Stop Using Canola Oil Immediately!

By Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DMN, CNS

When it comes to canola oil, some people view it as a healthy food while others avoid it at all costs.

When there are two extremely passionate viewpoints, it can be very challenging to get to the bottom of it all.

On the one hand, detractors claim that canola oil is completely toxic, contains “the infamous chemical warfare agent mustard gas,” and causes everything from mad cow disease to blindness.

On the other hand, supporters believe that canola oil is one of the healthiest oils on the planet because it’s rich in omega-3s, low in saturated fats and is a good source of oleic acid.

Granted, these properties are true on a surface level, but there is much more to the canola story.

A genetically modified product, canola oil is a Canadian invention that’s backed by Canada’s government, cheap to manufacture, and many packaged or processed foods contain it.

Canola oil was first created in the early 1970s as a natural oil, but in 1995, Monsanto created a genetically modified version of canola oil.

As of 2005, 87 percent of canola grown in the U.S. was genetically modified, and by 2009, 90 percent of the Canadian crop was genetically engineered. (2)

With so many oils on the market and so much talk about the different types of oil, it’s difficult to sift through what’s fact, what’s entirely fiction and most of all which is the healthiest oil to use.

I want to explain all the reasons why canola oil is not what you want to add to your shopping cart from genetic modification to an overload of unhealthy fats — plus, better alternatives and resources to help you avoid GMOs across the board.

Two main reasons, most canola oil today can be very harmful to your body:

Over 90 percent of canola oil is genetically modified.

Canola oil is a refined oil that’s often partially hydrogenated to increase its stability, but this increases its negative health effects.

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