CANOLA OIL - RAPE IN A DIFFERENT GUISE
Before you buy your next bottle of cooking oil...
I think it's important that as many people as possible
KNOW about the origins of this product. Then, if you choose to
buy it, at least you're doing so with your eyes open.
Recently I bought a cooking oil that's new to our supermarkets,
Canola Oil. I tried it because the label assured me it
was lowest in "bad" fats. However, when I had used half the
bottle, I concluded that the label told me surprisingly little
else and I started to wonder: where does Canola oil come from?
Olive oil comes from olives, peanut oil from peanuts,
sunflower oil from sunflowers; but what is a Canola?
There was nothing on the label to enlighten me, which I
thought odd. So, I did some investigating on the Internet.
There are plenty of official Canola sites lauding this new
"wonder" oil with all its low-fat health benefits. It takes
a little longer to find sites that tell the less palatable details.
Here are just a few facts everyone should know before buying
anything containing Canola. Canola is not the name of a
natural plant but a made-up word, from the words "Canada" and
"oil." Canola is a genetically engineered plant
developed in Canada from the Rapeseed Plant, which is part of
the mustard family of plants. According to
AgriAlternatives, The Online Innovation, and Technology Magazine
for Farmers, "By nature, these rapeseed oils,
which have long been used to produce oils for industrial purposes, are ...
toxic to humans and other animals." (This, by
the way, is one of the websites singing the praises of the new
Canola industry.) Rapeseed oil is poisonous to living things and is an
excellent insect repellent. I have been using it (in very diluted
form, as per instructions) to kill the aphids on my roses for the last
two years. It works very well; it suffocates them.
Ask for it at your nursery. Rape is an oil that is used as a lubricant,
fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base and as an illuminate for color
pages in magazines. It is an industrial oil. It is nota food. Rape oil,
it seems, causes emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia,
constipation, irritability, and blindness in animals and humans.
Rape oil was widely used in animal feeds in England and Europe
between 1986 and 1991, when it was thrown out. Remember
the "Mad Cowdisease" scare, when millions of cattle in the
UK were slaughtered in case of infecting humans? Cattle
were being fed on a mixture containing material from dead
sheep, and sheep suffer from a disease called "scrapie."
It was thought this was how "Mad Cow" began and started
to infiltrate the human chain. What is interesting
is that when rape oil was removed from animal feed, "Scrapie"
disappeared We also haven't seen any further reports of
"Mad Cow" since rape oil was removed from the feed. Perhaps
not scientifically proven, but interesting all the same.
US and Canadian farmers grow genetically engineered rapeseed
and manufacturers use its oil (Canola) in thousands of
processed foods, with the blessings of Canadian and US
government watchdog agencies. The Canola supporting
websites say that Canola is safe to use. They admit it was
developed from the rapeseed, but insist that through genetic
engineering it is no longer rapeseed, but "Canola" instead.
Except Canola means "Canadian oil"; and the plant is still a
rape plant, albeit genetically modified. The new name
provides perfect cover for commercial interests wanting to
make millions. Look at the ingredients list on labels.
Apparently peanut oil is being replaced with rape oil. You'll
find it in an alarming number of processed foods. There's
more, but to conclude: rape oil was the source of the
chemical warfare agent mustard gas, which was banned after
blistering the lungs and skins of hundred of thousands of
soldiers and civilians during W.W.I. Recent French reports
indicate that it was again in use during the Gulf War.
Check products for ingredients. If the label says, "May
contain the following" and lists Canola oil, you know it contains
Canola oil because is the cheapest oil and the Canadian
government subsidizes it to industries involved in food
I don't know what you'll be cooking with tonight, but
I'll be using olive oil and old-fashioned butter, from a genetically
Here is more information.......... Canola oil from the rape seed,
referred to as the Canadian oil because Canada is
mainly responsible for it being marketed in the USA.
The Canadian government and industry paid our Federal Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) $50 million dollars to have
Canola oil placed on the (GRAS) List, "Generally
Recognized As Safe." Thus a new industry was created. Laws
were enacted affecting international trade, commerce,
and traditional diets. Studies with lab. animals were
disastrous. Rats developed fatty degeneration
of heart, kidney, adrenals, and thyroid gland. When
Canola oil was withdrawn from their diets, the deposits dissolved
but scar tissue remained on all vital organs. No
studies on humans were made before money was spent to promote
Canola oil in the USA. Adrenoleukodystrophy
(ALD) is a rare fatal degenerative disease caused by a build up
long-chain fatty acids (c22 to c28) which destroys the
myelin (protective sheath) of the nerves. Canola oil is a very
long chain fatty an acid oil (c22). Those who will defend
Canola oil say that the Chinese and Indians have used it for
centuries with no effect, however it was in an unrefined
form (taken from FATS THAT HEAL AND FATS THAT
KILL by Udo Erasmus). My cholesterol level was 150.
After a year using Canola oil I tested 260. I switched back
to pure olive oil and it has taken 5 years to get it down to
160. Thus began this project to find answers since most
Doctors will say that Canola oil is O.K.
My sister spilled Canola oil on a piece of fabric, after 5
pre-treatings and harsh washings, the oil spot still showed. She
stopped using Canola oil, wondering what it did to our insides if
it could not be removed from cloth easily. Our Father
bred birds, always checking labels to insure there was no rape
seed in their food. He said, "The birds will eat it, but
they do not live very long." A friend, who worked for only 9 mo.
as a quality control taster at an apple-chip factory
where Canola oil was used exclusively for frying, developed
numerous health problems. These included loose teeth &
gum disease; numb hands and feet; swollen arms and legs upon
rising in the morning; extreme joint pain especially in
hands, cloudy vision, constipation with stools like black marbles,
hearing loss; skin tears from being bumped; lack of
energy; hair loss and heart pains. It has been five years since
she has worked there and still has some joint pain, gum
disease, and numbness. A fellow worker, about 30 years old,
who ate very little product, had a routine check up and
found that his blood vessels were like those of an 80 year
old man. Two employees fed the waste product to baby
calves and their hair fell out. After removing the fried
apple chips from the diet their hair grew back in.
My daughter and her girls were telling jokes. Stephanie
hit her mom's arm with the back of a butter knife in a gesture,
"Oh Mom" not hard enough to hurt.
My daughters arm split open like it was rotten. She called
me to ask what could have caused it. I said, "I'll bet anything
that you are using Canola oil." Sure enough, there was a big
gallon jug in the pantry.
Rape seed oil is a penetrating oil, to be used in light industry,
not for human consumption. It contains a toxic
substance. Even after the processing to reduce the erucic
acid content, it is still a penetrating oil. We have found that it
turns rancid very fast. Also it leaves a residual rancid odor
Rape seed oil used for stir-frying in China found to emit
cancer causing chemicals. (Rapeseed oil smoke causes lung
cancer) Amal Kumar Maj. The Wall Street Journal June 7,
1995, pB6(W) pB6 (E) col 1 (11 col in). Compiled by
Canola oil is a health hazard to use as a cooking oil or
salad oil. It is not the healthy oil we thought it was. It is not fit
for human consumption, do not eat Canola oil, it can
hurt you. Polyunsaturated or not, this is a bad oil.
Be Sure to also read this informative report written
by leading health expert Tom Valentine, Canola Oil Report.
Go to Ask Jeeves yourself:
and type in =(Where does Canola Oil come from?)
and see what you come up with.