IS CANOLA OIL BAD FOR YOU?
Canola oil is highly controversial these days. Once beloved by all and used for many a boxed cake mix, it’s now avoided like the plague. Its bad reputation seems to have come out of nowhere, but is it deserved? Is canola oil bad for you? And is canola oil inflammatory? In this article, I’ll address these questions and more, including GMOs and the processing of canola oil.
What is “canola”, exactly? It all starts with the rapeseed plant – a pretty, yellow flowering plant. The rapeseed plant has a very oil-rich seed but also contains high levels of erucic acid – a compound that in large amounts can be toxic to humans.
So, in the 1970s, Canadian scientists set out to create a variety of the rapeseed plant with very low levels of this compound, which they named the canola plant. The name canola came from combining the words “Canada” and “ola” (for oil)….
ANOTHER ARTICLE: THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH ABOUT CANOLA OIL
BY DAWN GIFFORD OF SmallFootprintFamily
According to the mainstream media, Canola oil is “heart healthy” and a good source of monounsaturated fats similar to olive oil. Unfortunately, much of what you hear in the mainstream media has been influenced by the heavy-handed marketing tactics of big food companies.
Canola oil is cheap to produce, so they’ve spent a lot of money trying to convince you to think Canola is a “health oil” so that consumers, restaurants, institutions, etc. will buy it up as their main oil of choice.
Here is the inconvenient truth about Canola oil….But rapeseed oil demand plummeted when the war was over, and so began an intensive program to breed a rapeseed edible to humans. Traditional rapeseed oil contains almost 60 percent monounsaturated fatty acids (compared to about 70 percent in olive oil). Unfortunately, about two-thirds of the monounsaturated fatty acids in rapeseed oil are erucic acid, a 22-carbon monounsaturated fatty acid that had been associated with Keshan’s disease, which causes fibrotic lesions on the heart….