Beware of Canola Oil

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    There's lots of varieties of rapeseed. Go see the movie Lorenzo's Oil to learn about a medical version of rapeseed oil.

    The type used for cooking has been carefully bred for safety. BE sure and read pages 2 and 3 of the urban legends link. They explain the origin of the claims and some important facts.

    Phil
     
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    Am I dead yet? :rolleyes:
     
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    My cuisine won't suffer through lack of canola/rapeseed oil. Why would you want to use that stuff, anyway? It tastes pretty awful, IMHO. Clarified butter, light olive oil, peanut oil, what more do you need? :D
     
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    the book that I recently read, an old one (review in book reviews) The Good Fat, Fran Mccollough talks a lot about all the oils that have snuck in our diets thanx to lobbyists without any scientific studies.

    rapeseed oil is one of them
     
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    I sorry, but I really don't understand this preoccupation with things that are supposedly killing us. If I were to follow the recommendations of half these articles that come out, I'd have been dead of starvation years ago. Don't believe the hype!!!! Virtually everything is slowly killing us. I figure it will take most things 70-90 years before it does me in. Besides, living forever has it's drawbacks also.
     
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    There is no longstanding food that would pass our current scientific requirements for food. Brocolli, wheat are full of carcinogens. And on and on. The requirements for new foods and even "frankenfood" can't be met by classic organic foods or standard industrial food either.

    FWIW, rapeseed has a LONG history of use in Asia.

    Phil
     
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    Just about everything we ingest has some low levels of things that if taken in large enough doses and under the right conditions, could be harmful, even foods we consider natural and healthful. These alarmist articles and theories are generally nonsense and are usually proven so. :rolleyes:
     
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    Don't get me wrong here, I am NOT condoning rapeseed oil. From what I've read in the past, it requires heavy industrial processing to be edible. It used (and may still be for all I know) to be used as a transformer insulator or something....BUT...even Olive Oil needs to sit and have it's water soluble toxic component float to the surface before it can be used, right?

    doc
     
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    Bump

    This deserves a new look. I am no fan of canola oil.

    Is it any coincidence that they started selling this stuff right after NAFTA was passed?
     
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    Canola upsets my digestive system... plus I stay away from heavily processed oils, they tend to have bad for you things in them. Butter, olive oil, corn oil(yes it is processed but not as much and I haven't found a better one for deep frying, peanut oil tastes nasty to me)... stay away from industrial lubricants!
     
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    exactly....
     
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    You are misinformed. It has been geneticly treated and is deemed safe by the FDA and other health orgs.
     
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    lol...yeah that makes me feel better
     
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    And this is precisely why this keeps coming up: the disconnect between evidence based reasoning and emotional based thinking.
     
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    My food should come from nature, not a lab
     
     
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    I am not allowed to put up links, but do a search for "gmo canola" and you should be able to find a site called draxe.com

    @cheflayne

    In the 1970′s, food manufacturers came up with a method to genetically modify the rapeseed plant by seed splitting. This process produced a canola oil with less erucic acid, and higher amounts of oleic acid, which lead to additional concerns with canola oil, like:
    • Blood platelet abnormalities
    • Retards normal growth (why it’s illegal to use in infant formulas)
    • Free radical damage
    • Higher cancer risks due to the hydrogenation process
    It’s also important to understand that this new processed oil goes through many steps, most of which harm the nutritional value and actually change the oil’s structure, causing it to become hydrogenated oil.
     
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    another search you might want to try:

    GMO Poison - Ticking Time Bomb [Full Documentary]
     
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    Food hasn't come from nature for millenia. Very little of what we grow or raise to eat can survive on it's own. We altered it all along for our purposes and it's naive in it's own way to call it natural. The soils are amended whether through cultured rot or chemicals. Competition is controlled.   I get where you're going with this sentence, but it alone, it doesn't mean much. There's a lot of definitions and discussion to get to what you mean by natural. Our farms and herds have been labs from the start.  

    Little if any of what we might agree to be natural can meet or pass the safety requirements of GMO foods. It's just been grandfathered in as we've survived on it in the past. Does that mean it's safe? We find naturally-occuring carcinogens in our grains all the time. And in our other healthy foods. 

    In asia, humans have been eating rape again for thousands of years. Oil is a more modern use of the plant
    Yes, I'm aware of the origins of modern Canola. But there are some claims here that are, well, nonsense. Canola oil is legal to use in infant formula. The radical damage claim is not well supported and the hydrogenation claim is just oddball. This partial hydrogenation claim, I can find nothing as a reliable source on that. The sites that mention it do not source the information, which is odd and suspect, and same with the free radicals. 
    Documentaries, while interesting, are rarely fair, unbiased or complete. The title alone tells me all I need to know. 

    You're welcome to not eat canola oil, or any GMO foods for any reason or feeling you like.   Lots of people don't like canola because it tastes fishy. I think it smells a little strange if its not very fresh and so I prefer other oils for my daily cooking. If I'm doing a lot of frying, I like Canola better than some other inexpensive oils.