Cooking oil is one of the most common kitchen ingredients.
Housewives cannot imagine cooking a meal without using oil. But, are you sure that you always use high-quality cooking oil and how it’s made? In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about canola and soybean oil. They contain compounds which are very dangerous for your health.
How canola oil is produced?
As we all know, olive oil is made of olives and grape seed oil is made of grape seeds. Canola oil is made of rapeseed or also called turnips. Turnips are cuiciferous vegetables, which belong to the Brassicaceae family. So far, rapeseed oil has only been used in the industry. The FDA didn’t allow its use for human consumption in 1956, and for a good reason. This oil was banned for use because it was toxic.
In the 1970s, farmers from Canada, cultivated new oil which contained low amounts of euric acid. They even changed its name. ”Canola” comes from ”Canadian oil, low acid.” Their intention was to convince customers that it’s safe. Later, ”canola” became the generic term for low-euric rapeseed oil. Canola oil is an insecticide and it was classified by the EPA as an active ingredient for pesticides.
Processing of canola
- First, the manufacturers gather soybean, rapeseed, cotton, and sunflower seeds, which come from genetically engineered plants. To be more precise, canola oil is the genetically modified version of rapeseed oil.
- Then, seed pulp and oil are passed through a hexane solvent bath. It is being steamed in order to release more oil. The inhalation of hexane causes mild euphoria, sleepiness, headaches, and nausea.
- Then, phosphate is added to the oil mixture. The crude oil is ready.
- After that, the oil is passed though degumming (the first stage in the refining process), neutralization, and bleaching. The next step is adding water.
Researchers have found that the fatty acids in canola are very similar to plastic or nylon, which are used for producing clothes as well.
Canola oil causes the following health problems:
- Raises your bad cholesterol levels.
- Affects your cardiovascular diseases.
- Inhibits the absorption of vitamin E.
- Increases the risk of developing multiple sclerosis, pulmonary hypertension, and neuropathy.
- Causes respiratory problems.
- Weakens your immune system.
Avoid consuming canola and other processed foods like safflower, corn, sunflower, and vegetable oils. Substitute them with coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oil which have high nutritive value.