Canola Oil is an Industrial Oil Not Fit For Human Consumption.
Reprinted from Essential Oils Online By Jim Lynn, Essential Oils
It’s amazing to me…The more research I do, the more I see a relationship between the food we eat and fatal diseases. Canola oil is no exception. Readers of EOO are familiar with the meat industry practice of feeding rendered meat “byproducts” to cattle and poultry (EOO #015), and the suspected relationship of Mad Cow Disease to CJD and Alzheimer’s Disease (EOO #016). Now comes information that 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 “LEAR” 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 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 (Canola 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, but “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 WWI 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 cause health problems by blocking (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 myelin 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 our body?
Because Canola oil is so cheap, it is now widely used in the food industry. If you are curious, just read a few food labels the next time you are in the grocery store. A good example can be found with commercially prepared peanut butter. In order to give peanut butter it’s spreadability, Jiffy, Peter Pan and Skippy brands remove ALL of the natural peanut oil and replace it with Canola oil. Natural peanut butter should only have peanuts and salt listed in the ingredients. If you want to use natural peanut butter, it’s available in most stores next to the Canola peanut butter. Stir the contents to mix the oil and peanuts together then store in the refrigerator. The cold temperature will prevent the peanut oil from separating. Best of all, you will have eliminated at least one source of a potential food hazard.
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’s, and all manner of processed foods. But the consumer is king. Be informed and make it a practice to read what goes into your food. Avoid using Canola as a cooking oil and salad oil. It is not a healthy oil.