Canola Oil’s Little Lies, Don’t Buy the Marketing Deception

Sept. 9, 2016 by Paul Fassa —–( Don’t buy the marketing deception of Canola Oil’s little lies. Just because Whole Foods uses canola oil for their prepared foods doesn’t mean it is actually a healthy oil. Whole Foods is a business cashing in on health trends with little regard for promoting and preserving what’s actually healthy.

Whole Foods showed its true colors when they promoted and supported HR 1599, the recent GMO bill signed into law late July, 2016. Activists dubbed this bill as the “DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act. It’s dressed up like a compromise, but it is a Trojan Horse with loopholes that will help keep Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry in business while America is kept in the dark.

HR 1599 or the DARK Act preempts any future designs for creating GMO labeling by individual states and nullifies the efforts that Vermonters went through to create their GMO labeling law that only just went into effect this July, 2016. It will now be revoked by this federal law. Thanks for the help Whole Foods.

But to be fair, the myth of canola oil as a healthy oil is confusing. Even WebMed thinks it’s great.

Canola Oil Is Not a Health Food

First of all there is no canola seed or plant. Canola oil comes from rapeseed plant seeds, which despite its ugly name yields a high amount of oil. Originally, that oil wasn’t fit for human consumption. So it was used industrially, similar to motor oil’s machinery protection. What made it unfit for humans was erucic acid, which can lead to fatty deposits in the heart muscles of animals and humans.

But eventually after years of hybrid breeding, the latest versions of rapeseed plants have eliminated most of the erucic acid, making that toxin a non-issue today. But even if a crop of rapeseed, er Canola oil is among the ten percent or so of “Canola” seeds that are not genetically modified to withstand glyphosate herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup Ready, the processing of this oil makes it a health hazard.

And how come Canola oil is not called rapeseed oil? Well, Canada had a lot of rapeseed plants growing and wanted to encourage and support farmers growing it, so they renamed rapeseed oil Canola oil. Can stands for Canada and ola references the oil’s fatty acids. Canola oil means Canadian oil.

When you purchase foods made with canola oils, which is a very cheap processed oil, it is very likely to be GMO because 80-90% of canola comes from Roundup Ready rapeseed, or Canola seeds to allow heavy glyphosate spraying.

The cheap Canola oil used in your processed or packaged foods might be GMO too. Organic canola oil can be contaminated by pollen drift from nearby GMO canola fields, or seed trucks passing by, or seed exchange contamination.

This oil is heavily processed with high heat to partially hydrogenate the oil and create longer shelf life. Partially hydrogenated oils are trans-fat oils. How come some labels say no trans-fats? The FDA allows processed food manufacturers to list any trans-fats content under .5 grams per serving can be listed as zero grams.

All highly processed plant food oils are very inflammatory. Chronic inflammation leads to a myriad of autoimmune diseases that are commonly attributed to getting older, except with the ever increasing rise of early onset diabetes 2. Chemically deodorizing canola oil with hexane and bleaching as well as the high heating processes used make Canola oil very unhealthy.

Despite terrible results from animal testing that created all sorts of diseases from Canola oil, the Canadian government and Canola industry paid the FDA to obtain GRAS (generally regarded as safe) status.

Cold pressed plant or seed oils are naturally healthy oils. No chemicals or heat are used to extract the oils. Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and others that are not heated or chemically extracted are the oils that should be used for cooking and salad dressings to support and enhance good health. The only conclusion is that we should not buy the marketing deception of Canola Oil’s little lies.



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