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So now what's wrong with canola oil?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I just read the what you don't eat thread by moma justice, and I was surprised to learn that there's issues with canola oil? I thought it was a "good" oil, and in fact, I probably overuse it (I pour globs of it in a pan to fry eggs, etc.) Can someone fill me in? I'm going to limit my use of it for now... Thanks!
post #2 of 16
I remember there was an email making the rounds about how terrible canola oil is,but acording to Snopes.com, it is a false urban myth.

http://www.snopes.com/toxins/canola.htm
post #3 of 16
FWIW, I do Weight Watchers and canola is one of the healthy oils they suggests members have 2 teaspoons of a day. Flaxseed, sunflower, olive, and safflower are the others.
post #4 of 16
hm, i wonder is snopes recieves funding from monsanto

the way that canola oil is processed usually makes it rancid. high heat plus oxygen causes damage to the molecules.

most canola is grown from genetically modified seeds and is fed a steady diet of nasty pesticides (specifically monsanto's roundup ready canola)

blech, ew yuch!

stick with first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil! or with real fats like butter or lard that people have been eating for millenia
post #5 of 16
http://www.mercola.com/2000/jan/16/d...anola_oil.htm#
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One problem with canola oil is that it has to be partially hydrogenated or refined before it is used commercially and consequently is a source of trans fatty acids; sometimes are very high levels.

Another problem is that it is too unsaturated to be used exclusively in the diet; some of the undesirable effects caused by feeding canola can be rectified if the diet is made higher in saturated fatty acids.
post #6 of 16
I don't eat it because non-organic canola oil is generally the Roundup Ready variety from Monsanto and is sprayed with roundup on a regular basis.
Monsanto is just plain evil, and I go out of my way not to support them. Here is a bit about why. http://www.percyschmeiser.com/
Not an unbiased site by any means, but it does tell a pretty accurate tale of what Monsanto did to the guy.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the link throkmorton. I am pouring my canola oil out asap. I may look for an organic type of canola oil. That would be okay, right? Does anyone have other suggestions for oils?
post #8 of 16
throkmorton - thanks! i had no idea.
post #9 of 16
I think organic canola would be better, anyways. I have always been too cheap to buy it, as it's about $8 for a tiny bottle here. There is no guarantee that it does not contain any GM Canola genes, but at least it wouldn't be sprayed with roundup. Canola seeds can spread extremely far, you see.
Roundup has it's place, but that place isn't anywhere near my dinner plate.
I use olive oil and butter and rarely fry anything.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Throkmorton
There is no guarantee that it does not contain any GM Canola genes, but at least it wouldn't be sprayed with roundup.
Isn't part of the organic certification a guarantee that you're not eating GM food?
post #11 of 16
if you look at percy schmeiser's story, you'll get an idea of why organic isnt a guarantee that there isnt gm canola even though it's certified. the seed from gm canola crops spreads far and wide--it's pervasive. that's one of the scary things about gm, it integrates into the ecosystem and it impervious to everything except the herbicide that's it's designed to work with.
post #12 of 16
Yeah, seeds and pollen from Canola (corn too!) can travel up to 10 km on the wind, more on trucks.
post #13 of 16


waaaaa! I didn't know this....
post #14 of 16
GM is very scary! THey found GM markers in traditional South American maize, miles from any other crops.
post #15 of 16
A pretty crunchy nutritionist told me to use butter for everything.Olive oil is a good second choice. I pretty much only use butter, though. If a recipe calls for an oil, I just melt the butter!

Suzy
post #16 of 16
ITA, m&gsmom.
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