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.
Now . . . the refining process of deodorizing and bleaching to become the "canola oil" that's in almost everything we consume . . . involves exposing rapeseed oil to high heat, which greatly reduces the "Omega 3" content. Not good!!!
And consumption of this "GMO Oil" has been linked to muscular disorders and fatty degeneration of the heart, kidneys, adrenals and thyroid gland.
So why is it in almost everything we consume???
Well . . . "Canola oil" is cheap to produce and manufacturers have spent a lot of money trying to convince us that it's the "healthy" oil. This way consumers, restaurants, institutions, etc., will buy it up as their main oil of choice.
That's right . . . money in the manufacturers pocket. But still has NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE to human beings.
Okay . . . so next . . .
#2 is Cottonseed oil. This is an "industrial" plant saturated with "pesticides"!
Thousands of commercially produced foods contain cottonseed oil, everything from canned foods to chips and other packaged items. It's even in the food we feed to our beloved animals.
However, cotton is "NOT' a food crop, and therefore is "NOT" treated like an "edible" crop, but rather an industrial one. Virtually anything can be sprayed on cotton plants to ward off insects and induce growth. Even dangerous poisons..
And with this . . . these toxins work their way deep into the plant, literally transforming them into toxic organisms.
And while this may be okay for making pants and shirts . . . cottonseed oil is truly "not" safe to consume.
You see . . . the majority of cotton plants are genetically modified and altered at the molecular level. Even though we are not eating the cotton plant directly, the extracted oil contains the same properties as the plant.
And besides this oil containing high amounts of "Omega 6" fatty acids (NOT good), cottonseed oil has a similar protein structure to peanuts, so people who are allergic to peanuts may have a serious allergic reaction to this oil as well. However, the FDA does not require an allergy label on this oil - even though an allergic reaction to this oil can also be fatal.
These are just 2 of the oils that devastate our health in so many ways.
Tomorrow we'll talk about some of the best oils for us.
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