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Why Canola Oil is A Health Hazard

Updated on January 27, 2014
Although the label states 100% canola oil, there is no clarification whatsoever as to exactly what canola oil really is...although I suppose if there was, no one would want to eat it.
Although the label states 100% canola oil, there is no clarification whatsoever as to exactly what canola oil really is...although I suppose if there was, no one would want to eat it.

As Far From Healthy as North is From South

When Canola oil, Canola margarine and other Canola-related products hit the store shelves, manufacturers were quick to jump on the bandwagon to ensure that their products were being promoted as 'heart-healthy' and 'a healthier alternative to (all-natural) butter.' Heart surgeons across the globe and even the Heart Foundation in South Africa have placed their stamp of endorsement on this horrendously unhealthy, carcinogenic, man-made, industrial lubrication product.

No Human Studies Regarding the Safety of Canola?

To date, there have been no known studies done on humans regarding the harmful side-effects of this Genetically Modified industrial lubricant. Yep, you heard right. No human studies have been performed on the effects of Canola products on humans, yet they receive approval and even endorsement from heart foundations and doctors? Something seems a little fishy if you ask me...

The actual name for Canola is LEAR (Low Erucic Acid Rape), because of the fact that it is made from Rapeseed oil. This substance in itself is highly carcinogenic (cancer-causing) to living organisms. Studies in rats have shown that consumption of this carcinogenic substance can cause fatty deposits to develop on internal organs such as the liver, heart, adrenal glands, thyroid and kidneys. Although the fatty deposits disappeared a while after the rats stopped consuming Canola products, the scar tissue still remained on the affected organs indefinitely. Rapeseed oil was also used during World War 1 to manufacture the chemical warfare agent known as Mustard Gas.

A Nervous System Carcinogen

Canola oil is high in what is known as glycosides. These are responsible for for the inhibition of enzyme functioning. For those who are not scientifically minded, this substance prevents foods from being metabolized or used in the body, which means that any food you eat after consuming Canola is nto able to supply any nutritional value to your body whatsoever. This oil is also classified as a trans-fatty acid, which means that there is an extremely strong possibility of it having a direct link to causing cancer, even if you just breathe in the fumes when it is being heated for cooking purposes.

LEAR or Canola oil is also an acetyl cholinesterase inhibitor. This means that it interferes with the transmission of signals between the muscles and the nervous system. As a result, this could be one of the reasons for there being such a dramatic increase in the amount of multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy cases being diagnosed over the past two decades. Think about it, 15 or even 20 years ago, these conditions were nowhere near as prevalent as they are today. This is probably because of the fact that these so-called 'healthy food alternatives' were nowhere near as popular as they are these days.

Hidden Canola

These days, Canola is found in almost every snack and convenience food. Do you read labels to see what ingredients your food contains?

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Finding the Hidden Beast

Where you Can Expect to Find Canola Oil

Unfortunately, this horrific substance has been added to such a wide variety of foods over the years that it is now difficult to find foods in the shops that do not contain it in any form. No matter what type of fast food or ready-made meals you consume, you are most likely to be downing a dose of this carcinogen in the process. Most cookies, commercial peanut butter products, mayonnaise and salad dressing products, baby foods, formulas, frozen french fries, lunch meats, margarine, bakery foods, chocolates and candy products and virtually any other processed food you can think of will contain some form of Canola or rapeseed oil. If a label states vegetable oils, you can almost bet your bottom dollar that Canola or rapeseed will be one of them.

How to Avoid This Carcinogen

One of the easiest ways to avoid consuming this product is to avoid fast foods and commercially baked goods as much as possible. By learning to make and prepare your own after-school snacks and treats for your children, you will be preventing them from consuming a known carcinogenic substance. You will also be teaching them an essential life skill in the process - learning how to prepare foods from scratch. Although many heart specialists advise against consuming butter, it is actually far superior, healthier and better-tasting than any margarine product ever manufactured.

As Hippocrates once said, 'Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.' By avoiding toxins such as Canola, we will be doing our bodies the world of good. At the end of the day, if your grandmother wouldn't recognize the so-called food items in your shopping cart, you shouldn't be eating them, because they are not actually food. Rather, they should be classified as 'food substitutes' or 'fake food', as they have literally been created in a laboratory and humans end up being used as alternatives to lab rats in order to test the so-called safety levels of these frankenfood products.

For those who use Canola 'because my doctor told me to,' you may want to consider changing doctors or start doing your own research, instead of blindly following the crowd. Most doctors out there are too busy making money out of their sick patients instead of being honest with them and telling them that the manufactured 'food substitutes' they are eating is actually what is responsible for making them sick.

This is of course another reason why the medical industry tries to have patients focus on 'finding the cure' instead of 'finding the cause.' They know that, once patients determine the cause of their sickness, they will get better, which in turn will cause the medical industry to lose money.

Think, before you buy, before you eat.


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    • Shona Venter profile imageAUTHOR

      Shona Venter 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Absolutely, Radcliff. So many people fall for the hype, simply because 'the Heart Foundation said so.' Of course they will promote the poison because each product sold with their logo on it means more money for them. Not to mention that food prepared with this carcinogen also tastes really awful...

    • Shona Venter profile imageAUTHOR

      Shona Venter 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      While this may be true melpor, it would perhaps be the same as saying, 'Here, have just a drop of arsenic, it shouldn't do too much damage.' Speaking from personal experience with people close to me, those who changed their diet to include canola products were actually the ones who developed heart disease and had heart attacks, despite the fact that they were extremely fit and active.

    • Shona Venter profile imageAUTHOR

      Shona Venter 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Organized living: you do have a point there. However, at the end of the day, I think that once a person is made aware of the facts regarding a particular topic, it is then up to them to decide what to do with the information. Mind you, preparing most foods from scratch is actually far tastier anyway.

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      Adrian Walker 

      5 years ago from Magnolia, AR

      Thanks for the information. the part about Canola oil blocking the function of enzymes and presumably the complex amino acids they are made from is going to be an obvious problem here. Considering its wide use I'm not sure cutting it altogether is a good idea. Probably should keep the body attempting to metabolize it, if only in sminute quantities. unless you want to go live in a cave. just a thought.

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      Melvin Porter 

      5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Canola oil used in food products is produced from canola plant not for rapeseed plant. Rapeseed plant contains a much higher level of erucic acid which is harmful to humans and animal. But canola oil produced by canola plants have a much lower level of erucic acid, less than 2%, and the heart healthy benefits of canola oil outweighs the harmful effects people are referring to.

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      Liz Davis 

      5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thank you for writing on this unpopular subject! It's a tragedy how many people believe that canola oil is safe and healthy, even though it is anything but.


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