I can`t believe it`s so unhealthy…..
This oil is everywhere, from the hot food bar to popular packaged foods like protein and granola bars. It`s even mixed in with olive oil at major restaurants.
Where does canola oil come from? Those unhealthy fats iare extracted from rapeseed plants that have been genetically modified. The oil must go through extremely heavy processing with highly toxic hexane gas to even be edible, and it can go rancid very easily. It`s also very high in omega-6 fats.
You want to know about really terrible oil? Let me tell you about cottonseed oil, a by-product of the cotton crop that is high in omega-6 fats and inundated with pesticides and chemicals. It is used to make potato chips and other processed foods.
Cotton is a textile, so it is not regulated by the same standards as food crops. Pesticides and chemicals can be used on conventional cotton that can`t be used on other conventionally grown crops. Ultimately, this puts our food supply in grave danger.
Cotton farming which is particularly pesticide- and chemical- intensive, starts with the planting of GMO pesticide-impregnated seeds sold to farmers by Monsanto. The seedlings then require intense applications of fungicides, followed by pesticides and defoliants before harvesting.
To extract the oil and make it edible, the cotton plant must undergo intensive chemical refining, which includes using hexane as a solvent. Cottonseed oil is then used in livestock feed (along with the hulls) and put into many humans foods, which is a possible route by which residual pesticides enter the food chain. Cottonseed oil does not belong in our food supply and should be strictly avoided.
OTHER HIGHLY REFINED OMEGA-6 OILS
For your own health and safety and that of your family, please be aware that there are other processed oils on the market that are highly refined and loaded with omega-6 fats. These include corn, soybean, grape-seed, safflower, sunflower, and peanut oils. Some of these are usually produced from GMO seeds and are unstable when exposed to heat. This instability causes oxidation, a process that generates free radicals. Free radicals are renegade molecules in the body that damage cells, triggering a host of diseases, from heart disease to Alzheimer`s disease to cancer.
Trans fats are created through the hydrogenation process. Trans fats are widely considered the worst kind for your heart and provide absolute no benefit to human health. They can raise levels of “bad” cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease. Trans fats are responsible for between 72000 and 228000 cardiac disease events a year (2006 Harvard epidemiologist published research in the New England Journal of Medicine).
Fortunately, the FDA announced at the end of 2013 that it would require the food industry to phase out these heart harmful fats. Until the phase out is complete, trans fats still linger in our food, and they are killing people. Foods containing these deadly fats include:
Ready to bake garlic bread
Commercially baked pastries
Fast foods (especially those that are fried)
The only way to know whether a food contains trans fats is to check the ingredient list for “partially hydrogenated” oils. If you see this, put it back on the shelf.
At the same time, be aware that some products claim to have “0 trans fat”. These foods may still contain partially hydrogenated oils, a small amount of trans fat, and even a substantial amount of saturated fat. That`s because the FDA defines “zero” as less than 0, 5 grams of trans fat per serving. Thus, a serving could have as much as 0, 49 grams of trans fat, which is significant amount.
Restaurants are notorious for frying food in trans fats. Check with the kitchen before ordering and ask if they use any hydrogenated oils. Nothing healthy comes from consuming trans fats in any amount.
IS BUTTER UNHEALTHY FATS?
Butter is high in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a type of fat that protects you from tumor growth and cancer. Butter is not inflammatory like oils made from corn, canola, or soy, and it provides a nice dose of omega 3-fatty acids if you get it from the right source. Choosing the wrong type of butter can secretly ruin your health without your even knowing it. The scientists have now concluded that butter is actually good for your brain and for the other areas too.
Here is the problem: A lot of butter in grocery store comes from cows fed almost entirely genetically engineered or GMO plant foods such as corn, soy, and alfalfa. Some farmers fatten up their feed with additional sugar from GMO sugar beets and cottonseed. As we have learned, cotton is the most toxic crop because it isn`t treated as a food but rather as a textile and thus is less strictly regulated. Also, GMO crops are typically sprayed with astronomical amounts of pesticides.
Conventional dairy cow feed is sometimes fortified with additional protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and CLA from GMO rapeseed, because the cows are not getting these nutrients naturally from the grass.
Always check the ingredient list to protect yourself.
Extract from the book THE FOOD BABE WAY by Vani Hari