What is Canola Oil? Is it even a food?

16 Sep

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I’ll start off this post with a quote from the knowledgeable Wikipedia, “Canola was developed through conventional plant breeding from rapeseed, an oilseed plant already used in ancient civilization as a fuel.”  Interesting.  Let’s look more into this.

Wikipedia goes on to say “Canola oil is made at a processing facility by slightly heating and then crushing the seed. Almost all commercial grade canola oil is then refined using hexane.”  What the heck is hexane?  “Hexanes are significant constituents of gasoline.”  So canola oil is refined (impurities or unwanted elements having been removed by processing) using strait up gas which is also flammable?  And people consume this as a food?

Another aspect to consider is that rapeseed has a high concentration of erucic acid which is toxic to human beings.  Luckily for us, very concerned scientists figured out a way to genetically modify rapeseed so it contains less erucic acid, which makes it our modern day canola oil.  Yay, GMO’s!  “Genetically engineered rapeseed that is tolerant to herbicide was first introduced to Canada in 1995. In 2009, 90% of the Canadian crop was herbicide-tolerant.As of 2005, 87% of the canola grown in the US was genetically modified.”  Not only is Canola Oil refined with gasoline, it’s been engineered in unnatural ways, and it also contains chemicals like herbicides and pesticides. Then the food industry goes on to fry up all sorts of foods from french fries to “chicken” nuggets, and even “healthy” snacks like vegetable chips.

There’s probably thousands of pages of information on the subject, and all sorts of opinions, but I have read enough to know I will continue to avoid eating any products with Canola oil.  I have also begun to see “Organic ” canola oil,  this seems like a marketing scheme and doesn’t change the fact that it may be detrimental to our health. 

Thanks for reading and please post any comments or questions!!

Bless every part of your being!

 

 

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