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 Posted 6/21/2012 4:11:20 PM
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Not only a GMO oil and high in omega 6 (causes inflamation ) but this toxic oil containes erucic acid -and never a mention of how harmful this oil is on the human body-Why?
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 Posted 6/21/2012 5:15:00 PM
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Haven't studied it, but did read this http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/canola.asp

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People depend on the knowledge and wisdom of Life Extension for their well being (health) and to suggest snopes.com as a source of truth is ludicrous, Please research this canola (rape oil)..Should you need truthful facts, You won't find this on            (I wonder why)   snopes............

"The Great Con-ola

Posted By Dr. Mercola |
By Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD

Canola oil is "widely recognized as the healthiest salad and cooking oil available to consumers." It was developed through hybridization of rape seed.

Rape seed oil is toxic because it contains significant amounts of a poisonous substance called erucic acid. . . "


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I've read from several sources that a pro-canola animal feed company tried to incorporate canola oil into a formula for piglets.  When large numbers of the piglets tested on the formula began dying, an investigation showed they were extremely deficient in vitamin-E.  

The researchers couldn't understand how these piglets could be so deficient in E because canola is supposed to be rich in vitamin-E, and the formula had also been fortified with additional vitamin-E.  

Don't know how their experiments turned out, but it seems something in canola severely depletes vitamin-E, even when it is supplemented.  The most likely reason is lipid peroxidation of the highly unsaturated canola oil which would burn through all available vitamin-E in short order.  

I've also read that although soybean and other oils are used in human infant formulas, canola is never used.  Don't know if the FDA banned it, or the formula companies got spooked by the problem with the piglets.  

Canola has become popular as one of the oils (usually blended with other oils) now used by the fast food industry as it is very cheap (deep fryers need a LOT of oil that needs to be changed frequently), and doesn't add much flavor of its own to the food fried in it.  

It's interesting how the rise in fatty liver disease NASH / NAFLD has paralleled the increasing use of canola in fast food fryers.  I wonder if anyone has ever looked into the vitamin-E levels of America's tubby teens who gobble these fried foods down on a daily basis.  

I avoid canola like the plague...  Olive, or even soybean oil is so much better.  

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To Mr Phixit:

It was necessary to significantly trim your post because it contained copied material that could violate copyright law if posted to this site.  You are welcome to add a link to the full text of the material.

Life Extension has not published an investigative article concerning canola oil.  Your suggestion will be forwarded to Life Extension Magazine's editor.  Thank you for your concern regarding this subject.

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It appears MrPhixit is unusually biased against Snopes. If he bothered to actually read what was on snopes he would realize it actually does cover the issue of erucic acid in canola oil. It mentions natural canola/rapeseed oil has 30-60% erucic acid and is dangerous but what has been approved for use in the US since the 1970s has less than 1%. I've yet to read a snopes article that wasn't well thought out and thoroughly documented.

One big point he thought was against canola in 'The Great Con-Ola' is the study on piglets. What the reader might not know is that studies like this generally only test one thing, which is often why studies on vitamin/supplements also don't show to work. In this particular case the study on piglets almost certainly only contained canola oil and no other forms of fatty acids. It mentions that after introducing other oils along with canola the problems went away.

"When saturated fats are added to the diet, the undesirable effects of canola oil are mitigated. Most interesting of all is the fact that many studies show that the problems with canola oil are not related to the content of erucic acid, but more with the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and low levels of saturated fats." -- This point from the article is interesting in that it is claiming the health problems were caused by too much Omega-3 and not enough saturated fat. This one claim is more interesting to me than the entire rest of the article, especially considering that saturated fat is so demonized and Omega-3 is promoted like you can never get too much.

For those who want to read the full article Mr Phixit mentioned its here:
http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/the-great-con-ola

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I want to thank MrPhixit for bringing this to my attention as it makes it much more clear that I need to have a fatty acid blood test done.


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Thanx for the update calc...  

I too feel the Omega-3 crowd often get carried away with the "more is better" theory.  

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 Posted 6/22/2012 7:07:34 AM
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One can get too much of anything, but it is easy and harmful to ingest too much fat.  That being said, most people can benefit from a small amount of omega 3 supplementation since most people don't get much of it in their diets. 

Udo Erasmus, the author of Fats That Kill, Fats That Heal, once told a group of us that his experience with adding a high amount of omega-3 to his diet caused symptoms that made him realize the necessity of a balance in fatty acid intake, and that is why he added omega-6 and omega 9 fatty acids to his Perfected Oil Blend product. 


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A few months ago I posted a similar thread. Maybe for most people canola oil is not a problem but even the sight of it can make me sick as a dog. And I'm not alone, there are dozens of other threads on the internet where people are getting the same reactions.

One thing I noticed is that taking any kind of zinc supplement can make the symptoms a 100x times worse so I'm now forced to avoid the oil completely while spending a considerable amount of money and time looking for certain products like mayonnaise that don't use this ingredient. It appears that the FDA signed off on this way too soon, there needs to be more studies on why some don't respond so well to it.     
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Zinc can be irritating to the GI tract and often causes nausea.  It is best consumed in a low dose after a meal if one is going to supplement with it. 

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