Beware of Canola Oil
By Warren King L.Ac.
I have checked the compatibility of canola oil on thousands of patients and have found that in around 90% of people it shows to damage the liver. This is very concerning since within the last two years practically every prepared food product, even in ‘health food’ stores now use this cheap and unhealthy oil. The following is an article that I found on the Internet describing the dangers of this oil.
Canola oil is derived from the mustard family and is considered a toxic and poisonous weed, which when processed, becomes rancid very quickly. It has been shown to cause lung cancer (Wall Street Journal, 6/7/95). It is very inexpensive to grow and harvest. Insects won’t eat it.
Some typical and possible side effects include loss of vision, disruption of the central nervous system, respiratory illness, anemia, constipation, increased incidence of heart disease and cancer, low birth weights in infants and irritability.
Generally rape seed has a cumulative effect, taking almost 10 years before symptoms begin to manifest. It has a tendency to inhibit proper metabolism of foods and prohibits normal enzyme function. Canola is a Trans Fatty Acid, which has shown to have a direct link to cancer. These Trans Fatty Acids are labeled as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Avoid all of them! According to John Thomas’ book, Young Again, 12 years ago in England and Europe, rape seed was fed to cows, pigs and sheep who later went blind and began attacking people. There were no further attacks after the rape seed was eliminated from the diet.
Canola Oil is the suspected causative agent for Scrapie, a viral disease transmitted to cattle who were fed rendered sheep infected with Scrapie. Both Scrapie and Mad Cow Disease destroy the brain’s ability to function. They literally eat the brain away, causing blindness, loss of mind and erratic behavior. Canola oil’s real name is ‘CLEAR’ oil (Low Erucic Acid Rape). It is more commonly known as ‘rape oil’; a semi drying oil that is used as a lubricant, fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base, and as an illuminant to give color pages in magazines their slick look. In short it is an industrial oil that does not belong in the human body. It is typically referred to in light industry as a penetrating oil.
Back in the 1980’s, rape seed oil was widely used in animal feeds in England and throughout Europe. It was banned in 1991. Since then, Scrapie in sheep has totally disappeared. While that’s good for Europeans, it is bad for Americans because the problem is now ours. Rape seed oil is widely used in thousands of processed foods…with the blessings of our own government.
Canola oil was first developed in Canada. It’s proponents claim that due to genetic engineering and irradiation, it is no longer rape oil, ‘Canola’ (Canadian oil). They also claim it is completely safe, pointing to it’s unsaturated structure and digestibility. Although, I could not verify it, it is claimed the Canadian government paid the FDA the sum of $50 million dollars to have canola oil placed on the GRAS list (Generally Recognized As Safe). However it was done, a new industry was created. The truth is however, that rape is the most toxic of all food oil plants. Not even insects will eat it. No wonder farmers like growing it. It turns out that rape is a member of the mustard family of plants, and is the source for the chemical agent, mustard gas, which causes blistering on skin and lungs when inhaled. Mustard Gas was banned after WW1 for this very reason.
Studies of canola oil done on rats indicate many problems, Rats developed fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals and thyroid gland. when the canola oil was withdrawn from their diet, the deposits dissolved, but scar tissue remained on the organs. Why were no studies done on humans before the FDA placed it on the GRAS list?
Consumed in food, Canola oil depresses the immune system, causing it to ‘go to sleep.’ Canola oil is high in glycosides which causes health problems by inhibiting enzyme function. It’s effects are accumulative, taking years to show up. One possible effect of long term use is the destruction of the protective coating surrounding nerves called the mylin sheath. When this protective sheath is gone, our nerves short-circuit causing erratic, uncontrollable movements.
To test the industrial penetrating strength of canola oil, soak a towel in both canola oil and regular vegetable oil. Pretreat and wash the towel in your clothes washer and compare the area the two oils occupied, you will notice an oil stain remains on the area soaked in canola oil. It is so durable, it could take several washings to completely remove, Now if this is how canola oil penetrates the fabric of a towel, what damage can it do in your body?
Food consumers have headaches enough, without worrying about a toxic plant oil being added to their food. The problem is you will find canola oil in bread, margarine, and all manner of processed foods including potato chips. But the consumer is king. Be informed and make it a practice to read the package ingredients label as to what is in the food. Avoid using canola as a cooking oil and salad oil. It is not a healthy oil. olive, sunflower, sesame, sunflower and safflower oils are much better.