With all the hype around coconut oil, I thought it was time to shed some light on a cooking oil that is far more dangerous than any of the cooking oils out there, Canola Oil. Here is a rundown on what many people don’t know about Canola oil and some of the adverse health effects from consuming it.

Canola Oil is a GMO!

“A genetically modified product, canola oil is a Canadian invention that’s backed by Canada’s government, cheap to manufacture, and many packaged or processed foods contain it. Canola oil was first created in the early 1970’s as a natural oil, but in 1995, Monsanto created a genetically modified version of canola oil. As of 2005, 87 percent of canola grown in the U.S. was genetically modified, and by 2009, 90 percent of the Canadian crop was genetically engineered. ”

What is Canola oil and where did it come from?

Rapeseed oil and Canola oil are almost one in the same, except Canola has been genetically modified to contain lower amounts of Erucic acid.

“Wild rapeseed oil contains large amounts of erucic acid, which is known to cause health problems, so the canola plant was developed from rapeseed in order to use it to produce a food-grade canola oil with lower erucic acid levels.”

Then, it was again modified to include the Bth bacteria and other splices to make it pest resistant and round up resistant. It is patented as a pesticide since bugs that eat the plant die. Their stomachs explode. It can be heavily sprayed in Round Up and the surrounding weeds will die but the canola won’t.

How did Canola oil get it’s name?

“The name of canola oil was originally LEAR (low erucic acid rapeseed) but for marketing purposes was changed to canola oil. This word was derived from the combination of “Canada” and “ola,” meaning oil.”

What is it used for besides as cooking oil?

Canola oil works well as an industrial oil and has been used in candles, soaps, lipsticks, lubricants, inks, biofuels and even insecticides.

So why is it bad for you?

Aside from the two main reasons:

“1.Over 90 percent of canola oil is genetically modified.

2.Canola oil is a commercially refined oil that’s often partially hydrogenated to increase its stability, but this increases its negative health effects.”

Although there have been no long term studies done on Canola oil, the effects can be easily compared to GMO soy and corn. Not to mention the process of how canola is made is a dead give away that there are underlining harmful effects.

Even without the chemical and processing issues related to canola oil, it is an omega 6 oil. While we need some omega 6 in our diets, using canola as a main source of oils puts it out of ratio with the omega 3 oils which should be 1:1 with the omega 6 in a regular diet. Canola contains 20% omega 6 and just 9% omega 3.  For the modern SAD diet that proportion often reaches 20:1 for omega 6 which creates huge health issues.

“According to the Weston A. Price Foundation and fat experts Sally Fallon and Mary Enig:

Like all modern vegetable oils, canola oil goes through the process of refining, bleaching and degumming — all of which involve high temperatures or chemicals of questionable safety. And because canola oil contains  omega-3 fatty acids, which easily become rancid and foul-smelling when subjected to oxygen and high temperatures, it must be deodorized. The standard deodorization process removes a large portion of the omega-3 fatty acids by turning them into trans fatty acids. Although the Canadian government lists the trans content of canola at a minimal 0.2 percent, research at the University of Florida at Gainesville, found trans levels as high as 4.6 percent in commercial liquid oil. The consumer has no clue about the presence of trans fatty acids in canola oil because they are not listed on the label.”

Why Trans fats are bad you:

“Trans fat is considered by many doctors to be the worst type of fat you can eat. Unlike other dietary fats, trans fat — also called trans-fatty acids — both raises your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and lowers your HDL (“good”) cholesterol.”

Not to mention the very fact that it is a GMO… Here are some health dangers to be aware of when it comes to GMO’s and Canola Oil.

Kidney and Liver Problems

“In a 2011 review published in Environmental Sciences Europe, 19 studies of mammals fed GMO soybeans and corn were evaluated. The 90-day trials indicated liver and kidney problems as a result of GMO foods. The kidney and liver findings actually were differentiated by sex with the kidneys being disrupted by 43.5 percent in men and the liver being disrupted in women by 30.8 percent. ”

Life-Threatening Heart Trouble

“As a monounsaturated oil, rapeseed oil has high levels of erucic acid. Erucic acid is a fatty acid that’s associated with heart damage, specifically Keshan disease, a disease that manifests itself with fibrotic lesions of the heart.”

“Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils like canola are also known for causing inflammation and calcification of arteries, which are well-established risk factors for coronary heart disease.”

Hypertension and Strokes

“Previous studies have shown that the consumption of rapeseed oil and some other types of vegetable oils shortens the life span of stroke-prone and hypertensive animal subjects. Specifically, research carried out at the Nutrition and Toxicology Research Divisions of Ottawa discovered that rats bred to have high blood pressure and proneness to stroke died sooner when fed canola oil as the sole source of fat. Additionally, the rats fed the non-canola oil-based diets lived longer than the rats fed canola oil.”

May Retard Normal Growth

“Up until recently, it was not legal to use canola oil in infant formulate. There have been what I think are valid concerns about canola oil retarding growth in children. Specifically, the euroric acid in canola oil is harmful to infants due to an inability to properly break it down. The FDA previously made the use of canola oil illegal in baby formula. However, as ofa few years ago, canola oil made it to the generally recognized as safe list.”

Increases Intake of Unhealthy Trans Fats

 “According to a study published in the Journal of Food Lipids, when soybean and canola oils purchased in the U.S. were evaluated, “The trans contents were between 0.56% and 4.2% of the total fatty acids.”

“When canola oil undergoes hydrogenation, which it often does to become a partially hydrogenated oil, this increases its level of trans fats. These are a group of fats you want to avoid as much as possible since they’re scientifically known to increase LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol.”

Numerous Potential GMO Health Side Effects

“According to the Center for Food Safety, there are several new and very serious health concerns and unexpected effects of genetic engineering unearthed by scientific research:”

  • Toxicity
  • Allergic reactions
  • Immuno-suppression
  • Cancer
  • Loss of nutrition

Thank You Dr. Axe for the information on Canola Oil.

Other Sources here.

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