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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.

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Is Healthy Food Expensive?

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My sister Candace and I have had an on-going conversation about this topic for years. It’s definitely a topic that can be difficult to pinpoint because we all have different food purchasing habits and budgets and family sizes. So, a healthy food that we may think is reasonably priced because it fits into our food budget, may be expensive for others...or is it really?

In a recent Healing Life Wisdom podcast, Candace and talked about many points on this topic. In that podcast, I mentioned that I would be sharing several links.

On the topic of where to shop for your groceries, I was stunned to read how many Americans buy their food from dollar stores. HealthNutNews explained about 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food goes to buy processed foods. 60% of the food Americans eat is not just processed but ultra-processed which is defined as food products containing several ingredients that are not traditionally used in cooking. Also, besides salt, sugar, oils and fats, they can include artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners and other additives used to imitate sensorial qualities of unprocessed or minimally processed foods. Read the entire article here.

How can we encourage people to eat healthy? Is it a matter of time? Is it a matter of budget? A quick on-line search shows hundreds of budget-minded recipes: 20 recipes for eating healthy on a budget, cheap healthy meals, budget dinners, cheap heart healthy dinner ideas.

I did a little test on the cost of an Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup recipe. Going on-line to WalMart.com, I sourced all the ingredients in organic and came up with soup, side salad bread at $4.25 per serving. Note that this did not take into account the cost of basics, such as spices and WalMart did not offer an organic version of half and half.

There are actually many recipes that you can convert to healthier substitutes to eliminate pesticide laden greens and fruits, gmo’s and other processed and chemical additives. When looking to make the switch to incorporate more fresh organics into your diet, keep in mind that there is a list of the Dirty Dozen which includes the top twelve produce to always buy organic due to the heavy use of pesticides.

In 2018, that list included: strawberries, (with 20 different pesticides), spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and sweet bell peppers. At the same link, you will also find the Clean Fifteen list for those fruits and veggies that are clean to eat if you can’t find organic.

From webmd.com, there is a list of Tips for Sticking to Your Food Budget - ways you can keep your grocery bill low while your family eats healthier which includes: 1) Compare options and pay attention to portion size; 2) Plan before you shop - keep impulse buying to a minimum; 3) Choose cheaper protein - swap out red meat or fish with lentils for example; 4) Buy in season; 5).Go frozen when fruits and veggies aren’t in season. They’re usually frozen right after they’re picked so they may actually have more nutrients than “fresh” produce shipped from far away.

We invite you to listen to the entire podcast discussion by clicking here.



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Food Additives: How to Identify and Avoid

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On a recent episode of Healing Life Wisdom, Candace and I talked talked about the Top 10 food additives that could be affecting your wellness. Once you listen to this podcast, you will understand more about the importance of removing artificial food additives from your diet.

Honestly if you don’t know what an ingredient is and can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it! Have you or anyone you know experienced any of these: anxiety, depression, Hashimoto’s thyroid issues, macular degeneration, lyme, lack of focus and concentration, memory issues, headaches, fatigue, ringing in the ears, jaw pain, tooth pain, restless leg, tingles, numbness, back pain, bells palsy, bloating, hair loss, difficulty breathing, tightness of chest, brain fog, seizures, neuralgia, pinched nerves, trouble sleeping, autism, ADD, migraines, Alzheimers, dementia and Parkinsons? Read what Anthony William has to say about these and food additives in his top selling book, Liver Rescue [affiliate link].

There is a great article at HungryforChange.tv that gives you all the details on those top 10 which include:

  1. Artificial Sweeteners

  2. High Fructose Corn Syrup

  3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

  4. Trans Fat

  5. Common Food Dyes

  6. Sodium Sulfite

  7. Sodium Nitrate/Sodium Nitrite

  8. BHA and BHT

  9. Sulfur Dioxide

  10. Potassium Bromate

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