Just because Whole Foods uses canola oil for their prepared foods in the USA, doesn’t mean it is actually a healthy oil. Whole Foods is a business cashing in on health trends with minimal regard for promoting and preserving what’s actually healthy.
One of those trendy unhealthy items is canola oil. It’s promoted as similar to olive oil, very high in monounsaturated fat and very low in saturated fat. The polyunsaturated fats are mostly Omega-3 type. That may or may not be true. Either way, that promotional statement overlooks a lot of factual information.
It’s common to use certain phrase that may be true, such as low in saturated fat, that the public has been indoctrinated against for more sales. But really, what’s so bad about saturated fat? Avocado is a saturated fat fruit, considered by many a superfood, and coconut oil is a saturated fat that has many health benefits. Both very healthy if not contaminated with pesticides and herbicides.
Canola Oil Basics
First of all there is no canola seed or plant. Canola oil comes from rapeseed plant seeds, which despite its ugly name yields a high amount of oil. Originally, that oil wasn’t fit for human consumption. So it was used industrially, similar to motor oil’s machinery protection. What made it unfit for humans was erucic acid, which can lead to fatty deposits in the heart muscles of animals and humans.
But eventually after years of hybrid breeding, the latest versions of rapeseed plants have eliminated most of the erucic acid, making that toxin a non-issue today. But even if a crop of rapeseed, er canola oil is among the ten percent or so of “canola” seeds that are not genetically modified to withstand glyphosate herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup Ready, the processing of this oil makes it a health hazard.
And how come canola oil is not called rapeseed oil? Well, Canada had a lot of rapeseed plants growing and wanted to encourage and support farmers growing it, so they renamed rapeseed oil Canola oil. Can stands for Canada and ola references the oil’s fatty acids. Canola oil means Canadian vegetable oil.
When you purchase foods made with canola oils, which is a very cheap processed oil, it is very likely to be GMO because 80-90% of canola comes from Roundup Ready rapeseed, er canola seeds to allow heavy glyphosate spraying.
The cheap canola oil used in your processed or packaged foods might be GMO too. Organic canola oil can be contaminated by pollen drift from nearby GMO canola fields, or seed trucks passing by, or seed exchange contamination. This is quite common with organic rapeseed.
One of the most famous Canadian organic farmer versus Monsanto stand-offs was based on GMO Canola seeds blown off trucks passing by his farm and drift from a neighboring farmer who was totally GMO contracted.
The farmer, Percy Schmeiser, was sued by Monsanto in 1999, and he challenged the lawsuit despite constant surveillance and harassment from Monsanto’s hired henchmen. It’s a fascinating David vs Goliath story that you can access here.
But the main point is that it’s highly probable even organic canola oil is contaminated with GMOs along with the Roundup glyphosate herbicides they’re prepared to safely absorb.
Canola oil is heavily processed with high heat to partially hydrogenate the oil and create longer shelf life. Partially hydrogenated oils are trans-fat oils. How come some labels say no trans-fats?
The FDA allows processed food manufacturers to list any trans-fats content under .5 grams per serving can be listed as zero grams. Besides, they’ve been caught lying about trans-fat levels. (Source)
All highly processed plant food oils are very inflammatory, meaning they create inflammation in one’s organ tissues. Chronic inflammation leads to a myriad of autoimmune diseases that are commonly attributed to getting older, except with the ever increasing rise of early onset diabetes 2.
Chemically deodorizing canola oil with hexane and bleaching as well as the high heating processes used make canola oil as unhealthy as other partially hydrolyzed processed vegetable oils.
Despite terrible results from feeding animals rapeseed based meal, it is rumored that the Canadian government and canola industry paid the FDA $50 million to obtain GRAS (generally regarded as safe) status. More information can be found here.
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Cold pressed plant or seed oils are naturally healthy oils. No chemicals or heat are used to extract the oils. Organic olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, flax seed oils and others that are not heated or chemically extracted are the oils that should be used for cooking and salad dressings to support and enhance good health.
The Truther Girls are Canadian. Here’s what the lead truther girl has to say about Canola oil.