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Canola Oil – Is it Safe or Hazardous to Your Health?

Posted Apr 06 2013 10:03pm

There’s been a lot of discussion on the safety of the foods you have in your home. How safe is your milk, your bread, your fruits and vegetables and the list goes on and on. One question that intrigued me was how safe was the oil used for cooking? Although there is a lot of talk about genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and that is a discussion for another post, today I wanted to focus on Canola Oil. What exactly is canola oil? Where does it come from? Is it safe or hazardous to your health?

Although there are experts who claim that canola oil is safe there are many that will dispute and argue against those experts. So now for some history.

Canola oil is being sold as a ‘healthy‘ oil that can withstand high heat temperatures. It is being sold to the public as a very light oil that is perfect for baking and cooking. However, contrary to these claims it is not as healthy as you might believe. Before a definition for canola oil can be given we must first determine where it comes from. Olive oil comes from olives. Peanut oil comes from peanuts. Sunflower oil comes from sunflowers. But where does canola oil come from? Is there such a thing as a canola seed?

Canola is not a plant name it is actually derived from these words: CANadian Oil Low Acid. Canola is a genetically engineered plant that was developed in Canada from the rapeseed plant. The rapeseed plant is part of the mustard family, however it was not used to create oil for human consumption. It have been long been used to produce oils for industrial purposes such as lubricant for ship and steam engines.

Rapeseed oil is poisonous and actually an excellent insect repellent. It is not something we should be ingesting. Although many experts will claim that rapeseed plant is not hazardous, it produces a substance called erucic acid that can be toxic in large amounts. These same experts will claim that canola oil although derived from the breeding of rapeseed plants produce lower levels of erucic acid. 

The fact is that canola oil is derived from the rapeseed plant. It is an industrial oil, not a food, that has been used in candles, soaps, lubricants and biofuels. Rapeseed oil in its natural state has been found to cause respiratory distress, constipation, emphysema, anemia, irritability and blindness, just to name a few.

But wait, now that they have figured out how to genetically modify the rapeseed plant and create a canola plant all is well? NO!!! It is now being sold as an edible food, with claims that is contains low saturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids. The biggest issue is that canola oil is still derived from the rapeseed plant and it is genetically modified.

Studies have shown that consumption of rapeseed will not show symptoms until much later, sometimes as late as 10 years. There have been many effects from it’s long term used but one is the destruction of the myelin sheath. The myelin sheath is the protective coating around the nerves. Some of the symptoms that have been presented are: respiratory issues, heart problems, memory problems, shaking and tremors, slurred speech, nervous breakdown and numbness of the extremities.

With the recent development of the Monsanto Act, many corporations will not be required to label their products Non-GMO. So it’s up to you to take personal responsibility for not only yourself but your entire family. It’s time to make the correct choices and not simply grab quick and easy products off the store shelves. Monsanto has been incorporating genetically modified organisms in its canola oil seeds, and now we know that Monsanto has also been selling GMO seeds for the following plants:

  • Canola
  • Alfalfa
  • Corn
  • Cotton
  • Wheat
  • Soybeans

It’s time to make the right choices. Instead of choosing inexpensive oils that will ultimately be detrimental to your health, choose a healthier alternative such as extra virgin olive oil, and sunflower oil. For an oil that can withstand higher temperatures consider using extra virgin coconut oil. Be sure to choose an oil that is in a dark container and be sure to keep it in a darkened place once opened. Be sure to read the labels, when in doubt choose organic. 

So, is canola oil safe or hazardous? From the research that I found, it should not  be made for human consumption. Please, do your own research. Be careful for those claims made by ‘medical professionals’ stating that canola oil is safe. It’s best to stay clear from using canola oil and all GMO foods. 

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