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3 reasons you should reach for canola oil when you’re cooking

By Brierley Wright, April 6, 2010 - 11:33am

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Brierley asks: What oil do you cook with?

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I use Extra Virgin Olive oil. I would sooner cook with this that a generically engineered seed. They do not know what the generically engineered foods do to our body. When it was first developed, I was told in my chefs training to never use the oil.
Betty G

Anonymous

06/21/2010 - 4:12pm

I (mostly) agree with this article, but would add that expeller pressed organic canola oil is preferable for a few very good reasons:

1. Expeller pressed oil is oil extracted from nuts or seeds by simply crushing them -- look for labels that specifically mention cold extraction (some pressed oil is heated during the pressing process, heating canola oil reduces its healthful benefits); the yield is lower but the product generally retains more of its healthful benefits. Commercial types of oil extraction methods include (1) heat extraction, which damages the canola oil and (2) chemical extraction, which uses solvents such as Hexane (the oil is mixed with hexane and heated to high temperatures to drive off the solvents).

2. Certified Organic canola is likely not genetically modified. GM canola seeds are generally lower in Omega 3 fatty acids; Omega 3 fatty acids become rancid more quickly than other fatty acids. Genetically modified seeds have been developed to reduce the proportion of Omega 3's in order to prolong the shelf life of the oil. If you are for using canola oil in to help balance of fatty acids in your diet, then it makes sense to use certified organic canola oil. (Bear in mind that the most reliable information that I have read continues to report that the primary source of Omega 3's in our diets should be green leafy plants and cold water fish).

One credible source of information is Susan Allport's book "The Queen of Fats" and her related website www.susanallport.com. Andrew Weil has plenty of good information and Vital Choice Seafood's website is yet another source of information on fatty acids.

Happy Eating!
Laura

ljcwellstead

08/22/2010 - 2:50pm

Canola oil is the only oil i cook with ^_^

Anonymous

01/16/2012 - 4:02pm

Peanut oil. Can you tell me if it is good or bad to cook and fry with peanut oil.

Anonymous

02/29/2012 - 10:57am

Canola Oil

Compiled by Darleen Bradley

Recently I bought a cooking oil that is new to our supermarkets, Canola Oil. I tried it because the label assured me it was lowest in 'bad' fats. However, when I had used half the bottle, I concluded that the label told me surprisingly little else and I started to wonder: where does canola oil come from?

Olive oil comes from olives, peanut oil from peanuts, sunflower oil from sunflowers; but what is a canola? There was nothing on the label to enlighten me which I thought odd. So, I did some investigating on the Internet. There are plenty of official Canola sites lauding this new 'wonder' oil with all its low-fat health benefits. It takes a little longer to find sites that tell the less palatable details.

Here are just a few facts everyone should know before buying anything containing canola. Canola is not the name of a natural plant but a made-up word, from the words ' Canada ' and 'oil'. Canola is a genetically engineered plant developed in Canada from the Rapeseed Plant, which is part of the mustard family of plants.

According to Agri Alternatives, 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'. (This, by the way, is one of the websites singing the praises of the new canola industry.)

Rapeseed oil is poisonous to living things and is an excellent insect repellent. I have been using it (in very diluted form, as per instructions) to kill the aphids on my roses for the last two years. 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 a illuminate for color pages in magazines.

It is an industrial oil. It is not a food. Rape oil, it seems, causes emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability, and blindness in animals and humans. Rape oil was widely used in animal feeds in England and Europe between 1986 and 1991, when it was thrown out. Remember the 'Mad Cow disease' scare, when millions of cattle in the UK were slaughtered in case of infecting humans? Cattle were being fed on a mixture containing material from dead sheep, and sheep suffer from a disease called 'scrapie'.

It was thought this was how 'Mad Cow' began and started to infiltrate the human chain. What is interesting is that when rape oil was removed from animal feed, 'scrapie' disappeared. We also have not seen any further reports of 'Mad Cow' since rape oil was removed from the feed. Perhaps not scientifically proven, but interesting all the same. US and Canadian farmers grow genetically engineered rapeseed and manufacturers use its oil (canola) in thousands of processed foods, with the blessings of Canadian and US government watchdog agencies. The canola supporting websites say that canola is 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, albeit genetically modified. The new name provides perfect cover for commercial interests wanting to make millions. Look at the ingredients list on labels. Apparently peanut oil is being replaced with rape oil. You will find it in an alarming number of processed foods. There is more, but to conclude: rape oil was the source of the chemical warfare agent mustard gas, which was banned after blistering the lungs and skins of hundred of thousands of soldiers and civilians during W.W.I. Recent French reports indicate that it was again in use during the Gulf War.

Check products for ingredients. If the label says, 'may contain the following' and lists canola oil, you know it contains canola oil because it is the cheapest oil and the Canadian government subsidizes it to industries involved in food processing.

I do not know what you will be cooking with tonight, but I will be using olive oil and old-fashioned butter, from a genetically unmodified cow.

Here is more information............

Canola oil from the rape seed, referred to as the Canadian oil because Canada is mainly responsible for it being marketed in the USA . 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

Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a rare fatal degenerative disease caused by a build up of long-chain fatty acids (c22 to c28) which destroys the myelin (protective sheath) of the nerves. Canola oil is a very long chain fatty acid oil (c22). Those who will defend canola oil say that the Chinese and Indians have used it for centuries with no effect, however it was in an unrefined form.(*) (* taken from FATS THAT HEAL AND FATS THAT KILL by Udo Erasmus.)

My cholesterol level was 150. After a year using Canola oil I tested 260. I switched back to pure olive oil and it has taken 5 years to get it down to 160. Thus began this project to find answers since most Doctors will say that Canola oil is O.K..

My sister spilled Canola oil on a piece of fabric, after 5 pre-treatings and harsh washings, the oil spot still showed. She stopped using Canola oil, wondering what it did to our insides if it could not be removed from cloth easily. Our Father bred birds, always checking labels to insure there was no rape seed in their food. He said, 'The birds will eat it, but they do not live very long.' A friend, who worked for only 9 months as a quality control taster at an apple-chip factory where Canola oil was used exclusively for frying, developed numerous health problems. These included loose teeth & gum disease; numb hands and feet; swollen arms and legs upon rising in the morning; extreme joint pain especially n hands, cloudy vision, constipation with stools like black marbles, hearing loss; skin tears from being bumped; lack of energy; hair loss and heart pains. It has been five years since she has worked there and still has some joint pain, gum disease, and numbness.

A fellow worker, about 30 years old, who ate very little product, had a routine check up and found that his blood vessels were like those of an 80 year old man. Two employees fed the waste product to baby calves and their hair fell out. After removing the fried apple chips from the diet their hair grew back in. My daughter and her girls were telling jokes. Stephanie hit her mom's arm with the back of a butter knife in a gesture, 'Oh mom', not hard enough to hurt. My daughters arm split open like it was rotten. She called me to ask what could have caused it. I said, 'I'll bet anything that you are using Canola oil'. Sure enough, there was a big gallon jug in the pantry.

Rape seed oil is a penetrating oil, to be used in light industry, not for human consumption. It contains a toxic substance, (from encyclopedia). Even after the processing to reduce the erucic acid content, it is still a penetrating oil. We have found that it turns rancid very fast. Also it leaves a residual rancid odor on clothing.

Rape seed oil used for stir-frying in China found to emit cancer causing chemicals. (Rapeseed oil smoke causes lung cancer) A K Maj.

The Wall Street Journal June 7, 1995 pB6 (W) pB6 (E) col 1(11 col in).

Canola oil is a health hazard to use as a cooking oil or salad oil. It is not the healthy oil we thought it was. It is not fit for human consumption, do not eat canola oil, it can hurt you. Polyunsaturated or not, this is a bad oil.

Anonymous

05/08/2012 - 11:37am

Canola oil itself is an Omega-6, which actually accelerates tumor growth among other not so desirable traits. Take a look at research gathered by Dr. Richard Blaylock MD, a renowned neurosurgeon and nutrition expert. If you're looking for healthy oils consider olive or coconut oils. Lower fat does not always mean healthier. These oils are higher in the best Omega-3's which actually recalibrate our metabolisms to burn fat more efficiently. We've become far to focused on fat and calaries totals rather than what is actually healthy. Whole foods, very few if any commercially processed carbs is the remedy. For instance, processed "lowfat, low-calorie" fiber bars, cookies, breads, etc. contain bromine among other harmful ingredients. Bromine inhibits our iodine absorbtion, which in turn inhibits our thyroid function. Our thyroid is of course a "master gland" which affects our weight loss/gain, heart functions, energy levels and many other things.

Anonymous

07/26/2012 - 12:36pm

Don't agree with the article and here's why:

For my entire adult and teen years, I've eaten a very health conscious mostly organic diet. I began buying Canola Oil from my trusted natural grocer by a trusted brand in 2002. The only ill affect I noticed, in retrospect, was notable lower jaw and mouth tension.
In 2010 a myriad of symptoms began which constitute a syndrome. I developed food intolerances/allergies to wheat, grains, sugar, and chocolate. I had episodes of inflammation and sickness that sent me to bed for 2-3 days. Sores erupted on my tongue, and my hair fell out excessively. I had heart arrhythmias, fatigue, neck pain, and small blood vessels that popped out on my abdomen. My abdomen ached if I consumed carbohydrates. I had sudden urinary weakness/leakage, and "IBS". I became chemically sensitive to ammonia, peroxide with resulting sickness.
At this time I changed my diet to vegetable-meat based and eschewed all forms of sugar, preparing most of my food at home. In the second year, I was still consuming Canola oil in a spread, in gluten-free bread, and in foods occasionally eaten outside home. My health continued to decline: continuing episodes of inflammation and sickness, sickness to corn, worsening pain in neck, flutters, pounding and clicks in one ear, loss of hearing in same ear, and extreme TMJ syndrome with acute pressure in temples, cranium and sinuses. Each morning I awoke feeling like I'd been in a war, swelling under eyes, incapacitating temple, frontal, and sinus pressure, and broken sinus blood vessels.
On 12/15 I ate potatoes cooked in canola oil, and I was profoundly sickened and bed-ridden for 3 days. I began researching canola oil then, and concluded that it is the canola oil that was destroying me from the inside out. I knew something from outside me was hurting me, because I’ve always been healthy and had a very health-conscious diet and lifestyle.
The first days after ceasing canola oil, my nasal capillaries stopped breaking-bleeding and nasal passages opened. My sinus and temple pressure abated. Swelling under my eyes is almost gone. I have less jaw pressure. Now I wake up feeling tranquil and rested, not war-torn. I still have food sensitivies which I must observe or I will experience fatigue. I’ve had no further episodes of sickness and inflammation. The flutter and pounding in my ear nearly gone, I only hear some ticking now and then.
Ending Canola means the return of my health and life, but will take time to reverse the damage done.
Not eating canola means not eating out and eating almost nothing processed. Fortunately I live in Portland Oregon, where there is non-gluten, non-canola bread made locally, as well as eateries I have yet to try. Now here is the recipe for delicious spread - you need never buy a spread again:
1 stick butter, room temp (pasture-raised preferably)
4 Tbs olive oil (cold pressed)
Place the butter in a food processor. Begin to process and drizzle in the olive oil. Blend until creamy.
- from the Anti-Inflammation Diet

Anonymous

12/28/2012 - 2:37pm

" I like to cook with grape seed oil, am i doing ok? "

Anonymous

05/02/2013 - 8:04pm

coconut oil. its better than canola. and better for you.

Anonymous

08/30/2013 - 6:02pm

Canola = CANadian Oil Low Acid.

Anonymous

01/15/2014 - 8:45pm

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