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Is Canola Oil Dangerous?

Is Canola Oil Dangerous?Is Canola Oil Dangerous?

Would you cook with oil that comes from a seed that insects refuse to eat?  Would you use industrial lubricating oils to cook food for your family?  Most people would quickly answer “no” to both questions, yet they may unknowingly be using this product for cooking right now.

The dangers of cooking with canola oil are perhaps unknown by unsuspecting or uninformed consumers.  New studies are proving the long term dangers of consumption of food products prepared with foods that have been genetically modified in laboratories.  Canola oil is derived from genetically engineered rapeseed.  The original purpose for this particular oil was for industrial lubrication use.  Rapeseed is part of the mustard family.  It is a toxic, poisonous weed that even insects won’t eat.

What Is Canola?

Canola is an acronym for Canada oil, low acid, and was contrived by the Canadian oil industry in 1978.  Canadian scientists genetically modified the rapeseed plants for the express purpose of processing the oil for human consumption.  It was cheap and easy to grow. In the 1970’s, the food super-companies were looking for substitutes for saturated fats, which were being blamed for heart and other health diseases, and Canada was set to fill the need with canola.

Natural rapeseed oil is poisonous to humans and animals.  It contains high levels of erucic acid, which causes heart lesions and other problems.  Reasons for the need to change the name for marketing purposes are obvious.  Rapeseed has been used as a source of oil for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, but it was unprocessed cold-pressed oil.

Canola Oil & Omega 6 Fatty Acids:Is Canola Oil Dangerous?

Canola oil is a rich source of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFA, which within limits are beneficial to human health.  However, studies show that excessive consumption of this strain of fatty acids can be counterproductive.  An Israeli study, published in the November 1996 issue of the Israeli Journal of Medical Sciences, investigated the high incidence of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity, non-insulin-dependent diabetes and cancer among Israelis.

Israel is a country where the consumption of mega-6 PUFA is 8 percent higher than in the United States and 10 to 12 percent higher than in most European countries.  The study concluded that “rather than being beneficial, high omega-6 PUFA diets may have some long-term side effects, within the cluster of hyperinsulinemia, atherosclerosis and tumorigenesis.”

Canola Oil Benefits:

Canola Oil has been found to contain some essential fatty acids, which can have beneficial effects on the heart and cardiovascular Is Canola Oil Dangerous?system.  About 218 g of canola oil contains 16 g of saturated fats, 61.2 g of polyunsaturated fats, 137. 9 g of monounsaturated fats and 0.9 g of trans fats.  The same amount of canola oil can provide about 1927 calories.  Apart from these, omega-3 essential fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids are its other important nutrients.

Most of its known benefits can be attributed to the presence of high levels of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Unsaturated fatty acids are known for their beneficial effects on human heart.  These fatty acids are known to reduce the risk for heart and cardiovascular diseases.  Again, it can provide a significant amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, that may increase the level of good HDL cholesterol in the body.  These essential oils may also improve immune functions and promote brain health.

It does contain a small quantity of saturated fats, which is much lower than what is found in many other cooking oils.  This is the reason why, it is considered as a superior oil than many other commonly used cooking oils.  However, it has encountered severe criticism. The oil and its entire manufacturing process has become a subject of debate, some praising the oil for its health benefits, while others pointing out some serious possible side effects.  If this article on canola oil was helpful, please leave a comment right below my bio or hit the share button to share with your friends :-)

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Chris

 

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Originally born and raised in Woburn Massachusetts (love my Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins!) I made my trek northward to the beautiful state of Maine back in October 2003 after marrying my college sweetheart. We began a family in 2004 and I am happy to say that we have 4 happy, healthy, beautiful children that bring an amazing amount of joy to our lives! I am also a type 1 diabetic. Diagnosed back in 2006 (out of the blue), at a routine doctors visit. Diabetes has single handed-ly been the biggest obstacle that I have faced in my life. At the time I had no idea of what a roller coaster ride I would be in for, I mean really, what's a couple finger sticks a day and a couple shots of insulin for food...this will be easy, I got this! Well 2 ER visits later, I quickly found out that this was no joke, and if I wanted to see my little ones grow up, this was something that I needed to take seriously! Little by little as we began to digest all of the information that was being thrown at us...fast acting insulin, short acting insulin, lancets, test meters, test strips, ketone sticks, carb counting, food groups, glucagon emergency kits, insulin pumps, glucose monitors...OMG, my head was spinning like a top!! After a couple of crazy years, I can happily say that I am well controlled and feel absolutely amazing! Not to be lost in all of this either is the amazing support of my wife. She has been my rock! She has been with me every step of the way, from 2am finger sticks to helping me change out a failed pump in the middle of a crowded restaurant. She truly is an amazing wife and mom and I can't imaging my life without her love and support- love you babe!

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