According to the Non-GMO Project, 90% of the U.S. canola crop is genetically modified (in 2011). Canada also grows a lot of canola, but after watching the documentary “The Future of Food” I would not trust any canola grown in Canada.
Canola oil I was buying was produced from Round Up Ready GMO Canola. Canola oil is developed from the rapeseed plant, which is part of the mustard family of plants. These oils have long been used for industrial purposes (in candles, lipsticks, soaps, inks, lubricants, and biofuels). It’s an industrial oil, not a food.
Today, 72% of all products from the United States are genetically modified. The top 3 genetically modified foods are:
Not too far behind them are potatoes, tomatoes, sweet peppers, peanuts, and sunflower.
Negative Effect Of GMOs
Many plants are engineered to become resistant. We consume those same toxins and may in turn develop resistances.
GMOs are an offense to our cells. They depress our immune system and may allow for the onset of cancer.
Apparently they have GMO Christmas trees that glow in the dark. Slightly cool, but kind of disturbing. They can also make pigs glow in the dark by injecting them with jellyfish.
Our bodies were not built to recognize and consume GMOs. They are foreign substances in our digestive system and in our bloodstream.
Our immune system doesn’t recognize GMOs. It works to expel them from our bodies as soon as possible, and has less time to work towards our general well being.
3 Canola Oil Alternatives
First off you can avoid GMO oils if you purchase imported European oils. Europe does not allow GMOs. Two different types of cooking oil I have been using lately are grape seed oil and sunflower oil (from Europe just to be safe). Neither of these come from GM crop sources.
The last time I bought this oil I got it at Trader Joe’s for a reasonable price. The oil was from the Ukraine (they don’t allow GMOs). Refind sunflower oils have an even higher smoke point than grape seed coming in at 450 degrees! While I don’t think it’s as healthy as grape seed oil, sunflower oil does contain it’s share of vitamin E and is low in saturated fat, although the types of fats can vary depending on what variety of sunflower(s) are being used. Again consume in moderation.
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 salads and other cold dishes.
Coconut 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 medium-chain fatty acids that can support both fat loss and your nervous system.
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