Do you use canola oil to cook?

When you walk into the grocery store and you stop at the oil section you are bombarded with options to choose from. Canola oil, olive oil, extra virgin olive oil, vegetable oil, corn oil, peanut oil, soybean oil, coconut oil (if you’re lucky), avocado oil and the list goes on…

As you’re staring at all the oils you wonder what really is the best option? Because you may not necessarily know and you heard from someone (friend, family member, coworker, media) that they use some type of vegetable oil, you automatically go for the vegetable oil. Which is seriously the wrong choice.

It seems now in the modern age, more and more refined, yellow, seed based oils (also known as vegetable oils) are being used. More and more people think these industrially processed oils are the healthy oils we should consume. Propaganda really doesn’t help either. Traditional fats have been thrown out the window and condemned unhealthy and the cause of heart disease.

The problem: 
The main problem with vegetable oils is they contain polyunsaturated oils that contain long-chain fatty acids. Why is that a problem? Because they are extremely fragile and unstable. Not only that, they are refined, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated and full of trans-fatty acids. Trans fat doubles your risk of heart attack, are responsible for the deaths of 30,000 Americans a year, increases risk of diabetes, hinders liver detoxification, impairs vision in children, correlates with increased risk of prostate and breast cancer, increases your body’s level of bad cholesterol (LDL) and decreases good cholesterol (HDL) and more more [1].


When creating these oils they are heated at such high temperatures with such high-pressure processing, they cause the delicate omega-6 PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids) to oxidize and go rancid. The oils then smell and taste terrible so they add a chemical deodorizer before being put on store shelves.


So, what exactly is a refined, yellow, seed based oil?That is going to be: canola oil, vegetable oil, soy bean oil, corn oil, safflower oil, and sunflower oil. Let’s dedicate this blog to canola because it seems a lot of people use this as the healthy alternative.

Brief history of canola:
Before canola was genetically engineered for consumption (hello, isn’t this the first sign we shouldn’t be eating it?), it was derived from rapeseed (part of the mustard family). Rape is an oil used as a lubricant, fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base and as a illuminate for color pages in magazines. Rapeseed is poisonous to living things and is used as a deadly pesticide. To put it in a nutshell, canola is derived from something originally used as a lubricant and a toxic pesticide. Totally unsuitable for human consumption, don’t you think? By the way, the Canadian’s created this and paid the FDA 50 million dollars to have rape registered and recognized as “safe.”[2]

How to eliminate canola and vegetable oils:
How do you go about eliminating these toxic oils from your diet? The first and easiest way is to head straight to your pantry and dump out all of those foul oils. You can replace those nasty oils with REAL heart healthy oils like extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, REAL butter and palm oils.

Unfortunately, you can find hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils (aka trans fats) in almost every processed food you buy. Yup, that’s everything from the crackers, cookies, fried foods, margarine to the bread, salad dressing, granola bars, cereals, hamburger helper… it’s a very long list. In fact, over 40% of all processed foods in the grocery store contain trans fat! The sad part is our labeling system is so screwed! If there is LESS than .5g of trans fat per serving manufacturers are not required to label it. So beware, even if a package says there are no trans fats, they may be lurking in “the dark,” especially if you eat that whole bag of potato chips.

Oh, not to mention when you go out to eat! Do a little experiment and the next time you’re out to eat, ask what type of oil they use to cook their food in. I can guarantee it’s some type of vegetable oil. The reason vegetable oil is every where is because they are super cheap to use and create!

So, now what do you do? How do you avoid these horrid oils and fats? You do your very best to eliminate all those boxed processed foods that strip away your health when you eat them. YOU READ EVERY LABEL OF EVERY FOOD YOU PICK UP (this may take time but it is essential for a healthy diet). You plan your visit to the grocery store around buying whole, fresh, unprocessed foods. You spend that extra time in the kitchen instead of eating out. Let’s face it, nothing compares to a home cooked meal filled with love. I, myself pledge to help you by posting nourishing recipes on this blog so you don’t have to search the web and books for hours to find a new recipe.

By doing these things you can most definitely improve your health and live a happier life. Remember, baby steps! Take the steps that are practical for you and your family. One small step in the right direction is better than no step at all.

Until next time,
Loriel – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul 

Resources:
[1]http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/06/02/08/what-exactly-does-it-mean-when-foods-are-hydrogenated-and-what-risks-can-it-pose.htm
[2] http://breathing.com/articles/canola-oil.htm
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