Today I received an email from an old friend about the dangers of Canola oil.
“WHAT?” you ask, “Do you mean to tell me that the oil I cook with and feed my family every day is dangerous?”
Here’s an on-line copy of the text of the email that my friend sent – “The Truth about Canola Oil.”
“Canola oil” – have you ever seen a “Canola bush?” Neither have I, but that never occured to me before today. A quick internet search turned up many sources apparently defending Canola, including Snopes:
However, having learned from long and painful experience that “the powers that be” are not necessarily being honest with me (can you say “financially-driven propaganda machines?”) I read what the opposing voices had to say. I then proceeded to immediately inform my wife and I threw out what remained of our Canola oil supply!
Generally speaking, when you are trying to determine the reliability of a source, you can “follow the money.” Most of the defenders of Canola oil listed above have a financial stake, either directly or indirectly, in Canola oil. As another consideration, contemplate the “world-view” of the authors. Are they predisposed to happily accept manufactured, processed, genetically modified, packaged, or otherwise tampered with “food?” Do they view God, or at least “nature,” as the preferred source of nutrition?
FYI, please check out these links that I consider more reliable on the basis of the criteria I just mentioned:
Why, I would ask, would we want to risk our health on this “novel” processed oil only to save a few $$$ when compared with completely natural oils proven through centuries of common use? How much of our health have we already unknowingly sacrificed to the commercial profit of the “Canola” oil companies?
Here’s the reply I sent to the friend who alerted me to this insanity (herein slightly edited and expanded,) in addition to publishing this warning piece on my blog:
THANK YOU very much for bringing this to my attention! I found a copy of what you sent here:
You might want to “follow up” to your mailing list with the link below. Why? If you check “snopes.com” you will find that this information is discounted… You will also find a very strong Canadian “lobby” that is trying to defend the product. However, myself being naturally suspicious of virtually anything purporting to be food, but that has been somehow “tinkered with” or “created” by people for profit, I found this added information:
There you will find a collection of articles that generally affirm the danger of Canola oil. If you search further on the internet, you can see for yourself that (generally) those promoting and defending Canola oil have some strong commercial interest in it, and those pointing out the danger really have nothing to gain other than the satisfaction of “sounding the danger alarm” to their fellow man.
I think it is probably a lot safer, if you must bake or cook with oil at all, to use an appropriately chosen completely natural oil. Depending on your particular application, you might consider:
- Walnut oil
- Almond oil
- Rice bran oil
- Clarified butter
Other than cooking:
- Safflower oil
- Sunflower oil
- Sesame oil
- Olive oil
- Flax seed oil
Apparently, among other problems, Canola oil dissolves the myelin sheath around our nerves, causing any number of neurological disorders! Another thing to be aware of; insist that the restaurants you go to inform you whether or not they use Canola oil!
Thanks again, Roger!
On 11/14/2011 10:45 AM, Roger wrote:
> Good article even though written by a layperson on the toxicity of
> Canola oil, heretofore only an industrial oil.
> *Canola Oil*
Wow! What will it be next! Dear friends, let’s stay alert and help each other avoid these financially motivated traps that are killing us!