Canola Oil - Danger !!!???
Olive oil comes from olives, peanut oil from
peanuts, sunflower oil from sunflowers; but what is a canola?
Canola is not the name of a natural plant but a made-up word, from the
Oil Low Acid". Canola is a genetically
engineered plant developed in Canada from the Rapeseed Plant, which is part of the
mustard family of plants. According to AgriAlternatives, The Online Innovation,
and Technology Magazine for Farmers, "By nature, these rapeseed
oils, which have long been used to produce oils for industrial purposes, are...
toxic to humans and other animals".
Rapeseed oil is poisonous to living things and is an excellent insect
repellent. I have been using it (in very diluted form, as per instructions) to kill the aphids on my roses for the last two years. It
works very well; it suffocates them. Ask for it at your nursery. Rape is an oil that is used as a lubricant, fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base
and as a illuminate for color pages in magazines. It is an industrial oil.
It is not a food.
Rape oil is strongly related
to symptoms of emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability, and blindness in animals and humans. Rape
oil was widely used in animal feeds in England and Europe between 1986 and 1991, when it was
A few relevant facts
It is genetically engineered rapeseed.
Canada paid the FDA the sum
of $50 million to have rape registered and recognized as "safe".
(Source: Young Again and others)
Rapeseed is a lubricating oil
used by small industry. It has never been meant for human consumption.
It is derived from the mustard
family and is considered a toxic and poisonous weed, which when
processed, becomes rancid very quickly.
It has been shown to cause
lung cancer (Wall Street Journal: 6/7/95)
It is very inexpensive to
grow and harvest. Insects won't eat it.
Some typical and possible
side effects include loss of vision, disruption of the central nervous
system, respiratory illness, anemia, constipation, increased
incidence of heart disease and cancer, low birth weights in infants and
Generally rapeseed has a
cumulative effect, taking almost 10 years before symptoms begin to manifest.
It has a tendency to inhibit proper metabolism of foods and prohibits normal
enzyme function. Canola contains Trans Fatty Acids. Trans fatty
acids have been shown to have a direct link to cancer. shown to have a
direct link to cancer.
Foods (including oils) are often labeled as containing trans fatty acids.
However any food which says it contains hydrogenated or partially
hydrogenated oils contains trans fatty acids: Hydrogenation is just the
process in which
trans fats are formed (literally hydrogenation means adding hydrogen). These
Trans Fatty acids are labeled as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated
oils. Avoid all of them!
According to John Thomas'
book, Young Again, 12 years ago in England and Europe, rape seed was fed to
cows, pigs and sheep who later went blind and began attacking people. There
were no further attacks after the rape seed was eliminated from their diet. Source:
David Dancu, N.D.
Apparently peanut oil is being
replaced with rape oil. You'll find it in an alarming number of processed foods.
I read (and am not sure if this is true or not) where rape oil was the source of the chemical warfare agent mustard gas, which was banned after blistering the lungs and skins of
hundred of thousands of soldiers and civilians during W.W.I. Recent French reports indicate that it was again in use during the Gulf War.
Check products for ingredients. If the label says, "may contain the
following" and lists canola oil, you know it contains canola oil because it is the cheapest oil and the Canadian government subsidizes it
to industries involved in food processing.
Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a rare fatal degenerative disease caused
by in a build up long-chain fatty acids (c22 to c28) which destroys the
myelin (protective sheath) of the nerves. Canola oil is a very long chain fatty acid oil (c22). Those who will defend canola oil say that the
Chinese and Indians have used it for centuries with no effect, however it was in an unrefined form.*
(* taken from FATS THAT HEAL AND FATS THAT KILL by Udo Erasmus.)
I read about a man who bred birds, always checking labels
to insure there was no rape seed in their food. He said, "The birds
will eat it, but they do not live very long." A friend, who worked for
only 9 mo. as a quality control taster at an apple-chip factory where Canola
oil was used exclusively for frying, developed numerous health problems.
Rape seed oil used for stir-frying in China found to emit cancer-causing
chemicals. (Rapeseed oil smoke causes lung cancer.) Amal Kumar Maj. The Wall Street Journal, June 7, 1995 pB6(W) pB6 (E) col 1(11
col in). Compiled by Darleen Bradley.
Canola Oil in pesticides.
The Health Ranger reveals how the No. 1 ingredient in a pesticide product is
actually canola oil, and describes the warnings on the product which include
that you should never get the oil on your skin or clothing. Soybean oil is
also discussed as a key ingredient in another pesticide product.
MORE FROM AN HERBAL WEB SITE - rmhiherbal.org
Canola oil Because of the public scare over animal fats, sales of vegetable
oils of all types increased. It was the established wisdom that those oils
high in polyunsaturated fatty acids were especially beneficial (animal fats
are high in saturated fatty acids). The obsession with polyunsaturated
versus saturated fats led researchers and nutritionists to overlook some of
the other features of vegetable oils that we now know are crucial to health,
including: (1) susceptibility to rancidity; (2) ratio of omega-3 to omega-6
fatty acids and its relevance in inflammatory diseases and immune system
function; (3) possible presence of irritating or toxic compounds in
particular plant oils. Unlike the case of trans-fatty acids, for which there
is massive amount of research data, there is much less documented scientific
research on canola oil consumption in humans, specifically. Some sources
(unverified) claim that the Canadian government and industry paid the U.S.
FDA $50 million dollars to have canola oil placed on the GRAS
("Generally Recognized As Safe") list, which allowed the canola
industry to avoid the lengthy and expensive approval process, including
medical research on humans. However, experimental rats that were fed canola
oil "developed fatty degeneration of the heart, kidney, adrenals, and
thyroid gland. On withdrawing the canola oil from their diets, the deposits
dissolved but scar tissue remained on all vital organs." [ref. 3a] In
the absence of direct research studies of canola oil and human health, many
concerned nutritionists and biochemists have attempted to analyze the canola
oil situation on the basis of current knowledge of the biochemistry of fats
and oils. While hard-nosed canola industry spokespersons may claim such
commentary to be speculative, in the absence of proof of safety, anyone
concerned about their family's health should pay close attention to the
various arguments and warnings. [refs. 3a - 3i; for canola industry
position, see refs. 3j, 3k] The Canola Council of Canada has published a
report [ref. 3k] that focuses heavily on the high polyunsaturated fatty acid
content of canola oil and the presumed benefits of polyunsaturated oils on
various blood parameters (platelet phospholipids, platelet aggregation,
eicosanoid production, clotting time). In spite of the many scientific
references listed at the end of the report, the author studiously avoids
discussion of the toxic effects mentioned by many nutritionists and
biochemists, and, instead, attempts to link many of the benefits of
Mediterranean-type diets high in olive oil to diets high in canola oil, when
in fact, no such evidence is presented, and canola oil has never been part
of a traditional Mediterranean diet. Concerns about the risks of using
canola (rapeseed) oil focus on several aspects: (1) the presence of
long-chain fatty acids, including erucic acid, which are thought by some to
cause CNS degeneration, heart disease, and cancer; (2) the high temperatures
needed in the refining process to make canola oil palatable, which lead to
formation of trans-fatty acids; (3) miscellaneous undesirable chemical
constituents (thioglycosides and thiocyanates) whose effects are unclear, as
their concentration in the refined product is probably very low. Although
Chinese and Indian peoples have long used rapeseed oil in cooking, it was
not refined and processed to the extent of modern commercial methods, and it
was never considered to be a high quality oil for human consumption.
Ayurvedic physicians have for thousands of years classified olive, almond,
and sesame as the best oils for human health, and have considered safflower,
soybean and rapeseed oils to be undesirable for human consumption except
perhaps when no other oil sources were available. Recent epidemiological
studies of high lung cancer rates in Chinese women suggest that wok cooking
with rapeseed oil is responsible, rather than tobacco smoking, which was
only a weak factor. Chinese rapeseed oil tended to produce the highest
emissions of the potentially carcinogenic or mutagenic compounds
1,3-butadiene, benzene, acrolein, and formaldehyde, when compared with
soybean oil and peanut oil. [ref. 3n] Canola oil contains a long-chain fatty
acid called erucic acid, which is especially irritating to mucous membranes;
canola oil consumption has been correlated with development of fibrotic
lesions of the heart, CNS degenerative disorders, lung cancer, and prostate
cancer, anemia, and constipation. [ref. 3a, 3b] Canola oil derives from the
plants Brassica campestris and B. napus, which have been selectively bred to
substantially reduce the erucic acid content. However, some health
professionals feel that there is still too much present in current canola
oil products for safe use. Some critics of canola oil focus on the fact that
rapeseed oil was originally used as an industrial lubricant and known to be
unfit for human consumption, although many vegetable oils have been used in
industrial applications as well as in foods. The long-chain fatty acids
found in canola have been found to destroy the sphingomyelin surrounding
nerve cells in the brain, in some cases leading to a degenerative brain
condition remarkably similar to mad-cow disease (bovine spongiform
encephalopathy); in advanced cases the brain tissue develops a
Swiss-cheese-like appearance, full of holes. Illnesses and conditions that
have been associated with canola oil consumption include loss of vision
(retinal capillaries are very sensitive and easily damaged), and a wide
range of neurological disorders. [ref. 3a] The high temperatures used in
canola refining will damage many of the essential fatty acids, which are
much more susceptible to damage by heat than saturated fats. (Heat may
convert many of the unsaturated double bonds to the "trans"
configuration.) While high-quality essential fatty acids are required for
human health, in their damaged or rancid forms they become harmful.
Additional problems with canola oil include the presence of minute, but
potentially dangerous, amounts of thioglycosides, which have thyrotoxic
effects. [ref. 3m] To reduce the concentration of these compounds requires
processing with alkalinizing agents plus high temperatures; unfortunately,
the high temperatures used in processing have other undesirable effects, the
most serious of which is the conversion of unsaturated fats to the trans
form. Rapeseed has been selectively bred and genetically engineered [ref.
3a] in an attempt to reduce the toxic components and processing methods were
developed to further reduce the concentration of undesirable compounds.
Prior to its entry into the "health" food market, it was known as
rapeseed oil, but savvy marketing professionals knew that the health food
market, heavily dominated by young, college-educated women, would not
purchase a repulsive-sounding product called rapeseed oil. The name of the
selectively bred variety was changed to canola (as in "Canadian
oil"; it has been heavily promoted by Canadian government and
agricultural organizations) oil; the name rolls off the tongue with a
mellifluous sound. [3.1] Recommendations The biochemistry of plants and
natural food products is often complex; the total effect of a given food on
human health is dependent upon many chemical constituents and their
interaction with biochemical pathways of the body. To radically alter our
diets based on scientific evidence regarding only a few aspects of this
biochemistry is like cooking in the dark. Common symptom reactions to
unhealthy oils and fats, or to an unhealthy balance of the types of fats in
one's diet include joint pain and aggravation of arthritic conditions, a
general tendency to have increased tissue irritability and inflammation,
and, in the case of unhealthy fats such as hydrogenated oils and excessive
amounts of fried foods, abdominal fullness and indigestion. While these
conditions also may be due to other factors, quality of fats and oils is
important. How one feels immediately to within several days after eating
specific types of fat is often a useful indicator of whether one's fat
consumption is healthy or unhealthy. Avoid canola oil; there is too much
doubt about its safety. Recommended oils and fats, which are essential
nutrients, include moderate amounts of meat in the form of clean sources
(organically grown, etc.) of beef, lamb, and other red meats, poultry, fish
(especially sardines and mackerel), plus olive, almond, or sesame oil; of
all the vegetable oils, olive oil is probably the safest and best for health
reasons. All of these have been in traditional use in various cultures for
thousands of years. Individual differences in metabolism will dictate needs
for more or less of these types of oils and fats.
An attorney for the Canola people sent
Breathing.com the below in green.
"If you read down into this page you will see a number of links to
independent and very reputable Web sites (the Cancer Association, American
Society of Science and Health, Washington Post, Health Central and others)
that refute the claims made on this page."
I personally would not believe much of
anything from the Cancer Society.
A forwarded email.
"I know you wouldn't want to make irresponsible claims so I'm providing you
with this information: Although canola oil is not a favorite oil with me
for a number of reasons (none of which were listed in the article), the
statement suggesting that because it is used as an industrial oil it is
therefore not edible is not valid. Flax oil is also used as an industrial
oil for paint and linoleum, etc. But when it is prepared as a food it is
edible. Most oils have been used at one time or another as industrial
products. One of the most edible of oils, coconut oil, is used for many
industrial products, especially for soaps and cosmetics. Olive oil
apparently has been used to make soap for as long as it has been used as a
food oil. Perhaps the most blatant error and comparison made by Mr. Lynn,
though, is that regarding canola oil and mustard gas, which chemically has
absolutely no relationship to mustard oil or any other mustard plant.
Mustard gas is 2,2'-dichlorodiethyl sulfide and its preparation using
ethylene and sulfur chloride is given in the Merck Index. It received its
name because of the yellowish color of the gas and the sulfur odor. Canola
and regular rapeseed oils are extracted from the seeds of several of the
brassica plants - the same family of plants from which we get vegetables
such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, kale, mustard greens, and
several other vegetables. Of course, there is not much fat in these
vegetables; but what fat there is in some of them, e.g., mustard greens,
is as much as 29 percent erucic acid. Also, since glycosides (typical are
stevioside and other flavonoids) are basically water soluble, I would not
expect to find much of them in any oil. Those glucosinolates found in
rapeseed meal after the oil has removed from the seeds are the same
goiterogens that are found in the brassica vegetables. One problem with
canola oil is that it has to be partially hydrogenated or refined before
it is used commercially and consequently is a source of trans fatty acids;
sometimes are very high levels. Another problem is that it is too
unsaturated to be used exclusively in the diet; some of the undesirable
effects caused by feeding canola can be rectified if the diet is made
higher in saturated fatty acids. Mary G. Enig, Ph.D., Director Nutritional
Sciences Division Enig Associates, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org FAX:(301)680-8100"
GE canola class action suit moves forward in Canada
Court to hear GE canola class action suit arguments
Pesticide & Toxic Chemical News, October 28, 2004 Vol. 6, No. 209
An attempt by organic farmers in Saskatchewan, Canada, to file a class
action suit against developers of genetically engineered canola moves into a
courtroom in early November.
Justice Gene-Ann Smith of the Court of Queen's Bench in Saskatoon will
hear lawyers representing Monsanto Canada, Bayer Crop Science and two
organic growers argue the merits of the suit. Class actions are relatively
new in Canada, and the plaintiff has to convince the court the action should
be allowed to go forward. If the judge agrees to certify the suit, then a
trial would be held later.
Farmers Larry Hoffman and Dale Beaudoin, on behalf of a group called the
Saskatchewan Organic Directorate, wants to be able to sue Monsanto and Bayer
for an as-yet-undetermined amount in compensation for being unable to grow
organic canola. They say the companies' GE varieties spread into fields of
conventional canola, making it almost impossible to grow and sell organic
canola that must be free of GE seeds.
Monsanto spokeswoman Trish Jordan said her company will argue that the
suit should be dismissed. She said the farmers are being put forward by the
Directorate, Greenpeace, and the British Soils Association "as a platform to
advance their anti-GE position in the public arena and this is not an
appropriate use of the court's time and resources. These groups are engaging
in a scientific, social and political debate concerning GE foods rather than
having a legitimate legal dispute."
Recent june 08 email. "Thank you for your web article on rapeseed
I want to tell you about one of my experiences concerning cottonseed
I am terribly allergic to cottonseed oil (have had the checkerboard
tests on my back and back of arms twice in my life to confirm
this), and my allergist told me that one in five people are allergic
to cottonseed oil yet no companies place any warnings on their
product to indicate that cottonseed is in the product. I could die
if I got a dose of cottonseed oil!
Neosporin has put cottonseed oil in their regular
antibacterial ointment. I learned this the hard way back
in November 2004. My skin turned crimson red and began to itch
terrible when I applied Neosporin ointment to a minor burn. I
washed the Neosporin off but the skin continued to itch and remained
very red. It finally calmed down, the burn healed completely in a
couple of weeks, but for a full year after the burn was completely
healed I still had that same patch of skin flare up on me from time
to time, and go crimson red and itch. It was a reaction to the
Neosporin that I applied way back in November 2004 yet I was still
having a reaction in November 2005.
Reading about Canola, rapeseed oil, and how animals get angry after
being fed this oil makes me wonder if it has the same psychological
effect on humans? Has anyone done any research on canola,
rapeseed oil in the diet and the reactions humans have after
" Recommendations from Mike:
Dr. Doug Graham states that "oils in general inhibit nutrient absorption in
the small intestine".
Because of the lungs need for essential fatty acids in the oxidation
relationship and are a lot of what make up surfactants in your lungs I have
to encourage you to eat oils in some form.
All the above is very controversial and very time consuming to prove or
disprove so with all the oil choices out there why take chances?
If you must use oils.
Pure Olive oil only. Bariani (Sacramento California area) is a good one.
Safflower and Sunflower oils are OK, but they contain Omega 6 which may or
may not be not a
good option for the heart or the mylin sheaths. PRO
EFA or UDO's choice are real good
ones for balanced EFAs.
any foods, packaged or otherwise, which have in the label "...may
contain vegetable oil, cottonseed, canola oil.." And if the label just
says vegetable oil, I reject it since it does not specify which
Thought you might find this interesting. I received this information
from Dr. Andrew Weil. He said "that despite the scare stories,
canola oil is not toxic. I suspect that your Internet informant might be
confusing two varieties of the rapeseed plant (Brassica napus). Oils
from the original rapeseed plant, a member of the mustard family, have
been used as industrial lubricants. Rapeseed oil contains very high
levels of a potentially heart-damaging compound called erucic acid, so
plant scientists created a low-erucic-acid hybrid they called
"canola" for use in cooking. (Most food-oil plants, including
flax, peanut, corn, soy and sunflower, have been similarily crossbred to
produce varieties with greater or lesser amounts of certain fatty acids,
so this process is not uncommon) By federal regulation, canola oils can
contain no more than 2 percent erucic acid: most varieties contain far
less. Organic (unsprayed and not genetically modified), expeller-pressed
canola oil is a moderately healthy oil that can be used for cooking when
olive oil is not appropriate. It is mostly monounsaturated fat,
with less saturated fat than olive oil and some omega-3 fatty
acids." So how do we tell if it is not genetically engineered and
safe? Any suggestions? Thanks for your help, J. McG...
What puzzles me is
that with all the really good and safe oils out there you are paying so
much attention to canola. I think it is bad. Genetic engineering
scares me. I care not so much what
Andrew Weil says about it because as good as Andrew is, the medical model in
general has a much wider toleration of toxicity then I am comfortable
with. So with any doubts I just go to what is safe and sound.
Federal laws give me even less security or a sense of rational safety.
Study prescription drug side effects to learn more about that. Get
olive oil or Udo Erasmus' EFAs and be pretty safe and sure. Or for
Essential Fatty Acid oil
May 3, 2012 - Dear Mike: I would like to
tell you about my experiences with canola oil. It took me five
months to track down the culprit after having these symptoms for the
first three of those months:
I woke between three and five every
morning with a pounding heart, swollen hands, and tingly fingers and
toes. I used to get up and sit rocking and/or reading because I was
so frightened. It took until nearly noon for the symptoms to
subside. I had difficulty concentrating and gradually became
uninterested in what used to be exciting for me to do.
Finally I went to a doctor who,
after little medical history and only the one BP test, declared I
had HBP and prescribed a very potent and (to my mind after
researching it with all my chemical allergies) a problematic
Instead of filling it, I thought back to
when I felt well and tried to determine what I had been doing
differently since then. The answer came back that I had replaced
butter and other fats and oils with canola oil because it was
advertised widely here in Canada as "heart healthy"
I decided to eliminate it entirely and
did I get a shock when I discovered how many items I would no longer
be buying! After being off it for a couple of months with no early
morning wakings I realized it had been the problem.
I missed bread so much I phoned baker
after baker until I finally found an Italian one that used no oil in
the recipe and baked the loaves on an unsprayed board.
I haven't eaten out in four years and
never try food at bazaars, etc. It is a real hardship, especially
now that I read that canola oil is being touted as fertilizer for
potatoes. If that happens and its use becomes common I will be in
a real pickle. At least with ingredient lists I can shop wisely, but
I had a 24-hour reaction on Saturday
afternoon after eating hothouse tomatoes in my salad. The same old
troubles with the addition of weak legs, so no tomatoes for two more
days and then a half one yesterday. I woke this morning with a
strong heartbeat, swollen hands, tingly toes, and weak legs;
symptoms which were gone by noon this time. So I suppose that
producer is using oil as fertilizer.
Don't let anyone tell you canola oil is
safe. at least not for everyone. Just like with peanuts and citrus,
somebody is sure to react to it.
I don't know how to put the message out
there though. The canola lobby is so loud and well-financed.
Evelyn Capps, Edmonton, Canada
November 27, 2012 Dear Mike,
I loved your article on Canola oil! I won't
permit it in any form in my home.
August 1992, I began getting hives. At first
very small and progressing rapidly to giant
hives. I underwent scratch tests to determine
what was causing this problem and they didn't
reveal anything. I had gone on a low fat diet
and started using Coffee Mate Low Fat powdered
creamer. By Christmas of 1992 while travelling
to Florida for the holidays I took individual
packets of the original coffee mate and noticed
I didn't have any hives. Christmas Day, after a
lovely dinner, I immediately had a giant hive.
Depressed I returned to our motel and turned on
the television. I saw a commercial for what I
thought was Grape Seed Oil and that was a moment
that changed my life. Returning home I went to
my allergist again, told him about the 'grape
seed oil' (am allergic to grape seeds) and he
told me it was the RAPESEED (or Canola Oil) that
was causing my giant hives and I should avoid it
at all costs, Should the hives go internal I
will be dead within minutes.
Researching the product I learned it's used in
insecticides - which I'm also allergic to.
Over the past 2 years or so I have run into
others who are allergic to Canola/Rapeseed oil.
Just why is an allergy such as this NOT
mentioned in side effects?
This allergy makes it so difficult to eat out
even in the more high class eateries. It seems
the fast food places are almost the only places
who are using a modicum of intelligence. Other
products are also using canola oil as an
example: the spray for dry mouth.
Needless to say I have become an avid label
reader! I buy organic when ever possible in my
produce, eggs, meat,dairy etc. I use olive,
corn, sunflower, palm and coconut oils only. I
have become extremely distrustful of the FDA as
Have you considered taking a poll of who have
had adverse effects, including allergy? If
peanuts and their oil are listed as hazardous
why can't Canola/Rapeseed oil have the same
Thank you for your time,
From Dr. Bruce West
"There is no difference in the risk of
cardiovascular disease between people who eat the most saturated fat
and those who eat the least. And this proved beyond any doubt by
examining 21 studies involving close to half million people
monitored from 5 years to over 20 years.
So eat your meat, have a little real
ice cream, and feel good about it. To prevent cardiovascular disease
don't eat the real causes of heart attacks-processed foods that are
loaded with sugar and polyunsaturated vegetable oils (corn, canola,
and and all other crystal clear, pure oils on store shelves). These
irritate and inflame your blood vessels and heart. And to be on the
safe side , avoid ........"
Taken from the August 2010 issue
of Health Alert by Dr. Bruce West. www.healthalert.com
Health Alert, founded in 1988 is the
longest running alternative health newsletter in the USA. I see
Dr. West as leading edge and one of the top experts in natural health
in the USA. Been tracking him for several years. He has a very comprehensive Health
Encyclopedia that is free with new subscriptions that cost $39.00 a
recent email cment but
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www.westonprice.org booklet "For Wise Traditions" Principles of
Healthy Diets" "The following new fangled fats can cause
cancer, heart disease, immune system dysfunction, sterility,
learning disabilities, growth problems, and osteoporosis. Other
industrialized processed liquid oils such as soy, corn, safflower,
cottonseed and canola". Bold added by mike.
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