Let's better understand cooking oils
Okay . . . so this is one of my biggest "pet peeves" when it comes to what's "Healthy" and what's "Not"
So let's take today to understand what we're really putting into our body.
First . . . oils come from many different plants and from fish. However, "Oils" are NOT a food group, but they do provide essential nutrients. And some of the most commonly consumed oils of today include: canola, corn, cottonseed, olive, safflower, soybean, sunflower, sesame, avocado and coconut oil.
So yesterday I spoke of "soybeans" really being a GMO food . . . and even though they're "exempt" from GMO labeling requirements . . . they're a hidden danger to our health that unfortunately, manufacturers can legally sell to us.
But . . . it gets even worse than that . . . because "soybean" oil isn't even one of the top 2 worst oils to consume . . .
#1 is Canola oil, which is also a GMO crop food!
And did you know . . . there's no such thing as a Canola plant in nature! Canola oil is actually a "modified" version of "rapeseed" oil. And this "rape" plant (in the mustard family), contains compounds called "cyanide" . . . and even wild animals and insects avoid it at all cost in nature, That should tell us something . . . shouldn't it?
So how did this happen???
Well . . . since the industrial revolution, rapeseed oil has been an important component of "lubricants" for ships and steam engines because unlike most oils, it "sticks to metal". And around World War II, an intensive program began to breed a rapeseed edible plant for human consumption. Hence the birth of "Canola" oil . . . a GMO crop.
And where did the name come from???
Well . . . "Canola" was originally a trademark name of the Rapeseed Association of Canada and the name was a configuration of "CAN" from Canada and "OLA" meaning "Oil, Low Acid". Which is now a "generic term" for "edible" varieties of "Rapeseed oil" in North America and Australasia.