What is Canola Oil?

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by Tiffany Windsor

Click to listen to Tiffany and Candace talk about this topic on recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast.

Canola oil is in almost all processed food – read the labels you will be amazed at how many products contain canola. Canola aka rape seed contains toxic erucic acid and was originally used as lamp oil and industrial lubricant. It is heavily processed with chemical extractions (called hexane solvent extraction), high heat and bleaching to make it edible for humans. Canola is related to heart disease, inflammation, cellulite, stroke, Alzheimers, asthma, just to name a few.

Canola oil severely damages the immune systems, feeds pathogens, eats away at the linings in the body, stomach, intestinal tract, veins, arteries, heart and kidneys..

Brett Totty of blog.bulletproof.com explains that the controversy dates back to the 1950s, when the FDA banned rapeseed oil because of its negative effects on the heart, liver and kidney.

Did you know that scientists created the canola plant in the 1970s in response to an FDA ban on rapeseed oil. In 1956, the FDA ruled that high amounts of erucic acid, linked to heart muscle damage, in rapeseed made it unsuitable for human consumption? Check out Brett’s blog to learn more about how Canadian researchers developed a new variety of rapeseed through plant cross-breeding that is now known as canola oil.

Then in 1995, enter Monsanto, who bio-engineered Roundup-Ready canola plants. These GMO canola crops are doused in glyphosate. As you may have heard, there are studies which show high levels of glyphosate exposure are linked to numerous health risks in people, including celiac disease, hormone disruption, and even cancer.

On a recent Bulletproof Radio podcast episode, (iTunes) board-certified family physician Cate Shanahan, MD, author of “Deep Nutrition,” says that “somewhere between 30% and 50%, maybe 60% even, of the average American’s diet is composed of [soy and canola] vegetable oils. We have far more now in our diet than ever before in history.” Because of this, “the average American now is composed of far more polyunsaturated fat than ever before in history. Now, what does that mean? It means that when you biopsy human fat tissue, it’s composed of a more liquidy kind of fat that is more prone to degradation and inflammation than 50 years ago or than normal,” she explains.

Check out Brett’s recommendations for other oils to substitute and eliminate canola from your cupboard and diet.