Canola comes from the Rapeseed plant, a member of the mustard family, it was genetically engineered and developed in Canada. It should really be named “Rapeseed Oil”. But who would buy that? Doesn’t sound very appealing. So it was given the name “Canola Oil” which stands for “Canadian oil, low acid” or “Canadian Oil”.
Let’s get down to some facts about Canola Oil / Rapeseed.
Rapeseed oil was originally used in light industry as a penetrating oil, to be used in light industry, not for human consumption. The FDA had actually banned it for human consumption in 1956. Later Canadian growers bred a new type of rapeseed in the 1970′s that was lower in the toxic erucic acid. A new name was developed for the oil to try and get away from the bad issues tied to rapeseed oil.
Rapeseed, the most toxic of all food plants suddenly through breeding was made safe? The poisonous weed has been shown to cause emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability, and blindness in both animals and humans, is suddenly safe? One has to ask if God created a plant to be poisonous is it correct to think that man can change this just through some ability of his own?
The Rapeseed plants’ oil makes an excellent insect repellent. As evidence, Canola oil is registered with the EPA as a pesticide. Guess what Canola oil must not have lost all of its insect fighting ability because it is the primary ingredient in many “organic” pesticide products used on vegetables. Vegol Year-Round Pesticidal Oil uses Canola Oil as 96% of the product. The label even states “CAUTION: Avoid contact with skin or clothing.” Wait there is more this canola oil-based pesticide also says on the label: ” Enviromental Hazards: Do not apply directly to water. Do not contaminate water when disposing of equipment…”. If you do get it on your skin to rinse the label says, rinse with water for 15-20 mins. and then “Call a poison control center or doctor for treatment advice.”
I looked at bottles of canola oil in the grocery store and did not find any “CAUTION or Enviromental Hazards” warnings on the labels. All I saw was that they contained 100% canola oil. How can an item be hazardous for humans and animals at 96% purity, but appear safe for humans and animals at 100% purity?
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Avoid Canola Oil at all costs.
Though the FDA has placed Canola Oil on the GRAS list (Generally Regarded As Safe), you can see from the facts that this is one oil you want to avoid at all costs.
Do you want to feed your family a genetically engineered toxic oil? My personal answer is a resounding NO!
The sad thing is, Canola Oil is so cheap, that it is used in most processed foods. You will find it in everything from breads, margarine, potato chips, to fast food, etc. The list goes on and on. This is one of the many reasons it is SO important to READ READ READ the labels carefully before you buy any food. And we already know there are a number of reasons to stay away from fast food.
The bottom line is Canola, which comes from rapeseed, is a modified food, it is not natural. Canola Oil is NOT a “God Food”.
What IS the healthiest oil for cooking?
The best, healthiest oil out there is Virgin Coconut Oil. The Medium-Chain-Fatty-Acids (MCFAs) are beneficial to your body/health in many ways. It is great to cook with, can take heat up to med-high, and is great to add to smoothies for an energy boost.
I could go on and on about this, but you will want to pick up the book Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon. This book discusses the many benefits of coconut oil in greater depth, along with some recipes.
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