Canola oil is for fueling machines!

17 Jul

“Canola was developed through conventional plant breeding from rapeseed, an oilseed plant already used in ancient civilization as a fuel.”  says Wikipedia.

The Wikipedia article goes on to explain that “World War 2 caused high demand for the oil as a lubricant for the rapidly increasing number of steam engines in naval and merchant ships. When the war blocked European and Asian sources of rapeseed oil, a critical shortage developed, and Canada began to expand its limited rapeseed production.”

Canola oil is fuel for machines, not for our bodies!  The first food that contained rapeseed oil was in the 1950’s and the intense flavor wasn’t initially accepted.  Your taste buds know when something isn’t good for you and there’s a reason why the original rapeseed oil had such an intense flavor! The erucic acid is so toxic that FDA banned rapeseed oil for human consumption.

“Canola was bred from rapeseed at the University of Manitoba, Canada, by Keith Downey and Baldur R. Stefansson in the early 1970s, having then a different nutritional profile than present-day oil in addition to much less erucic acid.”

After making canola oil taste less like erucic acid by using processes like genetic engineering and bleaching, people have adapted to the bland flavor of this created food staple. Canola oil must be a lot less expensive then real food grade oil because every restaurant in America seems to use canola oil to fry everything up.  I notice that on every Whole Foods hot bar, they use “non-gmo expeller pressed canola oil” making as if its the healthy option.  After all the processes the oil already goes through, it then gets heated up once again to make your food crispy and extra dead.

Wikipedia goes on to say that “Europe has invested heavily in infrastructure to use canola oil for biodiesel, spurred by EU biodiesel policy initiatives.”  I started doing some investigating of health effects but it seems like there’s lots of opinions to sift through! Check out True Rebels Go Raw for more information regarding the health effects of Canola on the human body.  

Canola oil at Whole foods

 

 

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