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Canola Oil: Is it Healthy?

Mar 25, 2013

Whenever I shop for food, the are certain ingredients that I especially look for and avoid. One of these is canola oil...and I won't touch it!

Food producers have learned from years of experience that if they present a poor-quality food as healthy, it will become a best seller. That is exactly what the situation with canola oil. In fact, is is one of the unhealthiest oils you could EVER eat and you should avoid anything and everything that contains it.

Let me explain why.

Canola oil is not a natural oil. It is a man-made oil that is never seen in nature or has only been eaten by humans in recent history. Canoloa oil comes from hybridized, genetically-modified rape seed plants. Virtually all of the canola oil sold in stores or used in the food processing industry is genetically-modified. In other words, it has genes replaced with genes from other plants or even bacteria or fungi. Why do they do this, you ask? This makes the plants more tolerant to chemicals, specifically pesticides. Farmers can dump tons of pesticides onto the genetically-altered rape seed plants without killing them. The oil produced from the "plants" is heavily sprayed and is likely to contain pesticide residue.

I am going to focus on the main reason canola oil is toxic to humans and animals. The oil from rape seed contains toxic substances know as glucosinolates and euric acid, which is a nasty fatty acid. Bugs won't eat rape seed--this should be huge red flag! The glucosinolates have a bitter disagreeable taste. It is known to cause metabolic disorders in animals and therefore is not fit for animal or human consumption.

When fed to lab animals, canola oil causes an increase in blood pressure, promotes insulin resistance, increases risk of stroke, causes kidney lesions and ultimately shortens lifespan.

Much of the danger against using rape seed oil is due to its euric acid content. If fact, it is illegal to sell rape seed oil that contains too much euric acid for human consumption. Animal studies have shown that euric acid causes fatty deposits in the heart and an abnormal thickening of the heart valves which will eventually lead to heart failure. After consuming canola oil, the body's protective anti-oxidant reserves are significantly depleted!

"Food grade" rape seed (canola oil) legally cannot contain more than 2% euric acid in the United States and no more than 5% in Europe. Even so, would you really want to injest oil that contains even a small amount of toxin that attacks the heart? Studies have shown that even as little as 2% can have detrimental effects on the heart and circulatory system. This is one of the reasons why canola oil is not allowed as an ingredient in baby food. It is also not recommended for breast feeding mothers because euric acid is deposited in the mother's milk fat.

I know I have given you a lot of information to digest and I hope I didn't lose your attention. Please don't hake my word for it, do some research on your own. Let's not be a casualty of "clever" marketing schemes. Your quality of life and longevity are worth reading labels.

One last thought: you may be wondering how rape seed got a name change to canola. Rape seed oil was originally referred to as Lear oil, for "low euric acid." Would consumers really eat something called "rape seed" oil? The Canadian plant breeders knew the answer...So, hence the new, healthier name...Canola oil. The name is an acronym for "Canadian oil, low acid." The name Canola rhymes with granola, so we are tricked into thinking it's healthy like granola?! Thanks Canada!

Just a note: I am not picking on Canadians here. Really, I'm not! My father is from Canada, just thought I'd throw that in, but that's another blog topic. Next month, I'll tackle coconut oil!

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