Stop Using Canola Oil Immediately

canola oil harmfulIt’s my hope that you’ll never use Canola Oil again! Why? Because of GMO’s (more on this below) and the harmful side effects from the processing of this oil.

You know that Olive Oil comes from olives, and that Sesame Seed Oil comes from sesame seeds. It would make sense that Canola Oil comes from Canola Seeds, right? Well, there’s actually no such thing.

Canola is a made-up word which stands for “Canadian oil low acid”, and is a genetically modified product. It is a Canadian invention that is backed by the government. It’s a cheap product to manufacture, and many processed or packaged foods contain canola oil.

Canola oil was first bred in the early 1970′s as a natural oil, but in 1995 Monsanto created a genetically modified version of canola oil. By 2009, 90% of the Canadian crop was genetically engineered and as of 2005, 87% of canola grown in the United States was genetically modified.

What is Canola Oil Made From?

Canola oil is actually made from the rapeseed. The name of canola oil was originally LEAR (Low Erucic Acid Rapeseed) but for marketing purposes was changed to canola oil. This word was derived from the combination of the phrase, “Canadian oil.” Canola oil is a much more appealing name than LEAR oil or rape oil. But is the oil appealing for you and should you be using it in your foods?

Canola Oil is produced from the rapeseed plant, which is a part of the mustard family. It works well as an industrial oil, not a food, and has been used in candles, soaps, lipsticks, lubricants, inks and biofuels. In it’s hybridized and modified state it can cause a large number of health issues that you will see below.

Now that we have figured out how to genetically modify rapeseed oil, we sell it as an edible product. It has been brought to market with the claim that it is a wonder oil, that is low in saturated fats, and has omega-3 fatty acids.

Why is Canola Oil Bad for You?

Originally, rapeseed oil may not have had so many negative health effects but for two main reason’s most canola oil today is harmful to you body:

#1 Over 90% of Canola Oil is genetically modified

#2 Canola Oil is a partially hydrogenated oil

It’s for these two reasons I recommend you switch to healthier oil alternatives that I list at the conclusion of this article.

What can it do to you? There have been NO long term viable studies done on GMO canola oil, but there are reports on the internet that it has caused many kidney, liver, and neurological health issues. This would make sense since there are other reports that GMO products like corn and soy also can cause negative health effects.

Canola Oil Dangers

The side effects of canola oil cannot be overstated. A 2011 review published in Environmental Sciences Europe, 19 studies of mammals fed GMO soybeans and corn were evaluated. The 90-day long trials indicate liver and kidney problems as a result of GMO foods.  Kidney’s were disrupted by 43.5% and liver by 30.8%.

Rapeseed Oil is a monounsaturated oil, and has high levels of erucic acid. Erucic Acid is a fatty acid that is associated with heart damage, specifically Heshan’s Disease, a disease that manifests itself with fibrotic lesions of the heart.

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 (Illegal 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. As you can see canola oil dangers are immense!

According to the Weston A. Price foundation and Fat Experts Sally Fallon and Mary Enig state:

“Like all modern vegetable oils, canola oil goes through the process of refining, bleaching and degumming -all of which involve high temperatures or chemicals of questionable safety. And because canola oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which easily become rancid and foul-smelling when subjected to oxygen and high temperatures, it must be deodorized. The standard deodorization process removes a large portion of the omega-3 fatty acids by turning them into trans fatty acids. Although the Canadian government lists the trans content of canola at a minimal 0.2 percent, research at the University of Florida at Gainesville, found trans levels as high as 4.6 percent in commercial liquid oil. The consumer has no clue about the presence of trans fatty acids in canola oil because they are not listed on the label.”

Those are the types of oils you want to avoid like the plague: Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated oils!

Trans fatty acids are the result of this hydrogenation process. These are hazardous by-products, and are health destroyers. You should stop cooking with these oils as well: Corn Oils, Safflower Oils, Soy Oils, and Vegetable Oil.

Food manufacturers are not required by law to tell you if their products contain GMO’s. It’s up to us to be well informed, and read the labels. Monsanto has been incorporating genetically modified organisms in its canola oil seeds, and now we know that Monsanto has also been selling GMO seeds for the following plants:

  • Canola
  • Alfalfa
  • Corn
  • Cotton
  • Soybeans
  • Sugarbeets

How to Choose A Good Oil

When you’re buying a cooking oil, consider these things:

  1. Choose a “Cold Pressed” or “Extra Virgin” type.
  2. Should be available in glass containers.
  3. The bottle should be a dark color for olive oil, and kept in a dark place once opened.
  4. Make sure it is GMO-free.
  5. Go with Organic.

What does Extra-Virgin Mean? It’s simply another way of referring to “cold pressed”, which means that the oil was made by using pressure to extract the oil from the seeds, grains, nuts, etc., and there was no heat utilized during the processing. Heat causes a degrading of the nutritional value of the oil. Extra Virgin also means that no chemical solvent was used, nor was it deodorized or altered in any way.

What to Substitute for Canola Oil

Here are the top oils I personally use as a substitute for canola oil:

Coconut Oilcoconut oil is best when it’s cold pressed and virgin. Do NOT buy refined coconut oil. Your coconut oil should smell like you’re on a beach in the Caribbean. It has a high heat threshold and contains MCFA’s Medium Chain Fatty Acids that can support fat-loss and your nervous system.

Olive Oil – I don’t recommend Olive Oil for cooking but it has tremendous health benefits and is at the heart of the Mediterranean diet. Look for extra virgin olive oil and use it on salad’s and other cold dishes.

Organic Pastured Butter / Ghee – Contains ALA and CLA which can promote weight loss. Also, contains healthy short chain fatty acids and has a higher heat threshold. Stick with Organic only when buying butter.

Red Palm Oil — Red palm oil is made from the palm fruit instead of the palm kernel, and in its unrefined state, it is high in vitamin E and beta-carotene. It’s also stable under high heat and great for cooking.  Make sure when buying palm oil that it is certified sustainable.

Now that you’re armed with the facts, use them to guard your health! Stay clear of Canola Oil, and all GMO foods.

What type of oil do you use for cooking?  What is your favorite healthy oil?

 

Sources and resources:

Look for foods with the Non-GMO label. More info here: nongmoproject.org

Check out the Non-GMO Shopping guide here: nongmoshoppingguide.com

Beckie, Hugh et al (Autumn 2011) GM Canola: The Canadian Experience Farm Policy Journal, Volume 8 Number 8, Autumn Quarter 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2012.

“Richard Keith Downey: Genetics”. science.ca. 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-29.

MG Enig, Trans Fatty Acids in the Food Supply: A Comprehensive Report Covering 60 Years of Research, 2nd Edition, Enig Associates, Inc., Silver Spring, MD, 1995.

S O’Keefe and others. Levels of Trans Geometrical Isomers of Essential Fatty Acids in Some Unhydrogenated US Vegetable Oils. Journal of Food Lipids 1994;1:165-176.

JL Sebedio and WW Christie, eds. Trans Fatty Acids in Human Nutrition, The Oily Press, Dundee, Scotland, 1998, pp 49-50.

Storgaard, AK (2008). “Stefansson, Baldur Rosmund”. The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-12-29.

Seralini GE, Clair E, Mesnage R, Gress S, Defarge N, Malatesta M, Hennequin D, Vendomois JS. Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize. Food and Chemical Toxicology.2012;50(11):4221-4231

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53 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Norman says:

    Most of us cannot afford those oils suggested that are healthy and almost all of the cooking oils out there are processed. So I choose canola, since it’s a lesser evil than other oils (like soybean oil for example). Eating healthy foods is very expensive so as much as possible I can only choose to live within my means.

  2. Flora Lone says:

    Very goid info

  3. randlf says:

    its been concluded in this article that canola oil has a bad effect on the health of the human but without the thorough study about what really the result is. not from fact but from little basis which is not a good argument to say that canola oil is not good for the body and hence people should not use this….

  4. Teresita Barrera Columbres says:

    ,,hi, its so good to know that through your article,i’ve learned new tips and it’s an advantage to me as a consumer.thanks.

  5. Onuorich says:

    Thank you for the information. Hope I will learn more from you. God bless!! More power!!

  6. Eduardo Balatucan says:

    I want to get ebook for free

  7. Marsha Mellow says:

    What about sunflower seed oil?

  8. Maryl says:

    So what is a good cooking oil? i use olive oil by Fillipo Berio for sauteeing and grilling..

  9. Consuelo Gregorio says:

    Thanks for the information. It really has a great value for a mom like me.

    I thought canola is the best. Well, better be careful next time.

  10. Adora D Jorvina says:

    what is the best and safety cooking oil to use? i used canola oil for a long time my family doctor recommend it so up to now i used it please tell me what is best cooking oil thanks

  11. Esperanza Javier says:

    I’ve been using the corn oil long time ago because it was recommended by our doctor.. What is the effect and how do we know the extent of the damaged in our organs?

  12. really says:

    seriously? isn’t it canola oil has the lowest mono saturated fat?

  13. zenaida c. victoria says:

    That was informative and alerted me

  14. alona maymay says:

    People should know re canola oil. Also, will share the info to my family and friends. Thank u.

  15. Consuelo Catindig says:

    Hi! My doctor advised me to use canola oil because I have a high blood pressure and I had cancer. As a matter of fact their association are promoting canola oil to be used in cooking than palm oil. This is very confusing… :-(

  16. milred t. sison says:

    thanks for the info, i’m using canola oil for almost 5 years now since i was diagnosed cancer but not so often. what’s the best cooking oil for cancer patient like me? thanks so much!

  17. marie says:

    They say that coconut oil have lots of cholesterol? Is that true?

  18. raffy g.salazar says:

    thanks for the onfo very usefull

  19. raffy g.salazar says:

    Thanks for the info very usefull

  20. Geneveve Cadagat says:

    So vegetable oils also is not good for cooking? This is what I am using rightnow..but I appreciate the sharing knowledge and thanks for a good information. .God bless and thank you.

  21. toshie says:

    Hi..what is the replacement for canola oil..i used always canola oil for baking.

  22. Miranda says:

    I am currently using peanut oil. What are your thoughts on this?

  23. Sources please???? says:
  24. fe dionisio says:

    that was informative .thank you for the info…….and thanks in advance for the knowledge you will be sharing us with ur ebooks

  25. cleo arpon says:

    coconut cooking oil then good for as cooking oil.at home we usually extract the oil from grating it then with a small quantity of water,wring the grated coco and heat the coco milk until it turn into oil.the oil has odor.we eat the residue coco grate like sweet.

  26. Irene says:

    Thanks for the info. What about Rice Bran Oil and Sesame Seed Oil?

  27. Avon@ph says:

    Good Day, Sir how about Palm Oiien?

  28. rene maligat says:

    Its red palm oil and palm oil are the same? tnx very.

  29. Teofila Vizcarra says:

    Thank you for the info.and and sharing us your knowledge… regards

  30. Myriam says:

    Thank you Doctor for these informations! Please could you tell us which oil is the best for frying? What about corn oil?

  31. Modesto Tibar says:

    thanks for the info Dr.Axe

  32. Najib says:

    Hi. I m using vegetable oil. Is it good? How about cooking oil from palm oil tree? I m from Singapore. Most asian in south east asia use cooking oil vegetable or oil from oil palm tree.

  33. Diane Robles says:

    What causes fibromyalgia? I use these bad oils, do u suppose that’s what made me sick?

  34. Adnan says:

    After having read your article, I did little search on internet and found that all the problems mentioned about canola oil are there for all veg oil, canola appeared to be better amongst other veg oils.
    Dr Axe, Other than coconut oil and butter, can you please suggest some veg oil which is better than Canola?

  35. Adelina says:

    Besides coconut oil, what’s another alternative oil for cooking? I cannot use “organic butter” as I am a vegan and will not consume any animal products. Thanks for your advice!

  36. zu says:

    What about grape seed oil?

  37. Jane says:

    It’s very nice that there are people like you who shares vital information such as this to open the minds of ordinary people of goods to consume that will not certainly shorter their life span…. Thanks ….

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