I never thought I’d be writing about Canola oil and New Years Resolutions together but it has come to that. Bear with me a moment and you may realize how much it’s damaging your body. Since we’re all so focused on health with the dawning of 2021, perhaps this is the right time to kick canola out of your life.
Want a game changer? Want better chances of surviving Covid 19? Eliminate Canola oil from your diet and watch your health improve.
It wouldn’t be so bad if we had little contact with it. But sadly, if you start looking at labels you’ll find it even where least expected. It’s literally in nearly everything, surely a marvel of tremendous lobbying power.
OVERDOSING ON CANOLA
If you commonly partake of any “normal” foods like the following, chances are you’re getting a consistent, and probably oversized dose of canola in your diet:
- take out food,
- fast food,
- fried food,
- corn chips,
- bread, rolls and buns
- salads from restaurants or grocery stores,
- deli salads, mayonnaise,
- salad dressings,
- donuts, pastries and snacks,
- dried fruit,
- food in bulk bins at grocery stores,
- salted and plain nuts,
- peanut butter and
- nut butters,
- cookies, candy, and condiments,
- frozen foods,
- sauces and dips,
- even Pet foods now are prone to infiltration!
Because of canola’s cheaper cost, it’s one of the top 3 oils (soy, corn and canola) used by food manufactures and restaurants.
Times have changed, even those food companies that once used olive oil or what-have-you in the past, could very well be using canola now. Now is a good time to have a fresh look at ingredient labels.
THE HATEFUL 8
According to many experts including Dr. Cate Shanahan, Canola is one of the least healthy oils, a group she refers to as The Hateful 8. These oils include: Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Soybean oil, Safflower oil, Sunflower oil, Grapeseed Oil, Rice Bran Oil. If you start looking at ingredient labels, you’ll often find at least one, if not two of more of these oils present. So what’s the big fuss about? Aren’t these polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) touted as healthy oils? The edible oil lobby has made sure their marketing says so. And if they say it’s good, it’s true right? That would be a big No.
To paraphrase Dr. Cate, PUFAs disrupt our metabolism so badly that it can no longer function properly. When you consume these oils, they get stored in your body fat. As they accumulate over time, our health gets steadily worse. She even speculates that people would be recovering from Covid more easily, if they didn’t have so much PUFA stored in their bodies.
She states, “Eliminating the high-PUFA seed oils is the NUMBER ONE best thing you can do to help your immune system beat Coronavirus.” Is this the culprit hiding behind all our pre-existing health conditions?
“Most people in the ICU are not eating, and that’s when these seed oils are going to be released from your body fat–during fasting. When released into the bloodstream these PUFAs interact with enzymes that are part of your virus-fighting, immune-response team. Their function is to promote inflammation, in fact, that’s one of the key reasons a healthy diet includes about 2-4% PUFA . But the problem is, on a modern diet with 10-20X the normal amount of PUFA, our body fat releases 10-20X more PUFA into the bloodstream and we get 10-20X more inflammation than we can need.”
That insanely high level of inflammatory chemicals in our bloodstream, lungs and other tissues causes metabolic pandemonium. We start drowning in our own fluids and can’t oxygenate our blood. Inside our arteries and veins, the platelets that are supposed to form clots only in response to cuts instead start clotting randomly inside uninjured vessels, causing neurological problems, heart attacks and strokes. Our immune system starts mounting attacks on innocent bystander proteins, like those in our blood vessel walls, causing rashes that are the hallmark of the new Kawasaki-like, life-threatening COVID-19 complication in children and young adults.”
DISEASES CAUSED BY CANOLA and the HATEFUL 8 OILS
Canola Oil and the other Hateful 8 oils (corn, cottonseed, soybean, safflower, sunflower, grape seed, rice bran) contribute to a wide array of health malfunctions including:
- Metabolic Syndrome (metabolic disorder symptoms include: high blood sugar, chronic asthma, chronic allergies, overactive hunger, acid reflux, blood clots, arterial fat, erectile dysfunction)
- Abdominal adiposity: fat around the abdomen
- Excess body fat
- High blood sugar
- Diabetes type II
- Insulin resistance
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- NASH, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Thrombosis, predisposition to Blood clots
- Cholesterol irregularity
- Neurological disorders
- Sugar dependence
- Neurological disorders
Early in it’s life, Canola (officially known as Rapeseed oil) was not approved for human consumption. Rapeseed oil was too high in erucic acid. The canola (Canadian Ola ~Oil) industry lobby was able to get quite crafty after genetic engineering the plant. Now it’s on the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) list, “Low erucic acid rapeseed oil, also known as canola oil, is the fully refined, bleached, and deodorized edible oil obtained from certain varieties of Brassica Napus or B. Campestris of the family Cruciferae.”
USDA has explained the history and use of canola oil as follows:
Initially, consumer demand for rapeseed oil was negligible because it naturally contains
high amounts of erucic acid. Erucic acid was enough of a concern that in 1956, the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned rapeseed oil for human consumption ….
WHAT MAKES THESE OILS BAD FOR US
- These oils are typically refined with high heat, bleached and deodorized (RBD). The heat causes oxidation and can make the fatty acid chains irregular.
- The extraction process for these seed oils requires the use of solvents like Hexane that leave a residue.
- Get your health back, eat healthy oils & fats (See below)
- Make your own salad dressing with olive oil, balsamic and apple cider vinegar with a dash of herbs.
- Read the labels, if you see any of the hateful 8 oils on board avoid avoid avoid.
- Have a healthy prosperous year ahead.
- Get good oils and fats into your body
OIL AND FATS THAT SUPPORT YOUR HEALTH
- Virgin olive oil,
- unrefined coconut oil,
- butter and ghee (best if non-rBGH),
- lard, tallow, and animal fat (best from animals not raised on factory farms),
- avocado and peanut oils ( best organic to avoid traces of fungicides & fertilizer).
Note: If it were up to me there’d be 9 oils instead of 8 on the bad-for-us list. Palm oil would be #9, since its overuse, like soy, leads to the destruction of rainforests as well as extinction of Orangutans and Sumatran Tigers amongst others.
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Thanks for reading and may you always have good health. A votre sante!