Canola is a hybrid name derived from Canadian Oil, since it is grown, processed and exported primarily from Canada.
There is a plethora of reasons to stay clear from canola despite what you have heard about it. Million of people have been convinced by clever ad campaigns and skillful marketing techniques that canola oil is actually a healthy option when it comes to cooking. Canola oil is used in many different foods and especially in margarine, butter and hydrogenated fat products as well as processed foods.
Insecticides Are Bad For Your Health
Okay, I know what you’re probably thinking: Farmers all over the world spray their crops with pesticides, so what’s the big deal if they spray their canola crops as well. Well, first and foremost, my advice would be to stay as far away as possible from any foods that have been sprayed. Nonetheless, that’s not really what I’m getting at right now. What I’m actually saying is that canola oil itself is a remarkably good pesticide. In fact, it’s the key ingredient in many “non-chemical” pesticides.
Almost All Canola Oil Is Produced From Genetically Modified Crops
Genetically modified foods are as controversial today as they’ve ever been. These days, genetic modification has made it possible for farmers to grow significantly more produce than ever before. Considering that the world’s population continues to increase year on year, many believe that modified crops will help us to avoid a potential food shortage in the future, but again, this is debatable.
Anyway, I’m not going to into all that right now, but I will say that I do everything in my power to avoid eating genetically modified foods. For me, this is one of the reasons to avoid canola oil. After all, more than 90% of all canola oil is produced from genetically engineered crops. So, would I use canola oil made from the 10% of crops that haven’t been modified? Definitely not, but I’ll explain why a bit later after we’ve looked at the third reason why it’s best to stay away from this oil.
Canola Oil Is Hydrogenated Oil
All cooking oils, other than “cold pressed” or “extra virgin” are refined. This process typically includes de-gumming; bleaching and deodorizing. It also involves high temperatures and/or the use of some pretty nasty chemicals. Even if we choose to ignore the chemicals, we cannot escape the fact that the refining process causes the oil to become hydrogenated oil that contains health destroying trans fatty acids. Coincidentally, trans fatty acids are extremely harmful to cardiovascular health.
Now What Exactly is Canola Oil…?
Coconut oil comes from coconuts of course and peanut oil comes from peanuts and most oils derive from which that is there name. The same can not be said about canola oil. The oil comes from rapeseed and in the past was referred to simply as rapeseed oil. During this period of time it wasn’t really used in the food industry at all. Instead, it was mainly used in the industrial sector.
Once it found it’s way into the food industry The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) actually banned it in 1956. Reason being it is not fit for human consumption due to it’s high levels of erucic acid.
Once the 1970’s had rolled around farmers found ways to genetically modify rapeseed oil to contain less erucic acid deeming it now safe for human consumption. Of course right. With this being said it was back on the market and was oddly named ‘Rape Oil’ or ‘LEAR Oil” standing for less erucic acid rape oil. However for obvious marketing reasons the name was changed to Canola Oil.
While genetic modification was successful at lowering the erucic acid content, it also increased the amount of oleic acid, and this was once again a serious cause for concern because oleic acid has been linked to a number of health concerns, including the following
-Retarded growth (banned in infant formulas)
-Abnormalities in blood platelets
-Damage from free radicals
-Increased risk of developing certain types of cancer
Although canola oil may be promoted as a healthy choice it is indeed just the opposite. Government GMO crops are now being linked to many health problems both in animals and humans. There are many different healthier and natural alternatives that are not only better for you but taste better as well. Such as; organic extra virgin olive oil and cold pressed organic coconut oil. Being informed is the best thing you can be. If you liked reading about this and want to know more. Google canola oil and why it’s bad and I guarantee you’ll probably never use it again.