Saturday, November 03, 2007

Why we don't use Canola oil (and why you shouldn't either!)

The more I learn about Canola oil, the more I am glad we don't use it! Here are some quick facts:
  • Canola oil comes from a genetically modified plant (originally rapeseed)
  • Canola oil is deodorized at very high temperatures (>300F), which destroys any possible nutritive value it may have.
  • Rapeseed is a member of the mustard family, one of the most toxic of all plants, and is shunned by insects. You can use Canola oil (shaken with water) as an effective bug spray on your indoor plants.
  • Studies of canola oil done on rats indicate many problems. Rats developed fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals and thyroid gland. When the canola oil was withdrawn from their diet, the deposits dissolved, but scar tissue remained on the organs. No studies were done on humans before it was listed as GRAS (Generally regarded as safe) by the FDA.
Problems in humans take about 10 years to develop. How long have you been using Canola? Farming relatives have told us they stopped farming Canola because they believed it to be a poison.

Are you concerned enough about Canola oil to remove it from your life? If you are, you need to know where it is so you can stop using those products. Read your ingredients closely. Watch for, 'Canola Oil', 'Hydrogenated Canola Oil', 'vegetable oil' (most often this is Canola Oil disguised as something not so bad because Canola oil is so cheap).

Canola Oil is also present in soap from other companies. Ask yourself (and them) if using oil from a genetically modified organism is natural.

Pay close attention to your peanut butter, a staple in most people's diets. Peanut butter should only contain peanuts, and maybe salt... Do not eat margarine.

Some links to interesting articles:

Educate yourself, and live a healthier life.