What’s the Deal with Canola Oil?

Peace and Love Everyone!

Let’s get straight to it.

What is the deal with Canola Oil? I’ve heard so many horrible things about it but so many ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ food products contain canola oil. Why? If it’s supposed to be good for you why does it have something bad in it? And if it’s not good for you, why is the food industry using it? Well the last question I know the answer to, money. Make it cheaply and sell it for alot.

Canola is thought of as a cheap and healthy cooking oil.

That’s funny, ‘healthy and cheap’ in this land we call that America doesn’t correlate at all. Those 2 terms are not equivalent or parallel. Everything that is considered healthy in America cost from a pretty penny to an arm and a leg. That should be our 1st clue.

We all want to eat healthy at some point in time but if you are struggling from pay check to pay check we tend to neglect our health and eat cheap. After all, our bills have to be paid, right?

I want to go into how a country that would prey on those who are less fortunate or who encourages low pay is horrible. But I’ll stand on that soap box later.

Canola may be healthy. If you look on WebMD it says that Canola oil has the lowest in saturated fats, has the highest in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is a polyunsaturated fat similar to omega 3 fish oil which only has 11% and flaxseed oil has 57% of ALA. They quote small studies where it helps people who have high cholesterol.

The website references berkelywellness.com notes way down on the page that most plants used for canola oil are genetically modified to be resistanent to round up, which is used to kill weeds.

Here is my problem. Genetically modified products have already done damage to the environment as well as killing millions of bees. Also, Roundup has been shown to cause cancer. It gets into the soil and in out food. Why would you want to be exposed to such a chemical?

Now the organic rapier seed (the seed the canola oil comes from) has a small market. Europe has the non-modified plants.

Then the process the plant goes through to get the oil requires chemical solvent. Manufactures claim the chemical is removed after the process. So it may or may not be in the oil. Just because they say the chemical is removed doesn’t mean it is. It could be it’s mostly removed or the majority of it. Not to mention chemicals change the products they are in contact with. How has it changed the end product?

The cold expeller pressed oils do not require a chemical. This would also mean that there are more nutrients and antioxidents in the oil. Then there’s the fact that cold pressed canola oil cost more.

Now according to Dr. Axe’s website Monsanto has control of the plant seed used now. 87% of all the canola grown in the U.S. is GMO and 90% of Canada’s crop is GMO.

Now Canola oil comes from the rapeseed plant, which is a member of the mustard family. Rapeseed oil and canola oil are used interchangeably. The problem is that the wild rapeseed contains large amounts of erucic acid and this causes health problems. The GMO canola has been modified with lower erucic acid.

Canola oil was used for candles, soaps, lubricants, inks, biofuels, and insecticides. Once genetically modified it was sold as edible. Marketed as low in saturated fats and a source of omega fatty acid. This so doesn’t sound right. It was never for consumption, and now it is. That’s like the oil we use to heat our houses and run cars, now being used to cook dinners. Not everything is meant to be edible.

What kind of problems does the Rapeseed or Canola oil cause?

Kidney and Liver problems

Life threatening heart trouble

Hypertension and Stroke

Retards (slows) growth in children and babies

Increases the intake of unhealthy trans fats

Canola oil (GMO) side effects

Toxicity in the body

Allergic reactions

Immune suppression


Less nutrition absorbed by the body

The problems that the oil causes are not worth it to save a few dollars. The food industry has lied to us again to make money.

Of course I won’t leave you without options.

Ghee – organic pasture raised

Olive oil

Coconut oil

Red Palm oil

Now that that’s settled I can end this blog.

Next week, Chapter 12 of ‘The World of Dreamers’.

Peace & Love!

Published by leticiaedghill

Like so many women I wear different hats. Sometimes all at once, sometimes one after another. I'm a mother, teacher, daughter, sister, friend and writer. That doesn't include my love to create things. I love working with my hands to crochet, draw, mix natural products and the list goes on. This blog is an extension of that love. Join me and see how I Live Love Create.

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