is the cause of death for 1/4 of all Americans). [2]

Anytime you read “partially hydrogenated oil” on a label it’s informing you that it contains trans fat. However, companies are allowed to put 0g trans fat on the nutritional facts if there’s less than .5g per serving. The reasons companies use trans fat is to increase shelf life. (But it decreases our life span for sure!)


 

Canola oil is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. That’s just a fancy way of saying that it can cause spasms within the respiratory system and paralysis of the skeletal muscles. Some people believe it’s to blame for the increase of cases involving cerebral palsy, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.

Also, canola oil causes function of the immune system to lower. It can cause neuron damage resulting in memory degradation and Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, the effects can take up to ten years to begin showing up.

'Canola oil comes from the rape seed, which is part of the mustard family of plants. Rape is the most toxic of all food-oil plants. Like soy, rape is a weed. Insects will not eat it; it is deadly poisonous! The oil from the rape seed is a hundred times more toxic than soy oil.' - John ThomasClick To Tweet

 

Mad Cow Disease

There was breakout of mad cow disease and it scared everyone  on the planet. It was at its peak in 1992 with 37,311 cases worldwide. [1] Mad cow disease was blamed on a disease known as scrapie, a disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord of infected cattle until it’s destroyed. However, there’s no known outside cause for scrapie. But when the farmers stopped using canola feed in their diets, the scrapie disappeared. Rapeseed as livestock is banned in Europe because of this.

Totally GMO’d

We already know that canola is the genetically modified version of the poisonous plant, rapeseed. The plant has been genetically engineered in order to be withstand being heavily sprayed with the herbicide Roundup. The plants can be sprayed nonstop and not wither.

Therefore, these plants have been heavily exposed to a substance known as glysophate (the main ingredient in Roundup). Glysophate has been linked to fertility problems, disruption of sex hormones, miscarriages, neurological and thyroid concerns, cancer [3], and heart disease. It’s incredibly heart breaking.

Canola Oil In Baby Formula

Picture of a baby bottle

Yup! That’s right! The FDA approves the use of canola oil in baby formula and foods. Make sure you read your labels before you purchase anything for your little one. If it causes so many problems in adults, imagine the effects it will have on such a tiny baby.

  1. https://www.thedailybeast.com/10-facts-about-mad-cow-diseases
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm
  3. https://www.ewg.org/childrenshealth/glyphosateincereal/#.W6uER3tKhdg
  4. https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/ToxProfiles/tp113-c7.pdf

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3 thoughts on “Beware of Canola Oil!

    1. Extra virgin coconut oil: cold pressed or unrefined for cooking at medium temperatures.
      Grape seed oil for higher temperatures.
      You can also use 100% avocado oil. Sesame oil can be used as well, but it will add a flavor to the food.
      I guarantee you’ll feel and taste the difference when you switch to a healthier oil. 😊

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