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Canola oil was developed through hybridization of rape seed. Rape seed is toxic because it contains significant amount of a poisonous substances called erucic acid.                  

The Food Industry's claim: "Canola oil contains only trace amounts of erucic acid and its unique fatty acid profile, rich in oleic acid and low in saturated fats, makes it particularly beneficial for the prevention of heart disease, it also contains significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which also have health benefits."


What isn't reported.....


1.  Canola oil is a poisonous substance, an industrial oil that does not belong in the body.

2.  It contains "the infamous chemical warfare agent mustard gas", hemaglutinins and toxic cyanide-containing glycocides.  It can cause mad cow disease, blindness, nervous disorders, clumping of blood cells and depression of the immune system.




There is a hidden history behind Canola of which the American public is unaware.  In the mid-1980s, the food industry had a problem  

In collusion with the American Heart Association, numerous government agencies and departments of nutrition at major universities, the industry had been promoting poly-unsaturated oils as a heart-alternative to "artery-clogging" saturated fats (like butter).

It had already become increasingly clear that poly-unsaturated oils, particularly corn oil and soybean oil, cause numerous health problems including, and notably, cancer.  The industry was in a bind.  It could not continue to push the oils they had been promoting nor could they return to using traditional health saturates like butter, lard, tallow, palm oil and coconut oil without causing an uproar.  Besides those oils cost too much to achieve the profit margins in the industry.  What to do???


The solution was to embrace the use of mono-saturated oils such as olive oil.  Studies had shown that olive oil had a "better" effect than poly-unsaturated oils on cholesterol levels and other blood parameters.  The Mediterranean Diet, rich in olive oil, was popular at the time and was pushing against heart disease and ensuring a long and healthy life. 

Promotion of olive oil, which has a long history of use, seemed more scientifically sound to the health-conscious consumer than the promotion of corn and soy oil, but there was a final problem for the industry - the expense of olive oil.  They needed a less expensive mono-saturated oil.




The name, Canola, was derived from the words, "Canadian oil", since most of the rape seed at the time was grown in Canada.  The name also had a nice ring to it and would provide positive phrases for the marketing lingo.  

Interestingly, there is one thing that has never been made public: Canola has not had GRAS recognition.   GRAS stands for Generally Recognized As Safe (for consumption) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The ruse continues to this day as does the sale of Canola as a healthy beneficial cooking oil.  

Health-wise people generally avoid any of the vegetable and canola oils.  At the same time, numerous "chefs" continue to promote canola as a healthy oil without ever having been informed otherwise.

 - from a report by Sally Fallon, President of Weston A. Price Foundation and Mary G. Emig, PhD., FACN, Vice President of Weston A. Price Foundation, President of Maryland Nutritionists Association.

It may seem there is little hope for the future of food, when every time you think you've found something good, it turns out to have faulty motives.  May we suggest you use Ghee (clarified butter with the fat removed) or coconut oil. Both are great oils for popcorn, by the way.  Another of their benefits, in addition to their health advantages, neither oil smokes even when very hot.  There is still olive oil, of course, but it is expensive.  We've found all the really beneficial oils do cost more, and all those olive oils on the shelves in clear bottles are not pure olive oil anyway.  When you buy olive oil, be sure it's in a can where the light can't get to it and reduce the quality.

You can always fall back on rape seed, but please don't for health's sake.  If you skipped over "Cooking Oils 101", look there for many excellent choices of healthy oils you might like. fh