Yikes! Canola Oil?

By Shane YoungMay 16, 2016

Darn! The weather was so nice this weekend. I hope you got out there and had some fun! The pups and I had a great hike
and then we did some serious cooking this weekend!! I have 3 delicious quiches just staring at me right now!! Lol

Ok, a few of us were debating about going out to eat this weekend and one of the big problems with going out to eat is; you can’t control the quality of ingredients and you can’t control the oils they are using, even if you are making great choices on the menu. There are still things to consider.
(there ARE health conscious restaurants out there, check out my article on Bar Tartine)

Most restaurants use highly refined soybean oil or canola oil. Contrary to popular belief, canola oil is NOT a health food and I urge you to stop using this heavily processed oil immediately.

Let’s start with where canola oil comes from. You would think it comes from a canola seed, right? Olive oil is an olive derivative, avocado oil comes from avocados and sesame seed oil comes from sesame seeds. Well, that’s not the case here; there is no such thing as a canola seed!

In fact, canola oil is a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) from Canada that is incredibly cheap to manufacture and is often used in packaged, highly processed foods. Upon its initial creation in the 1970s, it was considered a natural oil, however, Monsanto eventually created a genetically modified version of the oil which was even less expensive to create (which is why many people still believe it to be a health food). As of 2005, 87% of canola grown in the United States was genetically modified and by 2009, over 90% of the crop was genetically engineered.

So you may be asking, what is it?!

Good Question. Canola oil is made from rapeseed and its name was originally LEAR (Low Erucic Acid Rapeseed). Since this doesn’t sound too appetizing, marketers changed the name to canola, a combination of “Canada”, and “ola” which means oil.

The rapeseed plant is pretty well known for its industrial use in products such as lipstick, soap, lubricants, ink, and insecticides which basically means it has NO PLACE ON YOUR PLATE. In fact, it has even been used as a basis for many biofuels. YUCK!

Canola oil is dangerous for consumption because it is genetically modified and because it’s a partially hydrogenated oil which raises LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. Many reports conclude that like many other GMOs, canola oil may also be linked to kidney, liver, and neurological health issues.

In terms of cooking oils, there are plenty of healthier, more natural alternatives you should use such as cold-pressed coconut oil, organic pastured butter, and ghee, or clarified butter.

Grass-fed ghee is actually one of my personal favorite products to cook with because it’s made through a simple, natural process of boiling butter and then pouring off the butterfat which leaves you with a delicious, healthy oil with numerous health benefits.

Ghee can reduce your risk of heart disease because it is rich in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which is a fatty acid known to protect against carcinogens, artery plaque, and diabetes. Traditional ghee is a healthy saturated fat and a much better choice than highly processed alternatives.

Ghee can also help heal your digestive tract! If you’re struggling with digestive issues, healing your gut lining is an important first step as good digestion is the key to optimal health and wellness. It’s rich in butyric acid, which is essentially a short-chain fatty acid that nourishes intestinal cells and reduces many inflammatory conditions.

What’s more is that ghee can actually help you lose unwanted weight. In addition to the cardiovascular benefits of CLA, it has also been shown to prevent weight gain and help with weight loss.

Now’s the time to replace that rancid, highly processed canola oil with grass-fed ghee so you can start reaping the health benefits of cooking with a natural oil. It’s a simple switch you can make today to ascend to a higher level of health and wellness!


Have a GREAT Monday!
Breathe Sweat Smile!


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