According to Natural News, canola oil can have detrimental effects on your health, especially the genetically modified (GM) canola that Monsanto manufactures for the masses to consume. The omega-3 fatty acids of processed canola oil are transformed during the deodorizing process into trans fatty acids. The reason why canola is particularly unsuitable for consumption is that it contains a very-long-chain fatty acid called erucic acid, which under some circumstances is associated with fibrotic heart lesions.
A biochemist would tell you that canola oil has higher levels of trans fatty acids than soybean oil and other toxic GMO "hybrid" oils that the masses use on a regular basis. This would include the hydrogenated vegetable oils cottonseed, safflower and corn.
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Scores of scientists have condemned a journal editor's retraction of a study that reported a number of serious side effects in lab rats that consumed Monsanto's genetically modified maize and Roundup herbicide.
According to a press release by a group called “End Science Censorship,” the number of scientists decrying the retraction has climbed to 150. The group said the editor of the Elsevier journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, Dr. A. Wallace Hayes, claimed that the retraction of a study conducted by a team headed by Prof. Gilles-Eric Seralini was due to some "inconclusive" findings. But that rationale has been roundly criticized by scientists who point out that many studies contain findings that are not at all conclusive.
What is also noteworthy, they point out, is that the retraction comes just a few months after the arrival of a former Monsanto scientist on the editorial board of the scientific journal.
"It is a criminal attitude," said Dr. Mohamed Habib, a professor of entomology at the University of Campinas, Brazil, who has signed a petition opposing the retraction.
"Truth and ethical values have to be considered as more important than money. The article must be reinstated," he said, adding that the retraction appeared to indicate that powerful economic interests influenced the journal's decision.
Like most highly refined oils, canola oil is low in essential nutrients. However, it does contain a little bit of the fat soluble vitamins E and K.
A typical fatty acid composition of canola oil is:
· Saturated: 7%.
· Monounsaturated: 63%.
· Polyunsaturated: 28% (with omega-6 and omega-3 in a 2:1 ratio).
Keep in mind that the exact figures and ratios can vary between different batches.
According to conventional wisdom, saturated fat is bad and unsaturated fats are good, so according to that, the fatty acid composition is pretty much perfect.
Although saturated fat has been considered harmful in the past, several recent studies have shown that it really has nothing to do with heart disease. Therefore, the low saturated fat content of canola oil is completely irrelevant, although it does allow for some excellent marketing slogans.
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