A Canadian invention which has morphed into a genetically modified product has recently taken one on the chin. And no wonder. The superfood company known as Monsanto has pushed it as a safe alternative for years. But the truth is, even though this oil has no business being in foods, it exists in hundreds of products. And that’s where the danger lies.
Canola oil was invented by Canadians in the early 70’s as a byproduct of the rapeseed plant, but in 2005, Monsanto hijacked the oil so that it could be more cheaply manufactured.
Canola oil has now been linked to several health issues in scientific studies. One study suggested genetically modified organisms have adverse effects on the body. Mammals were given genetically modified soybean and corn, and the study was broken out by sex. 43.5% or males in the study displayed kidney and liver disruption, while 30.8% of the females showed failure. Since the majority of canola oil is now manufactured with genetically modified material, the results of a study that focuses on genetically modified material shouldn’t be ignored.
It also increases the susceptibility for hypertension and stroke. In one study, rats were fed canola oil or a variety of other dietary fats. The rats which were fed canola oil died sooner than those eating from other oils.
Canola oil also acts as a carrier for trans fats, a fat which lowers your HDL or good cholesterol, and raises your LDL, or your bad cholesterol.
According to a study published in the Journal of Food Lipids, when soybean and canola oils purchased in the U.S. were evaluated, “The trans contents were between 0.56% and 4.2% of the total fatty acids.”
When you read “partially hydrogenated oil” on any food label, that guarantees there is some amount of trans fat present. This is true even when the label tells you that there is zero trans fat. How can that be? Well, if a serving contains less than 0.5 grams, the company is allowed to indicate there are no trans fats.
In a word, canola oil should be avoided. Not only are there more healthy fats on the market which don’t do as much damage, but besides its cheap upfront cost, nearly about this fat is detrimental to a person’s health.
Any benefit you get from the upfront cost is outweighed by the health problems you’re prone to develop down the road.
This means reading labels to discover if canola oil is in the food and shopping more organically when possible. Cook with a more organic substitute like coconut oil or even Ghee or butter from grass-fed cows.
Here’s to your health!