Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Truth About Canola Oil

Meant to mention this awhile ago but, better late than never. If you're buy and consume Canola Oil and think you're doing yourself a favor, think again.

Canola is not the name of a natural plant. It is a made-up word, from the words "Canada" and "oil". Canola is a genetically engineered plant developed in Canada from the Rapeseed Plant, part of the mustard family of plants. According to AgriAlternatives, The Online Innovation, and Technology Magazine for Farmers, "By nature, these rapeseed oils, which have long been used to produce oils for industrial purposes, are toxic to humans and other animals."

Amoung Rapeseed's other uses is an excellent insect repellent. In its diluted form, it will suffocate aphids on plants.. It works very well; it suffocates them. Ask for it at your nursery. Rape is an oil that is used as a lubricant, fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base and as an illuminate for color pages in magazines. It is an industrial oil. It is not a food.

US and Canadian farmers grow genetically engineered rapeseed and manufacturers use its oil (canola) in thousands of processed foods, with the blessings of both governments. Websites supporting canola say it's safe to use. They admit it was developed from the rapeseed, but insist that through genetic engineering it is no longer rapeseed, but "canola" instead. Except canola means "Canadian oil"; and the plant is still a rape plant, though genetically modified. The new name provides cover for commercial giants to make millions.
Canola oil is the cheapest oil to produce and the Canadian government subsidizes it to industries involved in food processing. The Canadian government and industry paid our Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) $50 million dollars to have canola oil placed on the (GRAS) List, "Generally Recognized As Safe". Thus a new industry was created. Laws were enacted affecting international trade, commerce, and traditional diets. Studies with lab. animals were disastrous. Rats developed fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals, and thyroid gland. When canola oil was withdrawn from their diets, the deposits dissolved but scar tissue remained on all vital organs. No studies on humans were made before money was spent to promote Canola oil in the USA.
Use olive oil, butter or peanut oil!

1 comment:

Patricia said...

Right on with this post, Treesong. People simply are not aware of the poisons that the FDA tells them are food and medicine. Canola oil being a big one. Posts like this are invaluable. Thank you.