For years my husband and I have been cooking with canola oil or rapeseed oil, believing that we were making the healthy choice. However, as I started digging into the various options, I discovered something that made me both angry and frightened. Along with the other harmful advice about fats and sugars that we’ve been given over the decades, vegetable oils may also be harming our health, not improving it.
I’m not going to go into great depth here on the pros and cons of various oils because there’s enough information to write a book about it. I will share a few studies (so you can begin to educate yourself and make the best decision for you) and a few solid resources.
- Study – Canola Oil May Be Bad for Brain Health –
- Resource – Updating the Primal Stance on Vegetable Oils
- Resource – Paleo Primer on Fats and Oils
- Resource – Cooking Oils Chart – I have this chart on the front of my refrigerator.
- Study – Cooking with Vegetable Oils Releases Toxic Cancer Causing Chemicals
In A Nutshell…
In a nutshell, many of the vegetable oils that we’ve been told are good for us to use to cook with come with some big problems.
- They’re highly processed and the oils are oxidized by the time we put them into our bodies. This oxidation causes cellular damage.
- They’re high in Omega 6, which in and of itself isn’t a big problem, but because our diets are otherwise high in this fat, we have a huge imbalance that causes a number of health problems including heart disease,Type II Diabetes, Irritable Bowel and so much more. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3335257/ Health Implications of High Dietary Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids)
- The labeling is often unclear and a bottle labeled Olive Oil may in fact have other oils mixed in so you’re not always getting what you believe you’re getting.
What to Do…
Educate yourself. Download the chart I linked to in the resources. And begin making changes. Swap your cooking oils for coconut or avocado oil. Use grassfed ghee when you can or real butter. Use pan drippings from bacon, lard (yes lard), and cold pressed virgin olive oil from the United States.
It’s not always easy to make these changes but if you’re struggling with chronic diseases or you’re overweight, these changes can make a big difference. Give it a try and see. And if you would like some guidance or have questions, please reach out.