Thursday, July 14, 2011

Using Canola Oil For Heart Health? Please Reconsider!

Revised Post- Updated

I swore off of  "processed" vegetable oils a few years ago.  Not only those oils containing trans fats, but processed vegetable oils as well.   I do end up consuming small amounts in dressings at restaurants and I accept that taking my own dressings every where with me is not really convenient especially when traveling.

I watched a few videos and read some books that talk about these so called "healthy" oils that we were told to switch to in the late 1970's about the same time we were told that meat and saturated fats were bad for us.

I consider myself to be a rather intelligent person so I began to question why processed man made oils would be better for us than natural oils that nature and god gave us.  I have also read that these man made oils have been potentially contributing to the increase in heart disease over the past 30-40 years.   You can read a little more about that in this Science Daily Article from 2013.

I watched a video about how Canola oil is made from the rapeseed. Rapeseed is a seed used in making mustard gas and is also used to make industrial solvents!   It's toxic so when they process the rape seed they have to remove those toxins with a solvent.  Next, they bleach it and then remove the wax which is then used to make shortening and margarine.  Yum!  Next they wash the oil with sodium hydroxide.  After that they bleach it again and deodorize it because it smells pretty bad. Because of the multiple heating processes the oil is rancid before it even hits the grocery store shelves!   Dr Josh Axe writes about that in his post:  Are You Eating Rancid Oils? 

Please watch the video below.  Oh, and just forget the first part of the video where it says its so healthy.  You'll understand what I mean right after you watch it!

I'd like you to see for yourself and decide if you really want to put this stuff into your body.  I don't want to put it in mine!  I'm trying to reverse my diabetes and get heart healthy.   Eating right is important!  Click on each link for the short three minute videos.

Olive oil is a much better choice if you wish to use a non-solid oil.  You can see the difference in how it is made here.  Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Lard and old fashioned Tallow like Great Grandma used to eat are all good choices.

If you still want to know more read The Great Con-ola by Mary Enig


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