Canola oil has long been promoted as being the darling of health-conscious companies and individuals. What may not be known is that canola oil has a sinister side.
Let’s start with its history. Saturated fats, like those found in butter, began to receive negative coverage due to the relationship to clogged arteries, a factor in heart disease. As a result, manufacturers and consumers began to look for a healthy monounsaturated fat. Olive oil, the staple of the famed Mediterranean Diet, seemed to be the rising star. A small problem existed, however. As olive oil would be a healthy oil to consume, there was not enough supply of it to go around. Plus, olive oil was not cost-efficient oil for manufacturers to use. The search was on for an alternative.
Canola oil seemed to be the answer. Introduced in the late 1970s, canola oil received positive promotion as affordable, heart healthy monounsaturated oil. The name “canola” came about because the oil, being derived from the rapeseed, is mostly grown in Canada. What is kept secret is that canola oil received its GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status after the Canadian government paid the United States Food and Drug Administration $50 million for this designation.
Although canola oil is high in beneficial omega-3 essential fatty acids, a healthy oil most Americans are deficient in, canola oil is also high in erucic acid, a toxic substance to the human body, contributing to heart lesions. To reduce this substance, canola oil is genetically modified, a process which involves seed splitting and known to cause endocrine disruption. Other genetically modified crops include:
- Cottonseed oil
Canola oil might be better used for industrial purposes, like greasing hinges.
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