Mile after mile of bright yellow rapeseed (canola) crops aren’t as benign as you may think. As opposed to healthy fats that come from things like avocados, olive oil, coconuts, and hemp seeds, canola oil is extremely dangerous to your health. Here are three science-backed reasons you should ditch canola oil for a healthier alternative as soon as possible.
Canola oil is attractive to convenience-food manufacturers because it is much cheaper than healthier alternatives, but many people confuse the different types of fats, without understanding the difference.
Vegetable oil, i.e. canola oil comes most often from brands like Mazola, Wesson, Lou Ana, etc. Even brands like Smart Balance or Earth Balance which contain canola oil blends can be very detrimental to your health – despite their confusing names!
This fat is also a linoleic acid (PUFAs) which should be distinguished from the healthy omega-6 gamma linolenic acid which actually helps you lose weight. There’s a big difference! Also, most people on the Standard American Diet, even if they don’t live in America, are eating far too many Omega 6 fats and not enough healthy, brain boosting, fat-burning, metabolism supporting Omega 3 fats.
Canola oil may contain some Omega 3s, but they are often rancid, and don’t get processed easily by your body. Unless you can find cold-pressed canola oil, you should skip it altogether. This is because most canola is chemically extracted using a solvent called hexane, and heat is often applied which can affect the stability of the oil’s molecules, turn it rancid, destroy the omega-3s in it, and can even create trans fats – those pesky fats that we have also been warned against.
- Canola Oil Makes You Fat
Canola oil makes you fat because it is chemically processed, and your body cannot derive the same benefits from it as unprocessed, natural oils like extra virgin coconut oil or high quality, organic olive oil.
Sadly, this oil is found in everything. Almost every single processed food product you pick up in the grocery store is going to contain canola oil. So – how can you avoid it? Eat less processed foods, and opt instead for fresh fruits and vegetables, and healthy oils found in foods like those mentioned above – avocadoes, coconuts, olives, and olive oil, hempseed, nuts, etc.
- Canola Oil Ruins Your Brain
New research has found that canola oil builds up plaque deposits in the brain which can cause neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. These plaques also affect our mood and make our memories bad, while reducing overall cognitive performance. Rapeseed oil (another name for canola oil) usually turns into trans fats which are terrible for your body. Even the corrupt FDA said recently that these types of fats should be phased out completely due to the multiple health problems they cause.
- Canola Oil Comes from GM Plants
Canola comes from one of the most commonly genetically modified seeds, which means it is also usually sprayed with copious amounts of herbicide sand pesticides, which were developed to be used in tandem with that GM seed.
Canola oil was created in the early 1970s as a natural oil, but in 1995, Monsanto created a GM version. 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.
The numerous health dangers that are associated with genetically m modified plants and the chemicals used on them are almost too many to list, but they include:
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Endocrine disruption
- Birth defects and spontaneous miscarriage
- Liver disease
- Lung disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Leaky Gut
- Depleted Immunity
- Altered DNA
- Cells that age faster, and more.
Is it really worth putting your health at risk for such a horrible, cheap substitute for healthy oils? Now that you know better, you can phase this oil out of your diet and replace it with healthier options.