Monday, February 20, 2012

The Grease on Canola

So, I'm standing at the supermarket checkout one day...

I noticed the lady behind me placing quite a few bottles of canola oil on the counter.

I glanced at the checkout lady.

She didn't seem disturbed.

I glanced back at the lady behind me, a bit agitated. My first impulse was to yell, 'put those bottles back! they're unhealthy!'

I bit my lip.


Yes, I did. To my great shame. B/c I realized I didn't know exactly WHY it was bad, but I did remember reading something....what was that?

So, I perused my resources to find out the real grease on canola.

Firstly canola oil was once extracted from rapeseed. However b/c the oil contained a toxc eurcic acid, it was banned by the FDA in 1956. In later years, a new variety was bred that contained much less acid was produced.

So, according to, "canola, however, is NOT rapeseed - their nutritional profiles are very different."


Rapeseed is the highest-producing oil-seed crop in the USA.

According to, "fats and oils, such as canola, play an essential role in human nutrition. Fat is part of every cell in the body, a valuable source of energy, aids in absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as beta-carotene, and slows digestion so that you feel full for a longer period."

It is true that fat is part of every cell. What they don't say is that in the process of deodorizing the oil, many
trans-fats are made. The body mistakenly uses the trans fats as if they were the real (cis) fats, and this is when havoc begins. Cell metabolism goes awry resulting in conditions like increased blood cholesterol, sexual dysfunction, paralysis of the immune system, diabetes, obesity and other problems.

ok, now I know.

So, I'm standing at the supermarket checkout one day....

G-d bless!!

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Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon

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