GMOs and why you should never use Canola oil.

Olive oil comes from olives. Sesame seed oil comes from sesame seeds.

But what is a canola? Canola is actually a made-up word for a genetically modified product.

Canola stands for “Canadian oil low acid.” It’s (sadly) a Canadian invention and subsidized by the government. The subsidies make it very cheap to use, so almost all processed or packaged foods contain canola oil. Be sure to read the ingredients. Here’s why you should:

THE SCOOP ON CANOLA

Canola oil is developed from the rapeseed plant, which is part of the mustard family of plants. These oils have long been used for industrial purposes (in candles, lipsticks, soaps, inks, lubricants, and biofuels). It’s an industrial oil, not a food.

Rapeseed oil is the source behind mustard gas, and on its own it causes emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability, and blindness. But through the beauty of genetic modification, we now sell it as an edible oil.

The claim is that canola is safe to use because through modification it is no longer rapeseed but “canola.” Except… canola is just genetically modified rapeseed. It has been marketed as a wonder oil that is low in saturated fats with a beneficial omega-3 fatty acid profile. It is recognized by the American Dietetic Association and the American Heart Association based on the belief that the absence of saturated fats alone makes it healthy.

It is now believed that rapeseed has a cumulative effect, taking almost 10 years before symptoms begin to manifest. One possible effect of long-term use is the destruction of the protective coating surrounding nerves called the myelin sheath. This is like having raw, open wires in the body. Some symptoms include:

  • tremors and shaking
  • uncoordination when walking or writing
  • slurred speech
  • deterioration of memory and thinking processes
  • fuzzy or low audio levels
  • difficulty urinating/incontinence
  • breathing problems/short of breath
  • nervous breakdown
  • numbness and tingling in extremities
  • heart problems/arrhythmia

From a nutritional perspective, canola oil has been found to deplete Vitamin E. It has a tendency to inhibit proper metabolism of foods and normal enzyme function. It also depresses the immune system.

THE SCOOP ON GMOs

Today, 72% of all products from the United States are genetically modified. The top 3 genetically modified foods are:

  1. canola
  2. corn
  3. soy

Not too far behind them are potatoes, tomatoes, sweet peppers, peanuts, and sunflower.

Companies that commonly use genetic modification are:

  • Kellogg’s
  • Kraft
  • Miss Vickie’s
  • Hershey’s
  • Coke
  • Gatorade
  • General Mills
  • Labatt beer
  • McCain
  • No Name
  • President’s Choice
  • Quaker Oats
  • Ragu

When an attempt was made for new legislation to force the labeling of genetically modified products in grocery stores, the three companies of Kellogg’s, Monsanto, and DuPont spent $55 millions to fight it and eventually won. It is not mandatory for companies to let the consumers know when they have used genetic modification. Which is why today I refuse to use a Kellogg’s product (very corn-based). Produce that is genetically modified is sometimes identified by a 5-digit number on its sticker that starts with an 8. But not always.

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF GMOs ON HUMANS

1. Toxicity

Apparently they have GMO Christmas trees that glow in the dark. Slightly cool, but kind of disturbing. They can also make pigs glow in the dark by injecting them with jellyfish.

2. Allergic reactions

Our bodies were not built to recognize and consume GMOs. They are foreign substances in our digestive system and in our bloodstream.

3. Antibiotic resistance

Many plants are engineered to become resistant. We consume those same toxins and may in turn develop resistances.

4. Cancer

GMOs are an offense to our cells. They depress our immune system and may allow for the onset of cancer.

5. Immuno-suppresion

Our immune system doesn’t recognize GMOs. It works to expel them from our bodies as soon as possible, and has less time to work towards our general well being.

Besides the above, GMOs have a negative effect on nature. It upsets the balance of the earth, harms wild plants, and disturbs the life cycle of wild animals.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Since learning the above, I’ve made some changes. They’re small, but I feel good about them.

  1. I don’t buy or use anything that contains canola.
  2. I don’t buy or use any Kellogg’s products.
  3. I look at the produce stickers on my fruits and vegetables. Just in case.
  4. I stay away from processed foods, as they are most likely GMO.

GMOs are a big scary topic. But even without labeling, most of us can incorporate small changes to eat more naturally.

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Editor’s Note:

Hey all! Thanks for the comments! So – I posted this shortly after starting the blog over a year ago.. it’s straight out of the notes of my Ecology class at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.

I’ve since moved to San Diego and my notes are in Canada, so unfortunately don’t have access to the sources the instructor used.  I didn’t think to put references at the time since I had approximately two readers, and one of them was my mom :) .. However, there are now tons of links in the comments below if you feel like scanning them.

THAT said, obviously this is not a scientific source (it’s a blog…) and you should ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS do your own research when it comes to what you eat/don’t eat (duh). Do what you think is healthy for your own body and try not to be cruel to others. Thanks for reading!

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      • Snopes is liberal, don’t trust them! If it’s not in the form that God created it for us, it’s not good for us!

      • So glad that not everyone just jump to the scare tactics of spreading this garbage. Thank yo for being intelligent enough to check facts first. and as for the comment about about “If it’s not in the form that God created it for us, it’s not good for us!” – I don’t know if you’re trolling or not, but you may want to get rid of almost everything in your house (including your computer) as virtually nothing you buy and consume is in the form that God created it…

      • You know, I loveSnopes, those people try very hard to find acurate info, but on this one they have plainly fallen down. I sent them the links that show that canola IS, in fact, a GMO crop. There are nonGMO seeds available and so legitimate “organic” canola. Vanessa is also wrong about tomatoes, which have been an utter fail on the market and have since been withdrawn. Just because a commotidy has been GMOed doesn’t mean that it has flooded the market as yet, but it is Ver Important to know which ones are and are not on the market.

        http://wdm.ca/skteacherguide/WDMResearch/CanolaResearchPaper.pdf

        http://bch.cbd.int/database/record.shtml?documentid=14761

      • If you use snipes to manage your truths, you are easily led. Canola oil is RoundUp ready for cripes sake..

    • What a crock of shit!!!! First Canola Hy Breed was created in the early 1970 before the Genetic code was broken no GMOs process . All food that we consume are to some extent are GMOs.. Mendal came up with the law of genetics we have been producing GMOs based on his laws to today. GMO s have enhanced what Mendel did in the 1890. We today have the ability to produce a food that will not only provide your body with vitamins and minerals your body needs but also posses medicinal properties that will allow a person to live a longer healthier life. I would echo what the author said do your research. This is not even close to anything credible. Fear is only spread thru ignorance,

      • “We today have the ability to produce a food that will not only provide your body with vitamins and minerals your body needs but also posses medicinal properties that will allow a person to live a longer healthier life.”

        The SOIL+SUN+WATER have the ability to produce a food that will not only provide your body with vitamins and minerals your body needs but also posses medicinal properties that will allow a person to live a longer healthier life.” And has had for MILLIONS OF YEARS. If it’s not broke, don’t break it.

        No thanks to you for perpetuating the disinformation that conflates hybridization with genetic engineering. They are radically different. Stop transmitting lies.

      • Hybridization a la Mendel and genetic modification are two very different processes. Watson and Crick are the names associated with the history of the chromosome, which is the level at which GMO alterations take place.

        I hope everyone else who visits this website understands this.

    • here’s the news…people have been modifying and cross breeding different varieties of plants for HUNDREDS of years. no doubt some GMOs are bad, but just saying that every single GMO is bad for you is short sighted and silly. just because something is “natural” or “organic” (easily the two most overused words in the history of mankind when talking about food) doesn’t automatically make them good for you. mercury is natural and organic, arsenic is natural and organic, uranium is natural and organic, but i wouldn’t sprinkle any of them on my food.

      • As mentioned above, cross-breeding is different than genetically modifying a plant to be resistant to bug-killing poison that we created. And when speaking of ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ obviously the folks here are speaking about FOOD, not substances that are deadly to the human body, another big difference. So when speaking of Organic food, like fruits and vegetables, which humans are made to consume, than yes in most cases Organic does mean it is good for you, because there are no poisons or pesticides in said food that are not there naturally. Its pretty basic, so lets not try to think about it too much…100 years ago we wouldn’t even need to be having this conversation.

    • it seems like you’ve been reading the great book called YOUNG AGAIN john thomas is the guy we should thank for bringing all this to light..canola is a COINED word also why did the canadian govt give 50 mill.to the fda to side swipe the testing of canola..its not safe plus YOU CANT MARKET THE WORD RAPE soo they changed the name to canola..its a sham and i wouldnt touch it w/ a 10 foot pole

  1. So what kind of oil do you recommend?
    I use olive oil for almost everything, but i’ve been told it’s not good for high heat.

  2. Too bad you hadn’t written this article about two weeks ago before my wife and I bought a gallon jug of it! :-)

    Looks like the label was a bit misleading and even with no trans fats, it’s not the greatest oil on the market.

    We’ll make sure to switch over to a better type after reading this. Thanks!

    • a good use for canola oil is mix it with water and ivory soap and spray it on your flower garden to help control pests, or use it on bicycle chains to lubricate them but dont cook with it, i have cussed out my dad multiple times for buying it and he still doesnt switch over so i buy olive oil and cook with that stuff.

      • Thanks for playing, but that isn’t the way it works. *Any* oil—including whatever the anti-Canola crowd wants you to use today—will kill bugs: it blocks their breathing tubes and suffocates them. You might as well mitch and bone about peanut oil, coconut oil, almond oil, or any other kinds. Guess what? Chocolate is poisonous to dogs, but that doesn’t mean it is to humans. Silver is poisonous to bacteria, but beneficial to humans for that very reason. You need to learn something about science and the world before you start drawing asinine conclusions like the one you drew.

  3. Brandon, it’s a really cool science-y explanation, but basically heat (and light) will change the chemical structure of the oil, causing it to go rancid. Consuming rancid oil will create free radicals in the body. Free radicals are foreign invaders that result in an imbalance in our bodies. Our immune system uses antioxidants to fight them off, but too many free radicals will eventually cause disease and more serious health issues.

    Some oils are more stable than others, so they are affected at different temperatures. I usually cook with coconut oil and consume other oils raw, on salads etc. I keep my oils in a cool, dark place.

    • Vanessa–if you are still playing about with free radicals–then your science base is about 50 years behind the times.

      We can discuss that if you have the inclination although that is not why i’m writing.
      Depending on which side of the border we are–we may or may not be aware of US water additives–especially Fluoride.

      The heavy metals and toxic byproducts put Canola to shame.

      Strangely -the ailments you’ve listed for canola are exactly the same from fluoride poisoning.

      These occurences are rarely tested (or acknowledged by authorities) but the same reactions have been known since 1930.

      [wherever high mineral rock fluorides exist--populations that live downstream or nearby are exposed--see India and China for very high impact areas].

      In itself bottled water may seem the solution (which it is) but hexafluorosilic acid also contains lead, arsenic, radium, cyanide and quite possibly radio-isotope materials.

      US Authorities permit the waste sludge of the fertiliser industry to be added to municipal waters ( details http://ffo-olf.org/ffo-olf.html#13).

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      ‘But many seemingly mysterious adjustments of living organisms are purely chemical, wholly physical.

      At any moment of time, in the blood stream of any human being there exists the possibility of upward of 15,000,000 chemical reactions between the hormone output of a dozen ductless glands.’ Sir Hubert Wilkes 1950.

      Free radical deductions currently share gland function and fail to mention that the action of chlorine in human biology is ‘still theoretical.’

  4. And the number one negative effect GMOs have on humans… Toxicity! Proof: a glow-in-the-dark Christmas tree! Spread that fear.

    Effect number two: Allergies, because your body has a list of genetic patterns of every food ever consumed, and if you eat something that doesn’t match one of the billions of possibilities, you will be allergic.

    Third effect: Plants are bred to be resistant to diseases, drought and pesticides. If you eat these plants, medication won’t work for you any more. Sound logic at work once again.

    Number four: (scary word alert) Cancer!!! No medical proof provided. Please tell your friends to be scared.

    Finally: Immuno-suppression. “Our immune system doesn’t recognize GMOs”, really? So my immune system is so advanced that when I eat a tomato, it can tell me the mechanism by which the tomato’s genes were transferred? Again, link please.

    Unscientific fear-mongering. Come on.

    • @ Walter M: Food labeling is deceptive. The FDA gets to decide, for example, that Splenda has no sugar because it has less than half a gram of concentrated sugar in it. What about the diabetic that sprinkles 10 splenda packets on his crappy GMo Kellog’s cereal thinking they are consuming no sugar. Wake up!!

      • Splenda is sugar that has been processed into a mirror image of natural sugar. It still taste sweet and is the only low calore sweetner stable enought to cook with. Sugar in the mirror form can not be broken down by the bodies enzimes, therefore it passes through the digestive tract unutilized, that is the reason it has no calores. It was developed and tested over a period of 20 years and I have never seen any sicenctific evidence that it has caused any problems. It has been a god send to dieters and diabetics. You need to wake up and review the facts, before you post, not every thing you read on the internet is true. A good way to treet the internet is to belive none of what you read and half of what you see!

      • Re your comments on Splenda, the artificial sweetener….it is very bad for you, as are all such products….but, you seem to know best here…good thing, when it comes to your post, I believe none of what I read.

      • splenda- sugar with 3 chlorine molocules added- do you drink bleach? If not you shouldn’t use splenda

      • Medication never really works? Interesting comment. What about penicillin? I took a microbiology class where we compared different anti-biotics to different strains of bacteria and they definitely worked.

      • That “synthetic crap” is designed to target areas of bacterial cells, like protein, nucleic acid or cell wall synthesis in order to kill them while not harming us, it’s called chemistry. While I’m not a fan of Monsanto or misleading labels, I am a fan of research so I’m better informed.

      • Nikki, sorry, but probably not better informed, just better indoctrinated. Sadly, most ‘science’ is about profit share, not about healing.

        And microbes are not the enemy; that’s conceptual warfare of the middle ages.

        The point is that if these novel compounds had poisoned great-grandmother, you wouldn’t be here; foods, agricultural methods, production & storage methods shape the population, so maybe three or four generations on, the remaining population will be quite rapeseed tolerant, but it will have changed the character of that population.

        True, great-grandmother might have died of curable disease, but if she was of strong stock, the fittest survive.

      • Sorry, vanessaruns, bizarre glitch brought your details into my sign-on.
        That last post was from me, bill

    • I had the same objection to the lack of research evidence to back up the claims, but I didn’t understand your negative perspective right away. May I suggest less irony/sarcasm to propel your arguement? People tend to listen more readily to a thoughtful case, and you do have valid points!

    • Walter.

      Canola oil was developed from the rape seed, a member of the mustard family. Rape seed is unsuitable for human consumption because it contains a very long-chain fatty acid called erucic acid which can, in some instances, contribute to fibrotic heart lesions. Canola has been bred to eliminate most of the euric acid – but not all – and has been hailed by the medical community because of it’s high monounsaturated and reasonably high omega 3 content. However, during the refining/deodorizing process (canola is till an industrial seed oil and heavily processed), the omega-3 fatty acids of processed canola oil are pretty much rendered ineffective – polyunsaturated fats cannot withstand high heats. There is also growing concern that canola oil actually creates a vitamin E deficiency, which is essential for good cardiovascular health, and other studies indicate that that even low-erucic-acid canola oil can contribute to heart lesions, particularly when the diet is low in saturated fat.

      You can call it fear-mongering all you want, but whether canola is selectively bred or genetically modified, it is not fit for human consumption. Period.

    • You seem very skeptical. You have every right to be. But let’s face it… you are ignorant to this subject.
      Our body DOESN’T recognize Genetically Modified Products – OBVIOUSLY! Why would it? Our bodies are based on a very delicate balance. When you throw that balance off by putting something chemical in your body that wasn’t ever meant to be in there, you’re body has no idea what to do with it.
      Imagine being given some strange toy from 600 years away. You have NO IDEA what it is. So you spend time trying to figure it out. Our bodies are the same. If you knew how Biology worked, you might then be less ill-informed.

      Not to mention that the leader of the GMO movement now RUNS the FDA.
      Huh.

      • Insulin is a genetically modified product and is recognized by humans and is actually very beneficial to diabetic individuals. Also, GMO’s appear naturally as well, without human interference. Also, Golden Rice, is a genetically engineered type of rice that has saved thousands of lives for people in nations who do not have access to adequate amounts of food. As with anything, there are good and bad sides to everything. But try not to completely discard things without considering the other side. There are loads of positive outcomes from GMOs as well as negative.

      • Not true at all. GMOs aren’t even “chemicals”, they are organisms, ie- living things that whose genes were altered (do you know what “gmo” stands for?). Their genes are altered to be do something we want to affect, but they are still “genes” made up of the same molecules DNA is always made up of, so your body does indeed recognize it and can break it down. For instance, giving the gene to make Vitamin C to a vegetable that doesn’t make a lot of it, in order to help people in a certain region to get more Vitamin C. This writer is definitely ignorant to biology and biochemistry, but seems you are as well.

    • Hey Walter, you forgot to mention that most foods we eat these days are GM because they have been modified in some way. Whether this be by selective breeding (which is the case in most foods), or gene manipulation.

      Everyone seems to jump on the GM food is bad bandwagon. Just because something is GM doesn’t mean there has been any more interferance from humans than simply selective breeding.

      • Ally You have confused GMO’d with hybridized, very different, when they put peanut genes in a tomato as and example. that does not happen with hybridized which is natural selection,

      • Two simple characteristics account for all the GM crops in the world [2].

        More than 70% are tolerant to broad-spectrum herbicides, with companies engineering plants to be tolerant to their own brand of herbicide, while the rest are engineered with bt-toxins to kill insect pests.

        Plant DNA is not readily degraded during most commercial food processing and the human mouth contains bacteria capable of taking up and expressing naked DNA containing antibiotic resistance marker genes and similar transformable bacteria are also present in the respiratory tracts [23].

        CaMV is closely related to human hepatitis B virus, and also has a reverse transcriptase gene related to that in retroviruses such as the AIDS-associated HIV [25].

        Thus, the CaMV promoter not only enhances horizontal gene transfer, but has the potential to reactivate dormant viruses (which are in all genomes) and to generate new viruses by recombination.

        [The British Medical Association, in their interim report (published May, 1999), called for an indefinite moratorium on the releases of GMOs pending further research on new allergies, the spread of antibiotic resistance genes and the effects of transgenic DNA.

        Amy–Golden Rice ended with the waterways poisoned.The herbicides and pesticides that are required for GE foods–aren’t very selective.

    • Finally, someone making some sense! The toxicity bit was hilarious – or it would have been if the whole article wasn’t a bit sad. We are already saturated with fear in this world, with media messages telling us this and that. We do not need more unsubstantiated erroneous fear inducing articles out there. Venessa, maybe keep running and give the writing a miss.

    • OK smartypants, explain why Monsanto almost destroyed he world’s FOOD corn supply with “fuel corn” and didn’t know it till it was already too late?
      Explain the toxic effects of fuel corn if you will please.
      What about Monsanto’s destruction of India’s farming community, and the suicides it caused when it put them out of business and destroyed al the local seed stock!

      Explain OLEAN!

      Fear mongering, NOT ENOUGH OF IT!

      The body’s DNA manufactures certain proteins in every cell to deal with the naturally occuring substances.
      None of these GMO’s have the substances that fit with anyone’s DNA and that equals toxicity, not saving the human race through resistant food!
      Things like emphysema are a common problem with GMO’s, and why is just as I described, no proteins to process it or the fats, = liver fats, undigested fats and proteins gather in the liver and rot, create unremovable toxins, =emphysema, allergies and no way to get rid of them.
      ALL of the symptoms listed are RELATED to this one simple problem.
      Wake the hell up fanboy!

      GMO = well intentioned (presumably) HUMAN POISON!

      Don’t forget it. Monsanto and Dupont have proven that profit over truth in claims are their religion.

    • I’m a biochemist and honest to God, this article is so off the mark I wouldn’t even know where to begin correcting the misinformation in it. Mustard gas is purely synthetic – it doesn’t come from rapeseed oil. If you’re not going to eat rapeseed, you better stop eating broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and all the other plants of the mustard family that we routinely consume. By the way, ever heard of your liver? It’s there to detoxify plant matter; meat has no true toxins in it – it would only have toxins in it if there were a toxin-producing bacterium turning the meat bad. Many plants are loaded with toxins; that’s what your liver’s for. It’s fine if you don’t want to eat GMO foods, though their real problem is their environmental, not human health effects, or pass on canola oil, but please, don’t spread this kind of uninformed garbage from a single sketchy source. There are so many gullible people out there who have never even had a college-level organic chemistry class, let alone biochemistry, who eat this stuff up because they want to think all these things are “bad.” BTW, I’m a vegan who eats organic as much as possible, so I’m no industry apologist.

      • Excellent reply, Alisande.

        One more glaring error to point out: “They can also make pigs glow in the dark by injecting them with jellyfish” is nonsense. Those pigs don’t glow in the dark unless illuminated with the appropriate wavelength light, and they didn’t get that way by injecting them with jellyfish. They are transgenic pigs that carry a single gene that was originally isolated from jellyfish and cloned in bacteria.

    • I guess those big Corporations thought enough of this “Fear Mongering”, that they spent $55 million to stop us from getting food labels indicating the product was GMO. Some people need to be a little more afraid……

  5. Walter, may I humbly present this page, on which I’ve attempted to find references to as many articles (and where possible, the underlying scientific studies) about the perceived risks of GMOs. Even if we choose to be skeptical, there is an ever-growing amount of data showing a host of issues surrounding this technology. That said, I believe that even more testing needs to take place to see if some of the health trends that continue to escalate during the same time period as GMO foods have any relation, though I do present the trends in the spirit of awareness.

    http://gmo-awareness.com/all-about-gmos/gmo-risks/

    • Good job with this article. Don’t let people tell you that your research and findings are junk. Keep up the good work. At least your offering information to the public and its their job to discern and research it for themselves.

      Its like when my old pediatrician sweared up and down that artificial colors were not causing some of my sons asthma attacks. So I did a case study on him and what do you know, my suspicions turned up true. He reacts to most dyes but especially red. And years later the FDA and other medical professionals have seen the effects of artificial colors on peoples health.

      Loved this article!
      Blessings
      LCO

      • I am deathly allergic to Red #40. It literally almost killed me (I stopped breathing) before I found out. I was at the ER for yet another attack when a nurse asked me if I had eaten or drank anything red. She then explained that a doctor on staff had a son who was allergic to Red #40 and had the same reaction. It was like being struck by lightning! I could connect nearly every attack I had to consuming a product with dye in it. Even my very first attack at four years old…after eating popsicles.

        Ultimately, the reaction to Red #40 was not asthma, but anaphylactic shock! Ditching food coloring has brought my attacks to almost nothing, and I haven’t been to the ER for an attack since.

        Just because the FDA approves something as “safe” does not mean it can’t be bad for you. Aspirin is considered safe, yet it is a known fact that some people react to it. Don’t wait on the FDA to determine that for you. If you suspect you are having a reaction to something, eliminate it from your diet and see what happens. We have to listen to our own bodies.

  6. This article is utter rubbish. I would go so far as to say that it is unethical to publish such unsubstantiated, un-researched misinformation

      • It is completely unsubstantiated and there are at least a couple statements that misleading and easily shown to be incorrect, including:
        – the link between canola and mustard gas
        – suggesting that all canola is GM. Canola was developed by selective cross breeding, which has been done for millenia not by the recent technique of gene-splicing or otherwise monkeying with DNA. If all cross-breeding is GM then pretty much every single thing we eat or could eat is GM.
        I’m not a fan of GM and think there needs to be far more restriction, research and regulation but lets keep to actual science and facts please.

      • People like Fedoroff and Dunahay have come out to NZ and tried to blend GM with GE, or hybridisation (GM) with in vitro splicing of DNA gene fragments (GE) called synthetic gene cassettes. (GE cassettes are made up from a variety of sources from bacteria, viruses, animal, fish, human, fungi, plant genes spliced together to mimic a real gene cassette). This deliberate obfusurication goes right to the top so little wonder people are confused. In NZ legislation we have specifically diferentiated the two and we have laws around GE.

        The difficulty now is Canola has been engineered with a herbicide gene (RR) and is now predominately GE through hybridisation of pollen between the non-and GE plants.
        It is also a misnomer to say that there is no health effects, please could you refer me to all the research studies on GE in humans that have been conducted to show safety? There are no diagnostic tools to confirm whether allergies, headaches, kidney, liver immune problems have any relation to GE ingestion, also does everyone who has a food reaction know without labeling that it is not related to GE? So absence of evidence does not mean GE is safe.

      • As a physian, and yes I have taken organic chem and biochemistry, the website you are referring to above is frowned upon by the AMA and as well as many other medical and health organizations. They were found to have an agenda and only present one side of “their” beliefs. And tried to make it sound like valid research. So I along with my colleagues pay no mind to anything that comes from this site. Sorry if this offends you.

    • Its not published. Its a blog on the internet. Did you think you stumbled into the website of a peer reviewed published journal? You didn’t. Free speech is a right and is completely ethical. The beauty of free speech is that you can choose to ignore it and do your own research. Which I suggest you spend your time doing instead of insulting others.

      • Tee, would you suggest that factually incorrect items be simply left alone? Would you prefer blogs to be echo chambers in which no voice of dissent is ever heard? Whether you like it or not, the purpose of the Internet is not to boost the self-esteem of writers who know little about the topics on which they write. You seem to think that free speech means the right to be free from criticism, that somehow you can selectively apply it. The people making these complains are also exercising free speech in debunking crap that the gullible and unwary without critical skills might otherwise choose to treat seriously. There is an irony here that you are engaged in exactly what you take others to task for, except with far less substance.

        The problem for this author is that she made the mistake of making pronouncements on subjects of which she knew precious little. Her statements deserved to be debunked. If anything the crime of those responding to her is giving her and her readers too much consideration and taking the time to show why the conclusions were rubbish. I would actually hope that if I ever produced something of this caliber that others would take the time to debunk me so I could avoid making a fool of myself in the future.

      • “Free speech is a right and is completely ethical.” That is true as an abstract statement of principle, but laws recognize limits (which is why we have libel laws, for instance). So what are the ethics of publishing untruths (e.g., that mustard gas is made from rapeseed oil) that thirty seconds of searching on Google would disprove? Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts. At some point there is an ethical responsibility one has to oneself and to one’s audience to be certain that one speaks truth (lest one be considered a liar). The author is acting ethically in expressing her belief that GMOs or canola cause harm, but there is no ethical justification for getting the facts used as the basis for such a determination wrong. Would you argue that my free speech is ethical if I claim that eating lard cures heart disease on my blog (assuming I believe such) and then cite internet rumors and dubious studies to support that? If not, what is the difference here other than that you (presumably) agree with the author?

    • Balogna!
      You’re a shill for the industry, if it were rubbish you could have and probably would have had it removed.
      You are a shill for the 1% old garde big biz bunch.

    • Hmmm, Gurling, easy to say that, but as I have stated before, there are many countries that do Not allow GMOs, (including most of Europe) and that would be because they Have researched it.
      Monsanto, however, is very happy to have people like yourself discounting any danger, while they rake in the money.

  7. I would like to do a case study on Gurling and Walter to see what the state of their health is compared to mine and my child. (We are non-GMO eaters) in 20, 10 or even 5 years. There is a ton of information and studies showing GMO’s are dangerous and destructive. Entire countries have outlawed them.

      • Entire countries have outlawed women voting, working, or having any portion of their bodies visible in public. It is thus obvious that that very fact alone is reason enough for us to believe that it’s moral, correct or in any other way, right…right? It never ceases to amaze me, this lack of critical thinking/reasoning in the vast majority of this country….

  8. i love that you run barefoot…so do I. Thanks for the article on canola oil. I knew our Canadian government was up to no good (again.) Note that there are many comments from wikipedia about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canola
    it’s not too bad after all – and the US food and drug approved it…so I don’t feel totally to blame (as a Canadian)! :-)
    thanks,
    Anna

    • I used to run barefoot in my 20s. Now I have arthritis in my 50s. No more running. Period. I’m always in pain. Maybe it’s genetic–both of my parents had arthritis in their 30s, I lucked out–I didn’t have it till I was nearly 50. But it’s no fun, and it doesn’t get better, just worse. Be kind to your feet.

    • The FDA was paid Millions to put canola on the “Not Known to be hazardous list”.

      The FDA was long ago purchased and controlled by Monsanto and Big Corporations like Kelloggs.

      Look at the same Kellogg products in the Uk. you will see the difference in ingredients. because the UK is actually less corrupt than the USA when it comes to our food and what is allowed.

    • Come on Sparky, do you really expect her to come up with something like that? You should ask her what her definition of genetically modified includes cross-pollenization to create hybirds.

  9. This article is full of lies, false assumptions and not a shred of good science. It’s fear-mongering based on hysterical belief in myths and superstition. Do the research yourselves readers, instead of relying on this ridiculous poor article.

  10. Monsanto needs to be put out of business.We can grow natural foods with out biotech for agriculture, just means we produce less. We are a non-GMO house. I suggest you all boycott GMO foods, ask for healthy choices.

    • Great idea Angie….labeling should be required on all foods….problem is, most people would avoid GMOs if they could, so the food industry is fighting this tooth and nail.

  11. woah… you know what i just learned…. sodium and chloride can both kill you but some by some black magic they are combined into table salt!!! oh my dear god we are eating deadly chemicals when we eat table salt!!! ahhhhhhhhh!!!!
    SCIENCE IS SCAAWWWWYYY

    • dasdw weweqww – You’re sounding like a jerk – is that what you were trying to do? If you can’t treat your health seriously, let others who do treat their health seriously alone.

      BTW, water can also kill you. Maybe you should avoid water.

    • Was that supposed to be funny?
      Table salt, which is sodium chloride, yes, CAN kill you. By means of clotting arteries and causing build-up.
      Nothing funny about it.

      Maybe you should switch to sea salt, so you avoid the mixture with chloride.

      Food for thought.

      • Uhh, sea salt has chloride in it. Switching to is doesn’t get you away from chlorides at all. Sea salt is mostly sodium chloride with a specific chloride ion component of ~55%. If you’re using sea salt to avoid chlorides, I’m afraid you’re grossly mistaken. While too much sodium-chloride may cause long-term harm, too little is a quick road to death.

      • Tiffany, perhaps you meant to say that sea salt doesn’t contain Iodine as would be found in iodized table salt?? And if I’m not mistaken it does not harm people by “clotting arteries and causing build-up”. Please stop passing on mis-information.

        From the Mayo clinic:

        “But if for some reason your kidneys can’t eliminate enough sodium, the sodium starts to accumulate in your blood. Because sodium attracts and holds water, your blood volume increases. Increased blood volume makes your heart work harder to move more blood through your blood vessels, which increases pressure in your arteries. Such diseases as congestive heart failure, cirrhosis and chronic kidney disease can make it hard for your kidneys to keep sodium levels balanced. “

      • “sodium chloride, yes, CAN kill you. By means of clotting arteries and causing build-up.”

        Uh, no. I think you’re confusing salt with serum cholesterol. In some people, too much salt causes high blood pressure, but not by “clotting arteries,” whatever that’s supposed to mean.

      • “Maybe you should switch to sea salt, so you avoid the mixture with chloride.”
        “Get rid of table salt and switch to pink or Himalayan salt.”

        Sea salt, Pink and/or Himalayan salt are all still NaCl just like table salt. The colors come from additional minerals that are in the salts.

        From Wikipedia: “Iodised salt is table salt mixed with a minute amount of various iodine-containing salts. The ingestion of iodide prevents iodine deficiency. Worldwide, iodine deficiency affects about two billion people and is the leading preventable cause of mental retardation. It also causes thyroid gland problems, including endemic goitre. In many countries, iodine deficiency is a major public health problem that can be cheaply addressed by iodisation of salt.”

  12. I just bought a bottle of Hain Canola Oil. It says on the bottle that it’s not genetically modified. Is Hain not a trustworthy brand?

      • I think thats what he just did…..
        Seems like you all just don’t like the fact that it maybe It didn’t say what all of you wanted it to say?”oh the goverment is at it again” Get over yourselves and your self rightous attitudes. I read an article like this and laugh over the comments.
        There are really people, (and sad to say its the majority of them) that jump 2 feet first into this propaganda. Has none of you noticed a trend of everyday something is bad for you and going to kill you? what a sad way to live, by only going by what some per word, google researching intern had to say on the subject, and defending it to the end as tho you have some acutal knowledge on the subject.
        Just try something new and think for yourselves once in a while you cattle.

      • Sorry, but snopes is right here. It is easy to find the process for making mustard gas (combining 2-chloroethanol with aqueous potassium sulfide and treating the resulting thiodiglycol with phosphorus trichloride). Note that none of those chemical terms involve rapeseed oil. The two are completely unconnected except in internet rumors.

    • Organic foods are generally defined as foods that do not involve modern synthetic farming techniques such as using synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain ‘genetically modified organisms,’ and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.

      ‘Canola’ and ‘organic’ seem like incompatible terms. I’d check with the manufacturer for clarity. The confusion could be marketing mis-speak.

      • BTW, any product labeled as organic must be USDA certified. Only producers who sell less than $5,000 a year in organic foods are exempt from this certification; however, they’re still required to follow the USDA’s standards for organic foods.

      • Actually, you can have organic canola. They produce canola through natural cross-breeding (or, as natural as that can be) just meaning without using anything synthetic.

        So it could be alright.

      • Most canola is from GMO rapeseed (added drought-resistant properties), but GMO canola and organic canola are not chemically distinguishable since they are the processed outputs from the plants. If you want to buy organic canola it will be indistinguishable from non-organic in the laboratory. However, if it is important to you, you can get non-GMO canola that is impeller pressed and it will easily meet even the most strict definitions of organic.

      • We used to produce canola. Canola is attacked by a great number of insect pests. Canada allows the pesticide spraying of over 13 pesticides to control them. The US only allows 8 of these pesticides. Either way growing canola is expensive, so we stopped. But after knowing what chemicals the oil contracts want you to use, I will never use the oil again. So if GM’s don’t bother you, the chemical residues that are in all this blended oil should.

    • You are wrong Norman. Gmos are very unhealthy, and if people realized the danger they would be very afraid. It is not just the product that is bad, it also destroys the ground for other crops, creates huge Round up resistant weeds, and is a total failure (for all except Monsanto, and their cohorts). Nothing here has been “debunked”, whether or not you found a pro Monsanto site saying so…they have multi millions of dollars to protect their empire, in any way they can dream up. Yes, scientists are willing to say something is ok, for the $ they can make…not all are ethical.
      I suppose you think all of Europe is ignorant, and fear mongering, because they have banned GMOs?

  13. I use olive oil and grapeseed oil, but this article sounds a bit alarmist to me. And FYI, the grapeseed oil is good for medium heat cooking, it has a higher flash point. Peanut oil is good for high heat cooking also, used in stir fry alot. I don’t use it often. Not positive, but I think the pigs or monkeys with the jellyfish genes only glow under a special light.

  14. “It is now believed that rapeseed has a cumulative effect, taking almost 10 years before symptoms begin to manifest. One possible effect of long-term use is the destruction of the protective coating surrounding nerves called the myelin sheath. This is like having raw, open wires in the body. Some symptoms include:

    tremors and shaking
    uncoordination when walking or writing
    slurred speech
    deterioration of memory and thinking processes
    fuzzy or low audio levels
    difficulty urinating/incontinence
    breathing problems/short of breath
    nervous breakdown
    numbness and tingling in extremities
    heart problems/arrhythmia”

    [citation needed]

  15. Seriously? You clearly have no clue what you are talking about. You are spreading false information here. The toxic part of rapeseed oil is the presence of eurcic acid-very toxic compound. Canola was bred (the same way dogs are) to have a lower eurcic acid content (less than 2%). The GMO technology you refer to with the injection of jellyfish genes etc. wasn’t even developed at the time that the canola plant was first cultivated. The chemicals are IDENTICAL so there is no “special” allergic reaction. You contradict yourself: if GMOs aren’t recognised by the immune system how can they possibly cause an immune response such as an allergic reaction. Canola is 100% safe to consume. The strict regulations imposed by the Canadian Government, the FDA, and the World Health Organisations would preclude its sale if after 40 years the data showed otherwise. Please do not continue to spout this misinformation.

    I would be happy to give you the ACTUAL scientific data and explain what it means.

    • It’s funny that you are putting your trust in the FDA.

      Did you know that here in Canada BPA is labelled a Hazerdous Material? Do you know what they call in it the states, who are ‘protected’ by the FDA? They call it “the stuff they put in our plastics, including baby bottles”

      The FDA ALLOWS an artificial sex hormone into 93% of plastics in the US.

      And these are the people you trust…
      hmm.

      • BPA is not an artificial sex hormone. BPA is a plastisizer and present in many polycarbonates. Unlike other plasticizers, it is directly bonded to the polymer rather than just mixed in. Because of its chemical structure it can mimic a thyroid hormone. It is extremely different from a sex hormone. The “hazardous” label is placed on any material where its specific toxicity is not know. The amount of leached BPA that has been detected in current studies is in the parts per billion range which is pushing the limits of detection in most methods of analysis. It is definitely well below the LD50.

        The FDA (surprisingly) actually has some of the most strict guidelines on regulations. My hypothesis is that it comes out right-wing fear mongering surrounding science, but that is just conjecture. The good manufacturing practice that pharmaceutical companies use is based on the guidelines for the FDA. Also, the FDA was the reason that thalidomide was never sold in the United States. It was also the first regulating agency on the production of drugs that would be sold to consumers. I would not be so quick to knock it down, though I can understand the surprise at the fact that it is the American agency that is so strict. Actually, the USA has more bans in place against brominated flame retardants than Canada does. Unfortunately, those regulations are state directed not federal directed.

        You will also notice that I cited the Canadian government and the World Health Organisation for other agencies that are also involved in the regulation of materials sold for human consumption. Every country has its own versions of these agencies. If you wish to sell a product for human consumption in that particular country, it must meet those standards.

    • Nah, Mr. Brown, you are the ignorant one here. The FDA, and WHO are corrupt to the core….can’t be bothered trying to educate you on this. Go ahead and follow this BS They spout…..and see where your health is in a few years.

  16. Hey all! Thanks for the comments!

    So – I posted this shortly after starting the blog over a year ago.. it’s straight out of the notes of my Ecology class at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.

    I’ve since moved to San Diego and my notes are in Canada, so unfortunately don’t have access to the sources the instructor used.. plus it’s been a while. I didn’t think to put references at the time since I had approximately two readers, and one of them was my mom :) ..

    THAT said, obviously this is not a scientific source (it’s a blog…) and you should ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS do your own research when it comes to what you eat/don’t eat (duh).

    I still don’t eat canola, but you should do what you think is healthy for your own body. Thanks for reading!

    • It is quite disappointing that you have not done one iota of research since your post and realized that you previously spread fear based on innuendo. The responsible thing to do would be to acknowledge your previous mistake and say so, publicly. This reminds me of the hysteria around vaccines that led thousands of people to prevent their babies from receiving basic childhood vaccines and some of those children have died. Consider that before spreading rumors. Please.

  17. Everything in moderation…..is my philosophy. I hate GMO’s and try not to buy them but sometimes I am forced to. Monsanto is evil to the core, Tom Vilsack needs to be kicked out of the USDA. AS far as canola oil, I have been using it for more than 10 years because of what I had heard about it. I am also listening to the people here who are disagreeing with this article.

    Bottom line: everything in moderation, get rid of GMO’s all together and if you don’t trust a product or food then stay away from it. I have never used coconut oil and will be looking for it next time I go shopping. I have never seen coconut oil in the store.

  18. What, This guy is actully saying something that I don’t want to hear??? He must be a fear mongering fool. If our government says its safe then it is. I’m going to continue to drink canola oil by the gallon.

  19. Please do not disseminate false information.

    Mustard gas has NOTHING to with mustard or mustard related plants. Mustard gas was named for the colour and the smell of the gas which was “mustard-like”.
    Mustard gas is a PURELY chemical mx between chloroethanol, potassium sulphide, and chlorinated with phosphorus trichloride. There are several other despicable recipes. NONE include canola.
    I avoid GMO’s at all costs. But I read truthful and scientific articles on which I base my decisions.

    • I would also like to add to your point that those chemicals that make up mustard gas are not remotely similar to the chemicals that make up canola oil.

  20. The list of problems with GMO are extensive. If someone wants to look into the matter they will find a horror show. We have yet to see the true extent of the damage coming our way.

    This pathogen appears to be link to widespread spontaneous abortions among cattle. As Huber explains, “450 of 1,000 pregnant heifers …experienced spontaneous abortions.”

    That’s a spontaneous abortion rate of 45 percent!

    http://www.naturalnews.com/031473_GMOs_pathogens.html

    Implicated in Animal Reproductive Failure
    Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of this organism in a wide variety of livestock that have experienced spontaneous abortions and infertility. Preliminary results from ongoing research have also been able to reproduce abortions in a clinical setting.

    http://www.i-sis.org.uk/newPathogenInRoundupReadyGMCrops.php

    Many offspring of female rats fed GM soy were considerably smaller, and more than half died within three weeks (compared to 10% of the non-GM soy controls) (FOR High res of photo, download from http://www.seedsofdeception.com/utility/showArticle/?objectID=293 )

    http://pyrodin.wordpress.com/tag/gmo-testicals/

  21. I’m with you, Walter M. I can’t believe so many people buy into the most ridiculous claims. My husband is a nuclear physicist (seriously), but he’s the one who’s the idiot–right? He’s the one who never has any idea what he’s talking about.

    Thank God we have a growing number of angst-peddling, scientifically-illiterate alarmists to set us straight about all the things that are either terribly hazardous to our health or literally going to kill us (such as aspartame, cell phones and microwaves). Have you seen that commercial on TV lately, from the American Lung Association, telling us that the EPA needs to regulate the energy industry even more than it already does? First, we hear the crying baby, in the stroller, coughing a horrible-sounding cough. Then we see a couple shots of steam billowing from a nuclear power plant.

    Did you know that water vapor is torturing our children, i.e., making them severely–if not DEATHLY–ill? Neither did I. But it MUST be true because all those busybody, fool-hardy fanatics are saying (or simply insinuating) that it is. Sad. But what can we do?

    • Aunt Candie, so you have an educated husband..so what? Is he smarter than all of Europe, who have banned GMOs? Aspartame will be taken off the market…but not before it has injured many more people. It was not allowed when it first appeared on the scene…but, you guessed it, after a strong lobby, it was then decreed to be all good.

  22. I am from Germany and I remember well how there was a mass die-off of deer that are GMO rape plants so I know that the stuff is bad . I won’t touch it and as I cook most of my food from scratch , I also know what is in it !

    • Good demonstration Sabine, ….unfortunately, it appears that no amount of proof will deter the ones who wish to Trust the FDA, Monsanto, etc.

  23. Canola has been produced for years under the name rapeseed but that name was not politically correct, so we call it canola. It IS an oilseed. Duh!!! It grows in farm fields all over the prairies in Canada. Many organic farmers grow it. Your fearmongering hurts small farmers working to produce food.

  24. I cannot believe how our food supply has been destroyed and is making so many so sick. Our so called govt officials are corrupt. WHOLE FOODS prepared foods all have CANOLA OIL in them. The prepared foods from their own kitchens. Unbelievable. The Billions of dollars WHOLE FOODS makes off health conscious consumers is a travesty and what makes it worse is THEY KNOW HOW DANGEROUS CANOLA OIL IS, yet they continue focused it

    • If they knew any such thing, perhaps your ire would be justified. Yet there is no evidence for this, despite what this blog posting (which gets basic matters of fact wrong) says. From your post, it is apparent your mind is made up and immutable, but your notion that Whole Foods is somehow in a conspiracy to poison us all in order to save a bit of money is ludicrous. If they hid their use of canola, maybe I could believe you, but they don’t hide it and they are relying on science from people who know what they are talking about, not some blog on the Internet.

    • Wikipedia…”A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes.”

      Canola is “Grown.” Canola has been altered using selective breeding, not genetic engineering. People have been doing it for thousands of years. How many people reading this own a dog? Guess what, he was selectively bred to perform a specific job. Does that mean your dog is bad or wrong or to be avoided?

      It is important to be informed about health issues like these, and I agree that the FDA is not forthcoming with all the information that is necessary for the public to make the healthiest choices. But making blind assumptions about things that maybe only require a little more research can be just as costly as consuming your “GMO” canola oil.

      • andi, aka fenevadka, aka aunt candie, and aka several other ‘pen names’ in this post, is the same person. obviously! check the date and times of the post and the writing style. you even respond to your own posts using another pen name. this person is an ‘educated’ gmo-geo ‘canola-rapeseed-mustard-gas-industry-hired-shill-spinner’!!!.
        1) tomatoes-with-flounder-genes is not something “people have been doing…for thousands of years.” in ‘logic’ you be making what is called a ‘false analogy’. 2) have had several canine friends, i never ate them. in ‘logic’ you be making what is called a ‘false analogy’. your behavior is invasive and noxious. “the only invasive and noxious species on the planet is the human mind which has not surrendered to the heart”-pvq
        you have “a mind with no feeling and a heart with no understanding”.-sts but there is hope. “every saint has a past. and every sinner a future.” as my mom always said “honey, i know you can do better than that.” stop working for the 1%.” i may be right or i may be wrong. either way i accept the consequences. much love and many blessing to you my friend. and to ‘one-n-all’. merry christ-mas.

      • I am none of those other people. I guess it’s inconceivable to you that multiple people might agree with each other and disagree with you. This blog posting got a wave of linkings on Facebook by credulous people. I assume the others who found their way here the same way.

        Rusel, if you want to take other people’s arguments to task, you need to understand them first. (And no, I have zero connection to the canola industry, just an interest in science and fact instead of rumor and unsubstantiated speculation.)

        (1) *Nobody* here that I have read has argued that putting flounder genes into tomatoes has been done for thousands of years. It is you have have invented a canard here. What I, and others, have done is pointed out that canola is not GMO, but was bred with conventional techniques, just like countless other things. I, and others (who are *not* me except in your conspiratorial mind) have freely admitted that there are GMO *varieties* of canola. This was in response to the blog posting’s claim that canola is a GMO, at best a half-truth.

        (2) I have no idea what your argument is about dogs or how the previous poster’s argument about dogs is “invasive and obnoxious”. (On the other hand, I don’t understand “andi’s” argument either.

        (3) At the point you start with the batch of disjointed quotes you really lose me. No clue what you are trying to argue.

        Should I conclude that you and everyone else who agrees here and started posting yesterday is a shill for “Big Organic’ by your same reasoning?

  25. Too many errors in this post. Canola predates GMO’s by at least 2 decades. i know i was using it in the mid 1980’s and GMO canola was not grown commercially until 1991 at the earliest.

    You mention the top 3 GMO’s (Canola, soy and corn) and than go on to say that Potatoes, Tomatoes, Sweet peppers, peanuts and sunflowers, none of which have a GMO counterpart commercially available. And you do not mention commercially available crops like cotton (cotton seed meal and oil) papaya, barley, rice, alfalfa and sugar beets. And coming soon GMO Wheat.

    Erroneous information such as this can and probably will be used by the pro GMO people against us who have been working to ban GMO’s for decades.

    An excellent resource is http://www.gmo-compass.org

  26. I worked for Greenpeace as a younger man and am a committed environmentalist but I am also a molecular biologist and despair at some of the misleading statements in this article. I don’t use much Canola oil for cooking because like many oils it generates carcinogens when heated over about 300 degrees C. Grapeseed oil is better in this regard.That is also true of “natural oils and fats” most proteins and carbohydrates. But two things need emphasis here, the amount consumed is very important and secondly a balanced diet contains numerous anticarcinogens that help reduce health risks from baked broiled and BBQed foods. This is an important subject and one that needs careful thought and analysis. To say simplistically that all GMOs are all bad betrays a very low level of both.

    • So, the solution for people who aren’t rich enough to shop at Whole Foods is what?? I’m SURE coconut oil isn’t $3 a bottle. The average working man is just trying to feed his family and that’s hard enough. But, now he has to spend MORE money to avoid the ‘bad stuff’…because that’s the ONLY solution you’ve presented here.

      “We have healthier coconut oil honey, but it cost so much more than canola that I couldn’t afford the chicken.”

      What then? Smh…what an elitist article. The only health junkies and vegans you see are the ones rich enough to pay for the expensive alternatives…meanwhile the average joe just hears about what he can’t afford to avoid for his family. Smh

      • EMD–do not lose heart; I am not rich, and I certainly am no elitist. I do, however, grow my own food and have avoided Canola oil for decades–there is something wrong with Canola oil; it makes me sick. You can eat well without breaking the bank. How about foregoing the chicken in favor of some quinoa and kale? Some things are worth avoiding, and if I had small children to feed, I would definitely avoid as much GM food as possible.

        There have been arguments posted on this blog that not all GMOs are bad, but the ones we are focused on are definitely bad for your family. Yes, some genetic plant manipulation is beneficial, but that is cisgencis, which uses whole cells from the same plant or a very closely related species to enhance the plant’s performance, such as could and does occur in nature. However, the GMOs of Monsanto, et al., utilize transgenic manipulation, which takes genetic splices from one species and transfers that material into an unrelated species, such as spicing scorpion poison into cabbage cells, to create an entirely new species which could not occur in nature.

        I am still waiting to see what species was used to create GMO canola oil?

        Anyone know?

  27. Seriously!??! Please have valid references before you make facts up to support your OPINION that is definitely not based in scientific fact. Using the phrase “It is now beleived…” without specifying who believes this [nonsense] is irresponsible journalism with an agenda. This article is blatantly NOT TRUE!!!

  28. You know, this is a blog. This writer is just offering her opinions. And whether you agree or disagree with her, I’m horrified by people’s language and the sheer ugliness of many of the replies.
    Nevertheless, there’s a book that would do everyone a lot of good, and that is “Trust Us, We’re Experts.” It will certainly give you a more balanced view about scientific studies and expert opinion. I read this book about five years ago and I only wish I had read it sooner. It gave me a very different perspective on what often passes for scientific debate. I took enough math, statistics and science courses to be aware of how things can be skewed to prove whatever you want. And of course the entire issue of what actually constitutes scientific “proof” is a philosophical problem in and of itself. In the end, each person has to examine all the evidence on both sides and make choices. I personally err on the side of caution when it comes to health because there is so much sheer fraud in both the corporate and scientific communities. I believe fear-mongering is unnecessary because the unvarnished truth is horrifying enough.

  29. I don’t know if genetically modified applies to the grape but I recommend grape seed oil because it is light, relatively odorous, and produces little smoke when cooking.

  30. Comments from a Ph.D, DABT, research toxicologist, director of a large toxicology lab at a major university in the US, who just happens to do quite a bit of research on damage to the myelin sheath from drugs, foods and ecological factors: “Without the proper citations, noting the scientific research to support your theories,they are nothing more than pure personal speculation without any basis.”

  31. Provide references to your readers; otherwise, it just does not have any relevance, they are just your guesses. You’re talking about a scientific subject, researchers dedicated their lives to develop this technology and other are doing the same to proof it is bad for humans… And you are just ignoring them all.

  32. I have read this particle in the past and I am totally against GMO’s Now, I am not necessarily a naturalist, I am a conservative in politics, and I have and do own companies. My feeling is there is a lot of “Objection” to an article that you could simply put down if you don’t want to read it or disagree with it. The high objections to GMO’s smack of politics. I feel very sure that GMO’s are dangerous. I do NOT believe what we as a nation and world are being told, because I have a 17 year old son that has a life threatening health concern due to inappropriate vaccine, HepB when he was first born. He has since ( since birth) developed a severe allergic reaction to EVERYTHING. This was not genetic. It has been proven to be due to this inoculation. So when “our” govt, or “our” scientists say it’s safe, I hope you each realize that we live in a world driven by economics, and politicians and scientists and govt officials are bought and paid for every day.

    To berate this blogger who feels she was helping you, is shameful. If you don’t agree why can’t we just do what our mothers told us years ago..”if you don;t have something nice to say, don;t say it at all”

    If splicing plants years ago was how we crossed breeds of plants…why can’t we still do it? Because we are splicing plants with animal and insect DNA. THAT process is not being time tested and the FDA, like every other govt agency is being paid off by huge seed companies. Check out Monsanto. It’s horrific how we and our American farmers are being held hostage by this company and other huge GMO developers. We are being used as human guinea pigs. My son was used and now YOU are being used and if you don’t think there are severe health effects, I can sell you a bridge as well.

    • Well said, Kelly. I don’t think any of this is “fear mongering” – it’s merely trying to educate people led to believe that the FDA protects consumers. I moved abroad three years ago and discovered that Americans are the only people in the world okay with GMOs because they are largely kept in the dark about them. The rest of the world requires clear labeling or doesn’t allow them at all. I felt a little defensive about this at first, since I grew up in the USA and thought we created “better life through chemistry”! After reading “Fast Food Nation” and “Skinny Bitch”, I don’t trust anything the FDA allows on supermarket shelves or in school lunches because its motive is not the health of American citizens. Corporations run America and I wouldn’t doubt if half of the comments on this blog were posted by lobbyists, who will probably now call me a conspiracy theorist!

  33. Fantastic summary on this thing… One of my clients just came in the other day and asked why canola oil is bad for you (her husband uses it per recommendation of his heart specialist). I have her using coconut oil for her cooking purposes, and she wanted to give her husband a reason to switch with her. She’s doing PHENOMENAL by the way. And thanks to you, I’m going to send her over this post for her husband. All the best!

    • Snopes sets the record straight. If in doubt, go with science rather than wild and sensational speculation and imagination. This post is unsubstantiated rumor-mongering, period. Simply taking things out of context and then jumping to unsubstantiated conclusions does not a science make.

      I try to make healthier choices, but there’s a whole industry dedicated to peddling “natural” remedies and ridiculous claims like what we see here. It’s founded on a lack of hard research, speculation, fear, doubt and a credulous public that would prefer sensationalist rumors to science. Science is hard and takes work – speculation is easy and doesn’t require review or consensus.

      • Marty, unfortunately, much of the “research” done these days is bought and paid for by whoever has the money. (big Pharma, Monsanto). Therefore, of what use is it….blatant conflict of interest abounds in these areas. Also, Snopes is not some God of correctness, and has reported erroneous things,on many occasions.

    • It’s not hard to tell what to believe at all. Just check to see which has actual references and provides facts. You can easily find out about mustard gas from reliable sources that show it has nothing to do with rapeseed oil. So what is so hard about that? It’s only hard if you can’t be bothered to engage critically with what you read.

  34. I think part of the confusion lies in the difference between products from organic sources, and products from non organically grown sources. I purchase certified organic canola oil. For a food product to be certified organic in the US it cannot contain genetically modified ingredients. My understanding is that Canola is another name for rapeseed, because the name RAPEseed isn’t great marketing. I completely agree with the author about how hard on your body genetically modified foods are, but I think claiming all canola oil is bad for you is a bit like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

  35. Actually canola is not genetically modified rapeseed oil. Canola is just a renaming of rapeseed oil, as people found an oil w/ “rape” in its name distressing.

    And it comes from the mustard family, so it is a food, just as mustard is. Many perfectly edible foods are also used for commercial processes.

  36. There will always be a counter point to every argument. I happen to agree with Vanessa, everyone who disagrees has a different view. Canola oil DID NOT EXIST prior to the 70’s. It is not natural, and is highly processed, and will kill you eventually as will all processed, packaged, gmo foods.

    Foods high in Omega 6 fatty acids ARE INFLAMMATORY to the human body!! Inflammation is what causes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and hosts of other diseases!!

    What matters most is taking simple steps in pursuing a low omega 6 diet, is the overall percentage of calories as omega 6 in the foods you are eating in greatest abundance. The most relevant and substantial contributors are fats, meats, nuts, and starches. I’ve left vegetables and fruits off the list because neither contributes a significant amount to the total omega 6 we ingest.

    Live a Paleo lifestyle and you will eliminate many problems and live a long time.

    Omega 666 – the most Evil omega 6 powerhouses (over 50%)
    Grapeseed oil 70.6%!!!
    Corn Oil 54.5%
    Walnuts 52.5% (oil is 53.9%)
    Cottonseed oil 52.4%
    Soybean oil 51.4%

    Very High Omega 6 sources (15-50%)
    Sesame oil 42.0%
    Pepitas 34.5%
    Margarine 27.9%
    Pecans 26.9%
    Peanut Butter 22.5%
    Pistachios 21.3%
    Chicken Fat 19.5%
    Almonds 19.1%
    Canola oil 19.0%

    Moderate Omega 6 Sources (6-15%)
    Flaxseed oil 12.9%
    Cashews 12.6%
    Duck Fat 12.2%
    Bacon Grease 10.2%
    Lard 10.2%
    Olive oil 9.9%
    Goose Fat 9.8%
    Avocado 9.4%
    Chicken with skin 9.0%
    Olives 7.4%
    Bacon 7.0%
    Eggs 6.8%
    Pork chops 6.2%

    Low Omega 6 Sources (2-5%)
    Chicken Liver 3.7%
    Sunflower Oil 3.7% (High oleic variety – others are very high in omega 6)
    Butter 3.4%
    Beef Tallow 3.1%
    Cocoa Butter 2.8%
    Macadamia Nut oil ~2.5%
    Cream 2.2%
    Beef liver 2.1%
    Grassfed Beef 2.0%

    Extremely low Omega 6 Sources (Less than 2%)
    Coconut oil 1.9%
    Prime rib 1.8%
    Whole milk 1.8%
    Ground Beef 1.6%
    Macadamia Nuts 1.6%
    Chicken without skin 1.4%
    Lamb 1.4%
    Cheese/Brie 1.3%
    Coconut Milk 1.1%
    Foie gras 1.1%
    Palm Kernel Oil 0.8%
    Sockeye Salmon 0.5%
    Yams 0.4%
    Potatoes 0.3%
    Halibut 0.2%
    Shrimp 0.2%
    Clams 0.2%
    Canned tuna 0.1%
    Blue crab 0.1%
    Lobster 0.1%

    • Please stop showing the dead corpses of Animals down peoples throats !!!!

      it will cause them heart diesease, rheumatism, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes and asthmas, arthritis, high blood pressures and can also cause obesity, it will only take longer with paleo as u mooving around a lot and eat other healthy stuff as well. Try for once to be ethically correct!!!

      Here is some back up to what i said with credentials and references:
      http://www.provegan.info/eng/vegan/the-healthiest-diet/ ; make sure to read all the pages of the article by pushing next once getting to bottom, references etc. are on the right side where it says about the author etc. who is a MD and Naturopath and Homeopath and A Vegan Hotel Owner, and also at the end of the broschure or the article he lists all crossreferences etc.

    • Robin, did you happen to notice the posting date on the article you linked? It’s from 1999. If the time lines that are being mentioned in these posts are correct, that would predate Monsanto flooding the market with their genetically modified Round-Up ready version of rapeseed. Even the snopes article hasn’t been modified since 2005, making it much less relevant in this debate.

      I think one point that is being missed here is that Canola/rapeseed used to be simply a modified plant that had been developed through “old fashioned” processes (crossbreeding) to make it “fit for human consumption” (whatever that means) whereas now, much of the rapeseed that is being grown is Monsanto’s genetically modified version. That’s a distinction that must be considered when looking at either side of this argument. I don’t know exactly how much of the rapeseed market Monsanto holds but I do know about their methodology and it’s scary. For a real eye opener everyone should check out the movie Food Inc. I large portion of this documentary is dedicated to how Monsanto has used their wealth, power and strong arm tactics to prevent farmers from using anything but their GMO seed to grow crops.

      http://www.foodincmovie.com/

      I don’t know if this will work but I’ve attempted to imbed the trailer:

      Here’s a posting I stumbled across by a farmer experiencing Monsanto’s methodology:

      http://www.mombu.com/medicine/heart/t-boycott-canola-oil-monsantos-thugs-vs-one-saskatchewan-farmer-1904664.html

      I have no idea whether GMO’s are actually harmful or not, but we certainly need to make sure that we continue to have a choice about whether or not we consume them.

  37. “Rapeseed oil is the source behind mustard gas”

    Really, REALLY? This only one example of factual incorrect information in this article (just look up mustard gas online or in any book about the history and weapons of WWI). It just discredits the whole thing. Just do your research before posting incorrect information, doesn’t matter if it’s a blog.

  38. So many false statements here in the blog.

    Unless you grow anything yourself the probability of the food coming from a modified stock is over 80% true. They are tweaking the genes to stop insects or to allow defoliants use nearby. Farming is now BIG BIZ and you don’t have a clue to how far this is going.

    I guess that the next generation’s decisions they will have to make could be a menu for the traits of the children the couple will produce. How is that for scary?

  39. Vanessa,

    Until you actually start applying even the most cursory level of due diligence you should stop giving advice and writing on this subject.

    You’ve just helped share plain old hysterical misinformation and drive people away from what is in fact a very healthy oil. The lack of research you put into this article, and the amount of misinformation contained in it draws doubt on anything else you might publish here.

    Spend more time researching and less time writing.

  40. I have periodical neuropathy and I try to stay away from canola oils. But it’s in everything. Anybody know of a counter active herb or pull that can help reverse the effects of myelin deterioration? Hoping,
    Cyndi

    • Lol darn reformatting. I meant peripheral neuropathy. Lol
      I am also bothered by a few periodicals too. Lol

  41. Fear-mongering, garbage information, unadulterated bull-xxxx, writings without any scientific basis or confirmation and deliberately misleading to the reader because they attempt to be scientific and factual without any science. Compare it, if you wish, to those who avidly/blindly still support the Flat Earth Society

  42. The “genetically modified” here is incorrect. The flower source was created not in some genetic laboratory, but in farm fields using the age-old practice of cross-breeding. We have been cross-breeding our vegetables for centuries.

    Others have linked, but in case you missed their comments:

    http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/canola.asp

    Please do do some solid research before spewing fear, uncertainty, and doubt upon the masses.

  43. The GMO controversy is real, massive acreage of Monsanto Genetically Modified Canola seed have been planted for about 10 years. There was a Canadian farmer Percy Smiser whose “unmodified” crop was polluted with the pollen from a nearby GMO basedfarm. Monsanto came to his farm, confiscated his crop, and a claimed he had stolen the seed. He was ruined as a farmer, but went on the campaign for more realistic prosecution of GMO trespass.

  44. Look up actual scientific references for this topic. As in peer reviewed articles. This woman is very misguided and wrong about many things. You can have your views about GMOs but she is scaring people based on misconceptions and untrue statements. Please do your research and dont listen to these crazy people.

    • Actually she is correct, but I also do not have back up, but I am sure if you look up Monesnto, you will find they are in litigation over thier seed, and they have bankrupted many small farmers ” sueing them for having stolen the seed”, even though the farmer should have sued them, as it was thier crops that pollinated thier natural food, And yes Europe has been keeping these foods from entering thier boarders, but along with Monsento’s persistance and money they are starting to win that war too.

      Genetically modified foods are not the same as crosspollination, genetically modified food. GMO is food where the plant has been modified to create MORE of its OWN NATURAL POISON( plants produce to protect themselves from disease and insects), this level of poison is now detrimental to your digestive system, as it kills the good bacteria that you need in order for your digestive system to work properly, (but wait we can take probiotics to replace this bactieria).

      So I guess the question is do you want your body to do its job or take supplements. And my next question would be what is the long term effect, And if enough foods are consumed what levels are these poisons now in your body.

      Probiotic yogert anyone.

  45. Buy Organic! By definition, Organic products cannot be genetically modified. As long as the food you’re buying is made up of one ingredient, if it’s organic you can be sure it has not been genetically modified.

    Organic processed food–food that is made up of more than one ingredient–that’s a different matter. By definition it must contain 95 percent or more organic ingredients. But I don’t know whether the 5 percent that may be non-organic can include GMO’s.

  46. ignant article. the majority of your claims are just blatantly wrong. where are you getting this information from? citations?? injecting jellyfish?? ummmm, i’m pretty sure they don’t inject jellyfish into other animals…WTF? perhaps something called GFP? do your research before stepping onto your soapbox.

  47. Well in looking at the “Debunking” much of the history of Canola is prior to Monsanto getting in the game of Spliced Rdna Round Up Ready Canada Canola Low Acid Rape seed. The Glycophosphate resistant rDNA modified “Canola”/rapeseed is not talked about by the “Debunkers” hmmmmm….

    • Since many of the “debunkers” here have forthrightly acknowledged the existence of GMO versions of canola, you are either willfully ignoring their comments or haven’t understood what you’ve read. Either way, your comment is misinformed. What do you want those here who are “debunkers” to say? Obviously they are aware of GMO RoundUp-ready rapeseed and don’t consider it an evil and insidious plot. But in any event, their response was to the misinformation in the blog post, not to some unstated argument about RoundUp-ready seed.

  48. No oil is really good for you. Each tablespoon is 120 calories of pure fat and it is 14% saturated fat. I cook with broth or water and leave the oil out. I eat foods that the oil comes from so i get plenty of healthy fat in it’s whole form.We have been lead to believe there are healthy extracted oils. Not! Oh, and coconut is the only plant based food that has saturated fat. Soooo coconut oil is pure saturated fat. Saturated fat is not good for us, i think we can all agree on that.

  49. Most modern rapeseed/canola is GMA so that they can make it round-up ready. Seed drift is causing much grief for those that do not want to grow GMA rapeseed. Also, the processing involved in producing canola makes the oil unfit. The best rule to live by, is if the food you want to eat was not produced 100 years ago, you should probably avoid it. And, if it was, if science has altered it, find an unaltered source for your food. This includes lifestock. And since when is Snopes equal to the Bible? I chose to stick to the Bible.

  50. I cannot believe how rude some of these comments are when it’s obvious they were written by mature adults. One thing that’s bothering me, is this blog post keeps being referred to as an article. As it is only a blog post, it should really be taken less seriously. Pretty much everything we eat is bad for us in some way or another unless it is organic. Any of you in your 50’s+ or have a relative who talked to you about the good ol’ days? Maybe you remember or they have told you that people were never obese like they are today or that nowadays everyone seems to have health problems? The things we consume have a huge impact on our health. I just can’t fathom how anyone could think it’s ok to eat foreign substances. Are you people aware that there are certain things that are FDA approved in this country but that are banned in others? Scary to think about…

    • just to add: without the “changes” in the way we grow, and process food, there would be way more people starving because you just can not grow enough quality Natural foods. ever wonder why organic foods cost more? acre for acre organic food produce less useable products. this is why they spray our foods with chemicals, and unnatural fertilizers. Not that natural fertilizers are any better. Why did someone think that putting cow crap on our plants was healthy? its considered organic! Its also a GREAT source of e coli bacteria.

      ENJOY!

  51. Unfortunately, as all of the information and “facts” presented here do not have cited sources in peer reviewed publications, or any citation whatsoever, this article is little more than an opinion piece. Until your sources are credited and are revealed to be credible, this opinion piece should NOT be taken as anything greater than such.

  52. What I have learnt a) Moderate everything you eat b) Try and eat mostly raw foods c) Avoid fry ups ( Hot oil per se is not an ideal cooking medium ) d) limit consumption of red meat and fatty foods e) avoid carbonated drinks f) exercise g) monitor your vital indicators regularly H) MIx with humorous people and have fun i) all information is good J) go with what works for you, it’s your life. Peace and Love

  53. I’m from Andalucía (Southern Spain). Traditionally, in some little villages the people used to to take daily a tea spoonful of olive oil (extra virgin olive oil). Olive oil has been consumed for millenia in all the Mediterranean area (that without mention its use as sacred anointement…, today scientists keep discovering amazing healing properties of this liquid gold…
    Just to add that the best quality olive oil has to be labeled “extra virgin olive oil”

    http://www.mediterraneandiet.gr/health.html

    • Nowadays even extra virgin olive oil is still not the real thing… For example it says extra virgin olive oil in big lettering on the front but in the back in small lettering it will say olive oil flavoring added… What ever that means. But you can still find cold pressed extra virgin olive oil but it is more expensive but worth it… And I think they call it the meddirteranian diet in which you consume two teaspoons of olive oil as soon as you wake up

  54. I wonder if you know my cousin, Kathryn Lockwood Kasischke, also of San Diego, also a runner, a triathlete. Seems you’d have lots in common. It’s an interesting article about canola – and worth looking into. It’s impossible to keep up with all of it.

  55. I have read many of these comments, both for, and against GMOs. Is it useful to any of the people scientifically “debunking” this blog that most of Europe has banned GMOs? I guess all those countries must be very “unscientific” to have made this decision.
    The condescending nature of those crying “fear mongers” is very apparent.
    One does not need a degree in a subject to learn it. Albert Einstein, for one, went to university, but did not bother going to most of his classes, preferring to learn on his own.
    Not to say any of us are in his league, but just to make the point that one cannot say something is true because of a particular “scientific study”.
    These studies are often very flawed, due to being funded by the very companies who would benefit from a “good result” as the outcome.
    The writer here may not have every fact right….but she is doing her part to help people, and much of it is very useful.
    We, at this time, have a great deal more to learn than those of say 50-100 years ago, when most food was natural, fast food was pretty much non-existent, and also, there were very few processed foods.
    We do not just have ourselves to consider….our children and grandchildren must not be left with a planet where healthy food is not possible because of our actions to manipulate plants and animals.

  56. Here is the deal everyone. The amount of cancer being seen in humans and the animals we feed is at an alarming rate and we need to figure out why. Thank you Vanessa for caring enough to share this information Enough said.

  57. Turnip, cabbage, horseradish and radish are also members of this “toxic” family of plants. Should I now cease to use those?

  58. This article is so slanted that the author should be sued for liable/slander … for some somewhat UN-biased information… you should check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canola_oil and then make up your own mind as to whether or not it is good or bad (or even somewhere in between Good and Bad) for you and whether or not you will or will not use it..

  59. I think this link is spreading some dis-information. GMO’s are created using viruses as a host for new DNA form another organism; Canola was developed through selective breeding in a lab. Not the same. A lot of the canola that is being grown today has been genetically modified, but the plant known as canola is not a GMO just because it was evolved by tech, and not nature. That isn’t to say that canola is healthy, but where did the studies come from? Did the studies test GMO or non-GMO canola? I like evidence, have any?

  60. Thanks for the info. Very interesting read. always good to be reminded and also to get more info on GMO’s. But I have one thing to say: COKE!?Say it ain’t so……… Not that I drink much pop but but like that if I do. Oh well. .. another change to make.

    • Sun flower oil when heated or used in cooking has a low saturation so when heated it turns to hydrogenated oils which is not good!!! If you must cook with oil use a wok so the oil stays at the bottom of the pan and your food doesn’t sit in the oil to much.

  61. Very interesting stuff….thank you for your input on gmo’s. It’s very scary what food companies are doing to us. The five major things I stay away from is 1.high fructose corn syrup.2. All soy products.3. Msg a.k.a modified cornstarch.4.anything not organic because almost everything else has gmo’s in them.5.and last but not least sodium nitrate which they inject into beef to make it more red in color. All of these things I have listed are basically toxic to humans.and of course canola oil, vegetable oil even genetically modified olive oil. You have to be very careful when buying olive oil, you want to look for cold pressed 100% organic olive oil!

  62. The Non-GMO Project has labeled some organic/non-GMO canola — it is a product that has been selectively bred rather than genetically manipulated. It still has the fat content, saturated fats, is highly processed, etc, with natural impurities and less healthful compounds in place, but at least it doesn’t have frankenstein concerns of genetic tampering and ecological problems like seed drift. not always the most healthful choice unless included in diets in moderation – – but at least lacking some of the moral issues associated with GMOs and conventional/big $ agro

  63. I just bought blue tortilla chips that say 100% pure canola oil, non-gmo. What does this mean. From yourmy article it sounds like canola is a gm food.-

  64. I thought Canola Oil was safe and have been using it lately. How do I dispose of it? Can I use it in the car for motor oil? Serously tho, I prefer Olive Oil for light cooking and will try some peanut oil for my heavier dishes. We need more people like you to research these things. Maybe I’ll dedicate some time and effort in reasearching some “so-called” health foods. Thanks for the inspiration.

  65. I had no idea about canola oil, I fry in spurts, and buy peanut oil in bulk. If taken care of properly can and will last a while. We do not eat out much, typically less than once a month, so it’s a treat, and very rarely do we eat fast food. Gosh, that sounds snobby, it’s more of a financial reason. Why spend $20 bucks on burger and fries when I can spend $10-$15 more for my husband and I and have a nice sit down meal. So, when I am craving a burger and fries I make it at home, so that’s where the frying in spurts comes in.

    We live on enough land that we garden ever other year, my husband’s mother has a green house and this dec, we have fresh tomatoes and lettuce, it was the first time we tried it in the winter. I was having people over and didn’t have enough tomatoes,( down side of growing food, sometimes you just don’t have enough) so I had to pick a couple from the store and I have forgotten how spoiled I have become with homegrown fruits and veggies. We have fruit and nut trees, that his great grand parents planted and we are finally getting pecan’s from trees that his grandparents planted 30 years ago.

    So, when I see anything with the GMO’s I tend to read it. My mother in law has heirloom seeds, and we try to keep enough to put in the freezer so that when we do the garden we do not have to purchase seeds. Yes, it is a pain, and one of the few things that I am able to help do, but there are times that and certain veggies you have to end up buying seeds. It’s very hard to buy seeds today that aren’t modified, corn, tomatoes, and beans are prime examples. With these GMO’s, we don’t know how this will effect our bodies in the long term. Living in a rural area, we are lucky enough to be able buy local food products and talk to the farmers who produce it. Everyone know how hard times are, and by being very frugal, this spring I will be able to purchase more local food products instead of going to the grocery store.

  66. I am very concered now about my FibroMyalgia, many of the side effects you listed are symptoms of FM. If there is a connection then reading your article was probably the best thing I’ve done for myself in years. Just cutting all those dangerous foods out of my diet could possibly make me healthier again. It’s worth a try and I’ll be in touch with results. I’m at least 60lbs overweiight and this may the trick to losing it. Thanks

  67. Proverbs 18:17

    I don’t want to sound disrespectful but I have often found that un-cited claims are not the most accurate. Would you be willing to indicate which research studies you read that resulted in these conclusions?

    I’m also curious, with all this bad technology and horrible foods we keep hearing about, why is the life expectancy higher today than at any other point in history?

    I am not defending the opposing view. You may be 100% correct. But even a cursory Google search on GM Foods where research data is cited shows that with the exception of new allergies, the scientific community is not of the opinion that they are bad for people. (Quite the contrary. Without them it is unlikely that there would be enough food to sustain 6 billion people.) And I have found some interesting data about canola in particular that seems to contradict the claims above.

  68. We do need to categorize GM foods to speak sensibly on this topic. If you’d like to better understand the science-based evidence of the negative impact of GMOs that are modified specifically for Roundup use, and ultimately for human consumption, please listen to this interview with Dr. Don Huber. It’s one hour, so bear with it and become educated. This man is a researcher, a professor, and an expert. He’s not a drama-queen but a scientist. It’s not an entertaining hour, but it’s a very interesting one. :)

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/10/dr-don-huber-interview-part-1.aspx

    Here’s a bit on him: Dr. Don Huber, an agricultural scientist and expert in microbial ecology, has issued stern warnings about shockingly devastating effects of genetically engineered food crops after discovering a brand new organism in GE animal feed—an organism that has since been clearly linked to infertility and miscarriage in cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, and poultry.

    The underlying problem he sites is the impact on our soil: the elimination of proper flora that is needed and absorbed by the plants and later by us, that keeps our digestive and other systems balanced and healthy. When we change the ecosystem in one place, it effects many other components down the line.

    • Samantha,

      I took the time to watch this and found it very interesting. While not exactly in laymen’s terms, he presents the scientific material in a straightforward manner that is reasonably easy to understand. He goes into specific detail of such things as exactly how Round-Up works and how the genetic modification creates a work around that lets the plant survive while everything else is killed. He explains the nutritional, environmental, and toxic impacts of the herbicides, pesticides, and GMO’s in our food chain.

      There is so much good information provided in this video by a scientist who is an expert in the field. It isn’t fear mongering, it’s processes explained and the impacts revealed.

  69. just wondering where you got your information from because there are fields of canola plants an hour north of me. ive also been told that canola is not a gmo.

  70. First: http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/canola.asp

    Also, you say “Canola oil is developed from the rapeseed plant, which is part of the mustard family of plants. These oils have long been used for industrial purposes (in candles, lipsticks, soaps, inks, lubricants, and biofuels). It’s an industrial oil, not a food.”

    Really? So are a lot of other plants. Corn, and wheat are used to make ethanol for alternative fuels.

    As for this “These oils from the mustard family … not a food.” Anyone with a clue about botany should be able to learn that the mustard family of plants also includes turnips, watercress, radishes, horseradish and cabbage are also in the mustard family, and they are most definitely food.

  71. Sources, citations?
    Studies, experiments?
    Please?
    Otherwise, I have doubts as to the validity of your claims.

  72. I posted a reply earlier today to a previous post and now see many new posts. It’s quite clear that a lot of people aren’t taking the time to read the entire content before posting themselves. The snopes article must have been cited at least a dozen times. Understandable, of course, because there are so very many posts to read. However, I think I made some valid points that got overlooked because they were not at the bottom of the feed so I want to repost them now with some modifications.

    One article that been cited in posts is from 1999. If the time lines that are being mentioned in these posts are correct, that would predate Monsanto flooding the market with their genetically modified Round-Up ready version of rapeseed. Even the snopes article hasn’t been modified since 2005, making it much less relevant in this debate. That article is addressing how Canola came into existence without any current information on production.

    I think one point that is being missed here is that Canola/rapeseed used to be simply a modified plant that had been developed through “old fashioned” processes (crossbreeding) to make it “fit for human consumption” (whatever that means) whereas now, much of the Canola/rapeseed that is being grown is Monsanto’s genetically modified version. That’s a distinction that must be considered when looking at either side of this argument. I don’t know exactly how much of the market Monsanto holds but I do know about their methodology and it’s scary. For a real eye opener everyone should check out the movie Food Inc. I large portion of this documentary is dedicated to how Monsanto has used their wealth, power and strong arm tactics to prevent farmers from using anything but their GMO seed to grow crops.

    http://www.foodincmovie.com/

    Here’s a posting I stumbled across by a farmer experiencing Monsanto’s methodology:

    http://www.mombu.com/medicine/heart/t-boycott-canola-oil-monsantos-thugs-vs-one-saskatchewan-farmer-1904664.html

    I have no idea whether GMO’s are actually harmful or not, but we certainly need to make sure that we continue to have a choice about whether or not we consume them.

    • The most eye opening expose on Glyphosate (RoundUp), the pesticide GMO’s are made for.
      Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Huber about GMO (Part 1 of 2)

  73. Vanessa, I would like permission to share this post over on my blog at deeprootsathome.com between Christmas and New Years. I will link back to your post here and give you photo credit. This is an interesting topic, and i appreciate your sharing it. Thank you! Please leave me a comment and I will proceed.

  74. Under “NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF GMOs ON HUMANS > Toxicity” you list some results of experiments where (I believe) a firefly gene (for luciferase) was inserted into the genome of another organism. This has nothing to do with effects of GMOs on humans in general, or with Canola. It only shows that you can make things glow. So what? Was this firefly gene toxic to the xmas tree? You didn’t even establish that. If it wasn’t, what’s your point?

    I’m no fan of Monsanto, they’re a really awful, awful company. But most of what you have above is as much propaganda as the stuff coming out of Monsanto and the like. If you want to make a stand against the horrendous business practices of these companies, and possible negative effects of GMOs, at least get your facts straight and argue logically.

  75. I ALWAYS use Olive Oil. However, last night I ran out and had a bottle of canola oil so I used it. When I read this, I tossed the bottle in the trash. OO ALL THE WAY!!!

  76. i have a number of criticisms for this article:

    1. It does not seem reliable. There are no citations to any scientific journals or studies. Some of them are merely the author’s own assertions and are not true facts. The negative effects section is so bullshit. What has GMO christmas tree got to do with toxicity?

    2. As for point 2 on allergic reactions: the author claims that GMO food are foreign substances in your digestive system and bloodstream. Hellooo…. what is it that you eat is not considered foreign substance?

    3. as for point 3 on antibiotic resistance: plants are usually made to be pest resistant and not antibiotic resistant. Which idiot will make plants antibiotic resistant? Antibiotic only kill bacteria, not plants… get it?

    4. as for point 4: GMOs are an offence to our cells. Huh??!! like how? ae there special receptors on cell surface that recognize GMO??? I’m sure there isn’t

    5. For Point 5 on immuno-suppression: Like i said earlier, the food is digested…. the tomato that you eat does not remain as tomato in your blood. So your blood cannot recognise that it is a GM tomato. If you said that the GMO contains certain protein that might affect your immune system that is more believable. But identify the protein pls. Cos GMO is not the cause, its the specific protein. AND not all GMO contain that protein

    6. The author claims that GMO have a negative effect on nature: True. But you know what’s a bigger problem? HUMANS. Kill them all pls.

    7. This article is awfully biased. Pls look at this link. It provides a more accurate picture on GMOs: http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php

  77. Mustard Gas from canola??? what a laugh. get your facts straight before publishing this Bull Crap, Mustard Gas is chlorine and ehtylene. How much other bogus garbage is in this article I wonder??? Incidentally cabbage, turnips, broccoli, brussels sprouts, not to mention the “superfood” Kale are all members of the same family. I guess we should all just starve instead of eating things that some kook says might be harmfull. You all need a life.

    • Our food supplies are being tampered with, by Genetically modifying them.
      There are lots of problems in this world, and some people think we can actually Do something about it. You go ahead and have your “life”, assuming that all is going well. We “kooks” will continue to work to get people aware of what is a healthier choice. No, we are not perfect, and some mistakes may be made…..but we are trying to help. What are you doing to help?

      • Saw a documentary ( Seeds of Destruction maybe?); anyways what struck me the most were the real to life farmers they interviewed who fed GMO corn and soy to cattle and pigs. In all the cases the GMO made the animals sick, undersized, sterile, reduced lifespan, etc. These weren’t actors they were real farmers. One farmer described how his pigs gave birth to sacks of water when fed exclusively GMO soy for 90 days. Now who the HELL is going to say this is GOOD for you????? I dare you to say it to my face.

  78. Where are you supposed to find things like “coconut oil” and other alternatives to Canola and Olive oils? I don’t have the ability to travel an hour to a large city for cooking oil. This is ridiculous. Next, nothing we eat is safe. Its all going to kill us.

  79. Wow. Now I’m all sorts of confused! Unfortunately, I don’t have the entire day to read each and every comment on here so my apologies if this has already been addressed, but I have spent a lot of time visiting and living in Sweden. Over there, one of the main oils they use is ‘rapsolja’ — rapeseed oil. From talking with chef friends and organic foodie friends over there, it is one of the best oils out there. One can purchase regular rapsolja, or kalpressad rapsolja (cold pressed) — the latter being the higher priced, higher quality item. I’ve even seen it used in all natural skin care products. I love using it over there and have even purchased it on my travels to have at home with me here in the US. If you dribble a little in while cooking rice, it has a perfect nutty, slightly buttery taste that is delicious! Has the Swedish government completely fooled the population of Sweden and has them consuming, in large quantities, an oil that will cause serious harm? I’m doubtful, but again — mostly just confused by all of this. Thoughts? Accurate information to share? I’m all ears.

  80. Ok, even IF u eat NON GMO Canola Oil u can get these Symptoms as described above, In my Familly we were usingorganic non GMO Rap Seed Oil since allmost 10 years and is since like 2 years we have severe symptoms as described above-shortness of breath, respiratory symptoms, Tingling and Numbness of Extremities, Heart Arythmia, etc- etc. we were really wondering what we are doing wrong, is only after we stopped eating the RAP SEED oil that these things stopped, we are Vegan and now eat allmost 70% raw organic fruits and theRest is steamed veggies or potatoes, or millett, buckwheat and some lentills that we soak before we cook them, non gmo organic, we eliminated sugar, alcohol, cofee, soy and most Oils from our diet, we eat Nuts or raw cheeses made from Nuts and Avocados every now and then, we also use just a little organic sunflower oil or pupmpkin seed oils every once in a while

  81. Soooo, Kellogs bad, General Mills good. Gotcha. I’ll betcha still think there are aliens at Area 51 as well.

    Shame on you scaring people like this.

    • Art….shame on you for being glib. It’s not about scaring people, but trying to get people to be informed…..and, if they don’t agree with the article, then educate themselves.

  82. Canola oil is developed from the rapeseed plant, which is part of the mustard family of plants. These oils have long been used for industrial purposes (in candles, lipsticks, soaps, inks, lubricants, and biofuels). It’s an industrial oil, not a food.

    ======= The reason the name was changed to Canola was because it would seem difficult to market a substance pronounced “Rape” seed oil!

    Yuch!

    I’m not sure about this article’s claim that it is so bad for you. It is a seed for goodness sake!

    Who wrote the article, and why. It sounds a little like Thomas Edison who, afraid of the competition from AC current (which was safer than the DC Edison used) invented the Electric Chair to prove how dangerous AC “really” was.

    • Eric, you just said Canola oil was an “industrial oil”, not a food…..then you say you’re not sure why the article says it’s bad for you, saying “it’s a seed, for goodness sake”.- and that proves What? There are mushrooms that are very good for you, and others that will kill you.

    • Steve, if you have bothered to read some of the comments here, you will have a good idea why canola oil is not good for you. The American Heart Association also recommends using margarine, rather than butter…another false datum, margarine is so unhealthy, even bugs won’t eat it.

  83. As glad as we are to see more attention brought to the dangers of GM crops, there are many inaccuracies in this blog and in many of the comments. As one of the founders of GMO Truth Alliance on Facebook, I’d like to clear up a few.

    1) Most Canola oil today IS genetically modified to be resistant to RoundUp herbicide. USDA stats showed 88% of all the canola planted in the U.S. in 2010 to be from GM seed. ALL canola IS NOT genetically modified. There was recent news about Canadian canola being contaminated (i.e. via cross-pollination) by the GM varieties. I do not know if it was verified nor to what extent GMO DNA was showing up. The Non-GMO Sourcebook lists sources for organic and for conventional non-GMO canola oil .

    2) To my knowledge and according to the Institute for Responsible Technology: (a) GM Potatoes never became commercialized in the U.S due to consumer rejection. (McDonalds has a big role in this). The GM Amflora potato was recently approved for cultivation and commercial use in the EU. Its use is limited to industrial starch needs and the peels can go to animal feed. (b) The GM flavor-savor tomato was pulled shortly after its intro in the US. Currently in the US there are no GM tomatoes being sold. (c) GM sweet peppers, peanuts, and sunflower have never been approved for commercial cultivation in the US. I am not even sure if there have been any patent approvals or trial crops for these 3 plants. I would need to do some research. Please consult our list of databases on our Forum to look into it yourself.

    3) Omega-6 oils in themselves are not bad. What is important is the ratio of Omega 3, 6, and 9 oils one consumes. The Standard American Diet (SAD) includes high amounts of Omega 6 and low of Omega 3. I do not know the optimal balance offhand. However, many nutritionists advise decreasing intake of Omega-6 oils and increasing intake of Omega-3s. These three omega oils are all essential fatty acids (EFA), meaning that our bodies do not manufacture them themselves and dietary intake of all three omegas–including Omega-6–is needed for our survival and well-being.

    -Elizabeth K.

    • Elizabeth, whether or not these crops you mention have as yet been approved for GM cultivation is not the point. The point is that a great many have (most corn is GE food, and unfit to eat), and the consumer has no way to tell which foods contain GEs, as no LABELING is required. I do not trust Monsanto, and its cohorts, as they try to push their way into all markets. The vast majority of people would avoid using GMO products if possible, if they could tell which ones contained it….which is why Monsanto is dead set against it.

  84. For the people who are using SNOPES as your “defense”, you should realize that SNOPES also defends that Aspartame is safe for you. The reality is that Aspartame is NOT safe for you. And I can speak on this because a friend of mine has the lesions on his arms from Aspartame poisoning. That’s right. Apartame poisoning. He got it from chewing gum and drinking diet sodas daily.

    So, while Snopes is a good source for many things, you also have to understand what the limits are of their “research”.

      • Greg, whether they resort to citing Snopes is not the point. Many say there is “research” of one kind or another, supporting GMOs. This research cannot be trusted due to massive conflict of interest in the process. Monsanto is a chemical company first (not a food company), and it is in their interest to have as many crops modified to resist “Roundup” as possible. ( “Roundup” being the deadly poison they create to pour on crops).

    • Agree Jeremy, I really don’t get why people think Snopes is such an authority on things. As a matter of fact, their info on this topic has not been updated since 2005. People would do well to take into account their own experiences, as well as that of people they know.
      Their are Many topics on which the “official word” is not unbiased, due to conflict of interest in the so called “research”. When big corporations stand to make (or lose) money, you can bet they have ways of getting studies to turn out the way they want.

  85. I am very concerned over GMO Corn, soy and canola. I have read that most of Europe will NOT purchase any of the gmo crops we grow here in America, and of course they have no interest in purchasing any of the meat and cheese from America since the animals were All fed gmo soy and/or corn. I have also read that Hungary has burned all of the fields that grew gmo corn…. this whole idea of splicing chemicals and pesticides does not seem natural at all, and I am now staying away from any corn, soy and canola. Today I made my own hummus with non gmo garbanzo beans and sesame seeds with some lemon, garlic and herbs and I feel great. I really don’t miss corn or tofu at all…

    • I also read that Monsanto, who has a patent all gmo soy and corn and profits greatly from this whole new way of growing these plants, is in Support of animals testing in labratories. I have seen videos of monkeys with electrodes screwed onto eye sockets and weird horrible and stupid experiments involving puppies, kittens and rabbits and OH NO I am Not supporting any corporation that encourages mutilating monkeys and bunnies NOPE. I am soy. corn and canola free from now on, and I feel so good just eating organic fruits and vegetables and organic beans and seeds and that is how it is gonna stay..

  86. I use organic coconut oil and clarified butter sourced from organic grass fed cows. Taste delicious and full of high quality essential fatty acids. Butter from grass fed cows has the right ratio of omega 3 to omega 6, so it doesn’t cause inflammation in the body unlike grain fed butter.

  87. The editor’s last paragraph was the best part of the article. It gives you a sense of the real balance we need to do with issues and fears. I for one am going to go soak in a bath fiilled with bubbles and scented oils letting my troubles melt away. Okay, maybe no oils.

  88. i am a staunch supporter of the CONCEPT of GM foods, if produced by reputed manufacturers and approved after strict govt. and health procedures. but i approach this fairly new science with caution and would like to keep both sides of the story in mind while i decide whether i embrace this or not. and it IS a fairly new science, with a lot of pressure from all sides to show up as worthy, healthy and NOT harmful for the people of the world.

    it is one of those few industries in the world that is facing far more prejudice, fear and caution against it than many others; which means that to succeed in their endeavours, the companies which engage in GM research and food production are all the more aware, cautious and strict about the quality of products they put out in the market.

    it’s sad that all there is all kind of development in the world; a lot of it detrimental to our health or environment; or which has caused such detriment over a period of years. that is science: it is not developed and pronounced fool-proof in a day or even 10 years!

    and yet, GM foods have been one of the strongest-targeted causes; while it remains less harmful than pesticides, pollution in the environment, unhealthy lifestyles and so on!!!

    in fact, there have been cases of detrimental health by chemical addition/poisoning, decades after involuntary consumption! and it’s not necessarily some kind of evil, irresponsible plot by chemical companies to poison the masses, but just the course of time their technology took. their crime would be in not taking even further precautions during their testing schedules; or if they didn’t own up and act upon any negative effects discovered.

    in a world of burgeoning populations and the threat of severe food shortage, GM foods – UNDER PROPER STUDY AND SUPERVISION – provide the means to feed our people with rapid results and low production costs. and yet, not only do we not accept, study and analyse this properly, we don’t even open our minds to trying it!

    i am from india. while this blog may be about canola and packaged products on shelves in the usa, the idea of GM foods has a deeper meaning than just this: it is the nextgen technology that will help our farmers produce better, faster and more robust kind of crops with lower production costs and bigger yields.

    let’s take, for example, indian media and government’s current pet hate and punching bag: BT Cotton. by altering one particular gene (or whatever the term is, in case i am wrong), this GM cotton crop is made to withstand its most common enemy and pest, grow faster and give better yield to the farmer. decades of testing have proved no negative effects thus far. the same holds for basic food crops like rice, etc.

    instead of spurning GM foods, we need more ethical practices, better governance and more acceptance and education amongst people of it. simplistically speaking, it’s like choosing between saying: i’d rather die now than eat a GM food product because i hear of some negative effect 50 years down the line; or saying: i will study this more and see if i can feed my kids safe GM foods instead of the planet going hungry.

    the world has always changed since it was born. the creatures on it, the environment, etc. this is part of it. “evolution” is the larger picture painted around it.

    prudence and discipline, NOT negative propaganda, is what is required at this time, to make it a healthier place, at least for whatever destined time we humans have!

    sad.

    must be some pesticide and other industry lobbying that has brought about such aggressive misinformation and propaganda against GM foods because after all, human beings are innately impressionable with any kind of sensational information!

    are we…?

    :-)) :-((

    • @ Shakthi, What?!! Have you researched this subject AT ALL? I will only speak to your last comment re “must be some pesticide lobby group causing the trouble for GMOs.” If you don’t know that the BIGGEST co. pushing GMO’s is MONSANTO, (a Chemical co., that makes the pesticide ROUNDUP), then you don’t have any understanding of what GMOs actually are…..They are altered to remain resistant to HUGE doses of chemicals, which, of course means they are loaded with pesticides. And, even this is not making for better crops, but more resistant weeds, and insects becoming resistant to the huge doses of insecticide. Nice!

      • I would check your facts. To my scientific knowledge, there are no “superbugs” “resistant” to any one speficic pesticide. In fact, PMRA has done a very good job of de-registering pesticides that are extrememly harmful and have placed significant regulation on the use of any registered pesticide in the marketplace. Companies like Monsanto have been targeted as the bad guys, but in fact they have taken huge ethical steps to research these issues.

        We live in a country that has relativly cheap and available food supply. I would challange you to approach this discussion in a developing country that has significant food shortage and mal-nutrition or mineral deficiancies. The opportunity to add a vitamin or mineral (i.e zinc in rice) to food can vastly change an infant survival rate; the health of an entire population. Growing more bushels is what is going to feed an exploding population – technology and reseach are the catalists that will allow this globe to fulfill this need.

        I find it interesting (and offensive) that a blog with no fact, science or credibal reference is widely accepted, but real reseach and development that is under significant regulation in an country with the highest food safetly and tracibility standards is ridiculed.
        GMO’s? Yes please.

    • @ Gary…what a pompous, condescending, generic, and unthoughtful response. Many of us on here have different views, but at least we are finding out some things about the subject , instead of just posting some cliche.

      • Unfortunately for you, his pompous, condescending, generic and unthoughtful response is spot on. You are perpetuating what amounts to a conspiracy theory. You are not a geneticist, you are not even a scientist, and therefore you are not an authority on this subject. Your ignorance is amplified when you post these articles full of pseudo-science and lies.

  89. i always feel like i’m defending canola oil, and i’m really not, i never buy it, but so much of this is incredibly accurate. canola oil is not genetically modified rapeseed oil. it is hybridized rapeseed, a natural process, and is true of virtually every vegetable and fruit we eat today. most canola oil is GMO, but it is not difficult to find organic, certified non-GMO, expellar-pressed canola oil. canola oil is far lower in PUFA than rapeseed, and it has a very favorable ratio of Ω-6:3, which cannot be said for olive oil, which while lower in unstable PUFAs, has almost no Ω-3. for the most part, the same can be said of nut oils, with macadamia nut oil being an exception, and almond oil looking very similar to canola, but again, like olive oil, almost all the PUFA content is pro-inflammatory Ω-6. all other seed oils, including sesame seed oil, is much less healthy, with the only exceptions being high oleic varieties of safflower and sunflower oils that are organic, non-GMO, and expellar-pressed, of course. generally though, safflower and sunflower oils are way worse. how did they make safflower and sunflower oils “high oleic”? yup. you guessed it. same way they made canola from rapeseed. no argument that any rendered animal fat, butter, or coconut or palm oils are healthier, and olive oil IS lower in PUF, but one should be aware that that PUF is almost entirely Ω-6, so you’ll want to get Ω-3s from other sources to compensate, but in reality there are far worse choices for neutral, liquid-at-room-temperature​ oils, and the sesame seed oil mentioned is one of them.

  90. This post is so full of misinformation it hurts. The damage you listed is from ALD, which is treated with the component that is removed from Rapeseed oil to make it Canola oil. If you haven’t got the disease (it’s genetic) then you haven’t got a problem and don’t need that component at all.

  91. The goo secticide they put on seeds while planting to keep the bugs from eating them is what is killing the bees…

  92. Some people believe anything they see in print or hear from someone they think should be “in the know”. I checked some of the facts on this and found this article to be mostly inaccurate. Rape seed oil has been used in other parts of the world for cooking purposes for centuries. It is the vapor coming from supper heated Rape seed oil that causes health problems, not consuming it. The vapors from all oils can cause these same health problems though Rape seed oil is certainly worse. Canola oil is NOT a GMO product! It is a product of good old fashioned cross breeding. It comes from the rape seed plant but one that has been cross bread to change it’s chemical making less harmful than it was previously. Lastly GMOs are not necessarily harmful to the body nor “foreign” to them. Many GMOs are combinations of products we already consume, such as halibut genes in tomatoes. Halibut have a natural antifreeze that helps tomatoes resist frost.
    With that said, the greatest problem associated (fairly) to GMOs Is that to native plants and the environment. This is no small concern as supper plants are already out competing natural species world wide and many natural species may one day cease to exist as modified species leave the farms and choke out less hardy/slower growing plants wherever they land creating vast expanses of one plant species. Imagine what that does to the animal life that used to rely on the previous environment. This will and is leading to mass extinctions. I am a fisheries biologist and as one I do see the need for GMO products in some applications as the world needs new faster ways to produce affordable life saving medications. Produce should not be GMO, in my opinion as I can’t be contained at this time. Until such a time arrives I say keep it in the Petri dish.

  93. Couple of typos. Meant to say “it’s chemical make-up” and “as it can’t be contained”, “I can’t” though the later is funny.

  94. Canola oil makes my throat swell shut and makes me have great difficulty breathing. Peanut oil or any peanut products do the same. I now have an allergic reaction to both. When I was a kid, and even as a young adult, I ate plenty of peanuts and peanut butter. I suspected they were doing something different to the peanuts nowadays. Now I get why I have these food allergies. It’s because these products are not/ no longer food to my body. I was still letting my kids consume them, as they did not seem to be allergic; but now I will stop allowing poisonous items into my pantry! Thank you for posting this. Somehow it got to my wall, and I’m thankful for the info.

    Also, I see you run barefoot. I used to hike barefoot for years. I had to stop because I had lots of small splinters of rock embedded deep in the skin on the bottom of my feet that caused problems years later and had to be removed. Do you do anything to prep your feet to protect them? Or just go for it bare, like I did? Thanks!

    • “I suspected they were doing something different to the peanuts nowadays.”

      You have allergies, and this has nothing to do with GMOs. In fact, there are no commercially available GMO peanuts. They’re not poisonous. You’re over-reacting based on false assumption.

  95. I’m sorry, but a goodly number of your comments in the article seem to be nonsense…

    “1. Toxicity

    Apparently they have GMO Christmas trees that glow in the dark. Slightly cool, but kind of disturbing. They can also make pigs glow in the dark by injecting them with jellyfish.”

    What has glowing Christmas trees to do with toxicity?? NOTHING. Please support your statement that GMOs are toxic with actual facts. Are all GMOs toxic? Only some GMOs? Only GMOs made specifically to PRODUCE toxins (such as plants engineered to produce anti-fungal or insecticidal molecules)?

    “3. Antibiotic resistance

    Many plants are engineered to become resistant. We consume those same toxins and may in turn develop resistances.”

    What does that even mean? Do you KNOW how antibiotics work? Antibiotics weaken or kill bacteria or otherwise aid our immune system in eradicating them. Bacteria develop resistance to the antibiotics by either developing ways of metabolizing them, or keeping them from being absorbed, etc.

    What has this to do with US becoming resistant? We’re not bacteria. Why would we need to become “resistant” to antibiotics created by GMOs? What would it mean if *we* DID become “resistent”? Would the antibiotics stop killing bacteria? No ’cause it’s not the bacteria that became resistent. WE did, whatever that means. Pretty much means NOTHING. You seem confused on what antibiotics are and what “resistance” means.

    “4. Cancer

    GMOs are an offense to our cells. They depress our immune system and may allow for the onset of cancer.”

    Any proof of this claim? Again, same question as #1. Is this true of ALL GMOs or just specific things (such as the ones that produce insecticides, etc.)? If not, don’t make blanket statements. It makes you sound stupid / uninformed… Again, please provide some actual substantive proof of your claims. Are there any rigorous studies showing this finding?

    “5. Immuno-suppresion

    Our immune system doesn’t recognize GMOs. It works to expel them from our bodies as soon as possible, and has less time to work towards our general well being.”

    AGAIN, is there any proof or substantive support for this bald assertion? Our immune system doesn’t recognize GMOs. Okay, great. Why would it? gene (the G of GMO) are located in the nucleus of the cell. Unless there is some EXTERNAL indicator of GMO-ness such as an actual CHANGE to a surface protein or something, how would our immune system know whether a cell had GMO genes in it or not? How does an immune cell know the difference between a GMO potato and a regular potato, etc? If there is no structural change to the cell that would give something away as ‘different’, why would our immune system flag it so and bulldoze it out?

    For that matter, is every cell of every SAME organism exactly alike? Do immune cells go around inspecting the surface proteins of one potato cell then inspecting the surface proteins of another potato cell and comparing them bit for bit, then going back to the first one to make sure it didn’t make a mistake? I rather doubt it. And I rather doubt your claim about ALL GMOs being automatically targeted by our immune system. Sounds like a bit of New Agey nonsense. Unless you care to back it up with actual FACTS. For whichi I’m not exactly holding my breath. Sorry.

    Not even going to touch the new age nonsense about “throwing nature out of balance.” Again, what does that even mean? What exactly is “thrown out of balance”? How? I seriously doubt that [global] nature has been thrown out of balance to any significant degree by planting a few fields of corn that’s more resistant to drought or cold or what have you.

    That said, I do think there are very real potential threats from GMOs, such as the aforementioned pesticides certain plants have been engineered to produce. It’s my opinion that if we ingest those things that are producing them, we’ll also ingest the things they’re producing. That just stands to reason / common sense. If we eat the thing producing it, we eat the byproduct with the producing organism. And there may be collateral damage heretofore unrecognized, such as other beneficial or benign species accidentally damaged by the pesticides intended to eliminate pest species. For instance if a pesticide targets boll weevils, who’s to say it won’t also do collateral damage to bees, butterflies, ants, etc. etc. Other things in the ecosystem…

      • “When human being think they can improve God’s creation they’re asking for trouble. He’s God and we’re not!”

        Yeah, all those breeds of dogs out there are BIG trouble.

      • You really missed the point, didn’t you? We’ve been “improving gods creations” for thousands of years by selective breeding, etc, be it animal breeds, crops, etc. Very few of these have ever lead to trouble. Your statement is absurd.

  96. Wow it is scary that people will read a blog with zero scientific evidence and believe it. That is fine if you choose to avoid GMOs or certain foods, you are free to do so. But it wrong to write blanket statements about something without any evidence or references supporting your claim. I am not talking about 1 reference either or a reference to another article or conspiracy theories. I am talking about scientific evidence. Additionally, the lack in understanding basic science in this blog post and in these comments is dumbfounding, minus the few who try to explain the errors in this post but are then told something about being condescending, something about God, some BS conspiracy theory, or my favorite the “where are your references?”. I apologize to the blogger for picking on her and she did update this post advising folks to do their research but it shows how misinformation is continually spread on the internet. Guess we take the good with the bad.

  97. Avoid seed oils and polyunsaturated oils completely!!!

    See David Gillespie’s book “Big Fat Lies”. Should be compulsory reading!

    • With you Robert! To the people who are slamming this blog because every detail may not be perfect, I would say, the main thing is, to avoid GMOs,….and Canola oil needs to come out of it’s closet as a “healthy oil”, and be known for what it is…..a Genetically modified, concocted oil, that is absolutely NOT healthy. Look at the Big picture people.

      • @Joyce — Canola is “genetically modified” only in the sense that it was developed through careful cross-pollination with other closely related plants, which could have happened in nature if the right plants were near each other. It was NOT developed through the Frankenstein-like direct DNA-injection methods of the “GMOs” you’re thinking of. That said, since its development, there have been DNA-injected GMO strains of canola produced by companies like Monsanto. Avoid those strains by looking for organic canola oil.

        Canola oil is a uniquely healthful product, having a nearly 2:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids. It is great to use in place of olive oil when neutral flavor or higher-temperature frying are needed.

        Don’t let ignorance and false rumors scare you away from something that could be good for you and your family! That’s no different from how people used to think tomatoes were poisonous.

        See: http://www.tomatogardeningguru.com/history.html

      • Organic doesn’t mean not genetically modified, it means not grown with chemical pesticides and fertilizers!

      • @Mike: That is very good information, thanks! I agree with you that controlled cross pollination is not at all like genetically modified foods.

        @Terri: That is incorrect. In order to receive the certified organic label the product must be free of genetically modified food. If a product says “organic”, but does not say “USDA Organic” than it’s just a spin-word and doesn’t mean organic at all. If all Canola Oil were genetically modified, than no Canola oil would qualify for the USDA Organic label.

  98. I thought COLDPRESSED Canola Oil was one of the very few vegetable oils that were good.. Not to the same extent as natural fats like butter and coconut oil, but still okay, along with coldpressed olive oil and linseed oil!? Guess I’ve been totally off then!

  99. This is a helpful article on the subject, from a scientist/dietician: http://tqidiet.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/choosing-a-cooking-oil/ “My opinion: I do not like canola oil. I would not even include in my top ten choices, let alone make it number 1. Canola oil contains erucic acid. While some debate how bad erucic acid really is, no one argues that it is good for us. Canola varieties containing less and less omega-3 fats are being selected to improve the oil’s shelf life and much of the crop is genetically modified. I see no reason whatsoever to use it. The chef seems to be saying that canola is easily used in cooking because it has a neutral flavor. I instead recommend using oils that add a flavor you like to whatever you are making.”

  100. Before I make my comment I want to make it clear that I generally do not like genetically modified food, but I recognize that not all cases of genetically modified foods are necessarily bad. It really depends on what is introduced and how big the changes tend to be. An alteration from within the same family of plants (such as mixing genes between tomato and potato, nightshade family.) I personally consider to be safe, but because each gene does more than one thing I follow the precautionary principle of science when it comes to more drastic change due to the formation of new allergens.

    That being said, I have to refute a statement made in the article that states:

    “Our immune system doesn’t recognize GMOs. It works to expel them from our bodies as soon as possible, and has less time to work towards our general well being.”

    That isn’t true. What is true is that many genetically modified products have new allergens that our bodies cannot recognize, but that isn’t because they are genetically modified, it’s because the genes were introduced too rapidly for our own biology to adapt to it. Potato plants used to be toxic to our bodies, but after centuries of breeding the ones we eat today lack these toxic genes. (There are still toxic potato plants in existence). If people of that time had access to genetic engineering they could have created a modern potato, but because it took centuries to develop our bodies were able to develop alongside it. The important thing to remember is that even if it’s true that most genetically modified food contains new allergies, it’s not because it is genetically modified and not all genetically modified foods contain new allergens.

    “rapeseed has a cumulative effect…”

    This is important to ask: What is the compound in rapeseed that has this effect, and is it present in canola? All other concerns aside, the cumulative effect of rapeseed is meaningless without knowing if this is observable in canola. Even if we haven’t had the 10 years of consumption required to see these results in canola, if canola lacks the compound which causes this than it’s inappropriate and misleading to make this link. If, on the other hand, we don’t know all of the causes for this effect than it would be appropriate to be concerned and the precautionary principle should be applied.

    I’m not entirely convinced that canola is safe, but articles like this don’t convince me it isn’t safe either, which I guess is a bit moot since I prefer organic grapeseed oil anyway.

    Either way I support the use of GM labels to allow Doctors the opportunity to track the emergence of new allergens as they emerge. Even when I complete my degree and become a Genetic Engineer I will hold this view.

  101. would love to know of the links and data you used to go with this paper
    i love how you put it together. I appreciate you time and efforts

  102. Please don’t take this as an attack, I’m simply a born skeptic and had a niggling concern the whole way through reading this article: where are you sources?

    There are a LOT of BIG claims made in this article, and there isn’t a single citation to back ANY of them up.

    If ANY of these claims about the health concerns of GMOs (and canola in particular) are legitimately sourced from scientific, peer-reviewed studies, this is a BIG DEAL.

    But if not, I’m concerned about the effect publishing these kinds of claims will have on the legitimacy of the anti-GMO movement. I’m well aware of the fact that there are many proven reasons to be concerned about certain kinds of GMOs, but this is the first time I’m hearing many of these claims about medical effects. If these claims are at all embellished, cherry-picked, or – God forbid – made up, this is an extremely irresponsible post.

    If, however, this is genuine, whistle-blowing exposure of real dangers to the public, you should make a point of linking to (or at least properly citing) the legitimate sources of this information. It’s all well and good to provide people with valuable information, but nothing beats arming them with proof.

    I look forward to your response. Cheers.

  103. Ha this is incredibly inaccurate. There are several GM varieties of canola, but these are for pest and herbicide resistance not low acid. The acid referred to in CANOLA is erucic acid, a harmful(ish) compound which made it inedible before. Canola has been bred, using conventional breeding to be low in this type of acid. Although breeding is of course a form of genetic manipulation, it’s not the type of ‘GM’ that I’m sure you’re referring to. Now canola is related to mustard (canola is Brassica napus, mustard is brassica juncea) however, mustard gas is a synthetic compound which is not derived from either of these plants. I believe mustard gas is named as such because of the burns it causes; it’s not actually from mustard. Hopefully you’ll research these things before writing misinformation on the internet next time.

  104. Not a total change of subject as it is used as an edible oiL!!
    Does anyone else get headaches when around the rapeseed crop fields, I know for a fact it is this, I never had headaches until this was introduced to our country and only when it is gone do I start to feel ok and I’m headache free for the rest of the year… but as soon as I get a whiff of it. also is it true that it is not grown in many other countries because of the health dangers?

  105. hey George, funny, don’t waste your time dealing with these loonies. They should just be grateful that modern agricultural science and big agri-business is feeding them and all all the “non-working” world, while they sit in bed on Sunday morning soaking up another “class” of pseudo-science, courtesy of the media, which has to make it exciting, to get the loonies to buy and read it. Good science is too boring and safe to sell.

    • Hey Andrew, Ph.D, you’re obviously an arrogant know it all….I suggest you go back and get a few more letters after your name, maybe someone will believe you then. As it is, good chance you are working for the big agri-business companies in bed with Monsanto, who are busy making food into poison that is unfit to eat. But, you go ahead and enjoy eating that crap, as long as you still can, before you get too sick.

      • Joyce, you rock! Andrew is paid by you-know-who. This whole exchange is a blatant example of the power of Corporate America. The rest of the world is so educated on the topic of gmo’s. I’ve lived abroad for five years and can tell you that people who consider seriously what they put in their bodies are not “loonies” as arrogant Andrew Ph.D. suggests.

  106. My Spectrum Organic Canola Oil bottle says “”Third party verified, this oil was made from canola not genetically engineered.” What gives?

  107. not how oil works car oil doesnt come from cars body oil doesnt come from the body cooking oil doesnt come from cooking

  108. This is simple the biggest bullsh*t i ever read on the internet. Canola the source behind mustard gas… Are you insane? do you even know what you are saying. chemically speaking mustard gas contains one sulfur and 2 chhlorine atomns. Canola fat/oil molecules don’ t.

    You are the worst liar trying to upset people.

    Like this statement ”They can also make pigs glow in the dark by injecting them with jellyfish.”

    WHAT???

    It is the same like you can make bacon from mice by injecting them with pig… this doens’t make any sense whatsoever.

    Before you talk get your facts straight! read the literature about it, I suggest to start reading organic and biochemistry before posting the worst bullsh*t I ever saw on the internet.

    Some people are against GMO for good reasons, nothing against that but you just lie to the world.

    • it is scary that these people have no idea what they are ranting about…thank you for suggesting that they read before they rant…and they should also be required to study science in school

  109. Canola was designed from rapeseed ,that is true however it was not a GMO when released for us to grow in 1978, it was selected to be what they refered as double Zero. 0 glucasinulate 0 Eurucic Acid two properties prevalent in rapeseed..As these were bred out naturally. The GMO portion was added later so farmers could spray with chemicals that would normally kill it for easy weed control. I’m not a big fan of Monsanto, and Dupont, Dow, Bayer owning the basis of plant life, but this horse has left the barn. Consumers can however keep it out of wheat which is the next big push to manufacture your consent and ours as farmers. Please push back.

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  111. Vanessa,

    As a writer myself, I agree that it’s best to include references to the sources of information if you want to have real credibility. GMOs and canola oil are highly controversial, and if you provide links to the studies and articles by experts, readers can check them out for themselves and form their own conclusions.

    *************************************************************************************
    But I’ll pose a different question:

    What right does Monsanto Corporation, have to tamper with our food supply like this and force these highly controversial changes upon an unwilling world?
    *************************************************************************************

    The food supply is now permanently contaminated with these GMO varieties, and even if they are eventually withdrawn from the market, we don’t have the means to get them out of our food supply.

    The fact that the FDA approves them means very little because the FDA has a very poor track record. They have approved many foods and drugs that have killed hundreds of thousands of people and caused innumerable birth defects and other adverse health conditions. In many cases the drugs are not even very effective, and they almost always treat symptoms without correcting the underlying causes, allowing the patient to get worse and sometimes even die sooner, while they think they are benefiting from the drugs.

    Years later, the FDA will finally admit that they were wrong in approving the products and will ban them. And in many cases, it turns out that the company that produced the product and paid for much of the testing hid the unfavorable evidence from the public so they could scam their innocent victims as long as possible.

    This GMO situation is one of the worst case of bad corporate practices for purely financial gain in the history of the world.

  112. This is highly incorrect.
    It doesn’t seem anyone in this thread even knows what “GMO” stands for. Injecting a pig with jellyfish wouldn’t change it genetically. When you create a GMO you modify the genes in the early stages of embryonic development so that the animal/plant/bacteria/fungi eventually produces proteins from genes that it did not originally have. Glow-in-the-dark pigs have the gene from a firefly. It is a harmless gene, hence why it was used to experiment early on.

    Furthermore, all genes, whether modified or not, are made of the same molecules (phosphate-sugars and 4 sets of base pairs called nucleotides), which means your body recognizes them and they are NOT FOREIGN substances. Your immune system definitely recognizes them, and your body can break them down.

    I’m not saying there can’t be negative consequences to some GMOs, but you can’t really lump them altogether as “bad” when you don’t know the science. For instance, vegetables that are genetically-modified to be pest-resistant on their own—–is that worse than spraying something that actually IS a dangerous inorganic (not genes) compound onto our food?

    FYI things like Red 40, saccarin, BHT, CFCs etc are not GMOs. Let’s do the research before we use scare tactics.

    • There are no scare tactics when it comes to GMOs. GMOs are specifically created to withstand LARGE doses of pesticides and insecticides. And they DO spray the GMO produce with these chemicals to keep weeds and insects from destroying it. So not only are we getting chemicals in the food itself, but then there’s the added dose as it’s growing. The only reason GMOs were created was to make produce bigger, grow faster, and more abundant…all things that sound like a great idea. But in doing so, they’ve made our food killing time bombs and have put hundreds of farmers out of business…jump on the bandwagon or be brought down has been Monsanto’s way of business.

      NOTHING good can come from playing God with our food source. NOTHING. Nature has feed this planet forever, and can do so without help from Monsanto.

  113. thank god to you. not only america is destroying other countries by bombing them, but also destroying its own people by big companies. still americans voice can’t be heard and nothing has been said about GMO in the TV.

  114. Speaking of ignorance, GMO does not give us the same level of nutrition as does non-GMO. When compared, the GMO gave a substantially lower level of nutrition. In studies where rats were fed nothing but a GMO diet, they developed massive tumors. Read the studies before you yap about ignorance, and by all means enjoy your GMO if that’s what you prefer. NOT for me. Putin must have been well informed by his scientists before he asked Obama to reign in Monsanto before they cause and apocalypse.

  115. I just get a kick out of all u crazy green organic nut cases that seam to be making the stink about gmo products. I find this rather ignorant considering their usually the ones least educated on the product. Please do some actual research and spend your time making a stink about something that may actually concern the public not waist their time!

    • Crazy nut cases don’t like to be called crazy nut cases. I warned my crazy nut case friends that Obama was lying about his health care and how it would be financed and the crazy nut case “true believers” vilified me. Now you are exposing the crazy nut cases to the truth about another one of the crazy nut case sacred cows, be prepared to be vilified.

  116. It’s really unfortunate that you are spreading misinformation to people here. First of all, you cannot confuse the development of canola with GM crops. Canola was developed in the 1960’s through traditional plant breeding in which the erucic acid level and glucosinilates were removed from rapeseed, rendering it safe for human consumption. It is part of the mustard family, seems to me everyone eats mustard! Yes, canola can be used for industrial purposes, but so can olive oil, grapeseed and most of the other oils you listed. The use of GM canola has reduced the amount of pesticide load on the environment. The major areas where canola is grown are part of a crop rotation and these crops are a tool in integrated pest management in a rotation with other crops where weeds are controlled with different herbicides. Also, please note that over 50% of canola grown is NOT Roundup tolerant canola. It is tolerant to a different herbicide. Farmers need to continue to use these tools and be stewards of the land and not overuse them. I think it is important to question where our food comes from but also important to have some level of common sense.

  117. hmm lest think about the risk. I don’t eat any GMO’s

    if GMO’s are safe. I am still alive as with everyone who ate the GMO’s

    If GMOs are not same I am still alive and healthy and those who ate GMO’S are sick and dying.

    I don’t take a chance with my health.

    I don’t take food advice from doctors. Doctors and pharmaceutical companies have everything to gain from sick people. They have no interest in curing anything they are in business to treat symptoms even their treatments create side effects that require more treatments.

    Keep this in mind when you are stuffing that genetically modified meat on a bun in for pie hole.

    And Kudos to you Vanessa for try to warn them.

    and all of you so called experts with your degrees and years experience trying to convince us that they are safe. YOU EAT IT. Some of the most intelligent people on earth are missing the basic common sense. So think about your so call credible information and where it comes from and think about what have they got to gain from there stance on the information. I seriously doubt that Vanessa is making millions trying to warn you of the hazards of canola oil. So stop your bashing.

    Vanessa Keep up the good Fight, and when all you guys are sick and dying in the future, remember she tried to warn you .

  118. wow, what alot of comments. I hate canola oil, it’s in everything, even organic food, the cookies at whole foods, and the bakery where I work, they use canola oil!! Pretty much all restaurants use canola oil unless they are particularly high end, organic, blah blah, but never assume! Always ask, but you might not want to know. Even a long standing vegetarian restaurant in Vancouver has endless empty tubs of canola oil out back. Restaurants get supplies in bulk, often as cheap as possible. I avoid canola as much as possible, but I get a discount at the bakery and can eat something for free for lunch. I don’t know how extensively they use the canola, but my tummy’s been really bad ever since!
    Canola oil was developed in Canada, Saskatchewan mainly. It was supposed to be an alternative to Rape oil which had some problems not being digestable, but it’s cheap, so let’s grow it. I had recently read rape seed oil was considered healthier than canola oil, but I don’t know about that.
    The only thing canola oil is good for is to fuel a diesel vehicle!

  119. I’m just wondering, but with GMO plants why is there a concern when it’s already out there? There is nothing we can do about the plants cross-pollinating our seeds. I can plant a garden with heirloom seeds but there is no guarantee the next generation will be non-GMO. I find some of these things are trivial to worry about. There is nothing we can do about it. After all, what are you going to eat then?

  120. You know, just because it’s one of the top oils containing GMO’s doesn’t mean that ALL Canola oil contains GMO’s. Just like NOT all corn contains GMO’s. Canola oil can actually be a very healthy alternative to other oils if you purchase the right kind and certified GMO-free Canola Oil is actually very easily accessible.

  121. And another thing…mustard gas does NOT come from the rapeseed plant or ANY OTHER plant. It’s not called mustard gas because it comes from a mustard plant. It’s called mustard gas because of it’s smell.

  122. Very distorted view of reality. Clearly anti GM.
    Let me give you a dilemma.
    Long chain omega three can only be sourced from wild fish which have accumulated it through the food chain from plankton which are the only source of long chain omega3. This is the omega three that provides the health benefits to your brain, nerves and eyes.
    If someone develops a GM canola from these bacteria and every hectare of it could save 10,000 fish. Where would you stand on GMOs now? GMOs are the way forward.

    • Colin: Am pretty glad to see some people who are both ready to ask questions, have the right amount of caution and yet be open to new technology. Otherwise the anti-GM lobby seems as narrow-minded, aggressive and with little-informed mob mentality as any big corporation/establishment accused of the same mindset!

  123. Well – there are websites about GMO’s and there are websites about GMO’s aren’t there – and though I agree with many of them I have to say I’ve never read such a load of unmitigated claptrap as this one contains. Canola oil is developed from rapeseed, but was developed by natural breeding long before GMO’s became an issue – it was developed at the University of Manitoba in the early 1970’s. Rapeseed oil itself has long been used for human consumption by the way, not just in lipsticks, candles etc. Canola is a type of rapeseed modified by natural breeding to increase the oil bearing capacity of the seed, and since it was developed in Canada the term “Canola” was coined – Canadian Oil (the “low Acid” claim is a crock as well – not that it makes any difference). As for the claim that rapeseed was the basis for mustard gas – it may be true – I haven’t checked, but ordinary table salt was used to make chlorine – another gas used in trench warfare so what does that prove?

    • At http://bit.ly/1hPIdYw (copied out for your convenience):
      Studies continue to find no significant association between saturated fat and cardiovascular risk. In fact, new research shows high-quality saturated fat is actually cardioprotective
      Replacing saturated fat with carbohydrates and omega-6 polyunsaturated fats has detrimental effects on your lipid and metabolic profiles
      Most vegetable oils are extremely high in omega-6 fats while being low in omega-3s, with very little nutritional value remaining after processing
      Canola oil is one of the worst vegetable oils you can consume, as it is typically laced with chemical solvents, herbicides, trans fat, and other contaminants

      The Worst of the Worst: Canola Oil
      Of all the processed oils, canola has probably done the most damage to America’s health. Canola consumption has skyrocketed over the past few decades, representing an enormous source of excess omega-6 fat. Unlike olive oil, which comes from olives, and avocado oil, which comes from avocados, canola doesn’t come from the “canola plant”—there is no such thing. The word “canola” comes from “Canadian oil low acid,” and is a genetically altered product of the rapeseed plant, part of the mustard family.

      As discussed in a previous article by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD, a genetic manipulation technique involving seed splitting was used to create this variety of rapeseed, which is low in erucic acid and high in oleic acid. This invention initially became known as LEAR oil, which stands for Low Erucic Acid Rapeseed.

      Despite its GRAS status, no long term human safety studies have been done on canola oil. Meanwhile, animal studies on LEAR oil, “challenge not only the health claims made for canola oil, but also the theoretical underpinnings of the diet-heart hypothesis.” In 1997, Canadian research showed that piglets fed milk replacement containing canola oil had signs of vitamin E deficiency, even though the milk replacement contained adequate amounts of vitamin E. Vitamin E protects cell membranes against free radical damage and is important for cardiovascular health.

      A year later, the same research team found that piglets fed canola oil had decreased platelet count and an increase in platelet size. These results were reconfirmed in another study a year after that. Rats bred to have high blood pressure and being prone to stroke also had shortened life-spans when fed canola oil as the sole source of fat. Later research suggested the cause for this effect is the sterol compounds in the oil, which “make the cell membrane more rigid” and contribute to the shortened life-span of the animals. According to Fallon and Enig in “The Great Con-ola:”

      “These studies all point in the same direction — that canola oil is definitely not healthy for the cardiovascular system. Like rapeseed oil, its predecessor, canola oil is associated with fibrotic lesions of the heart. It also causes vitamin E deficiency, undesirable changes in the blood platelets and shortened life-span in stroke-prone rats when it was the only oil in the animals’ diet. Furthermore, it seems to retard growth, which is why the FDA does not allow the use of canola oil in infant formula… 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…

      There are indications that monounsaturated fats in excess and as the major type of fat can be a problem. Overabundance of oleic acid (the type of monounsaturated fatty acid in olive and canola oil) creates imbalances on the cellular level that can inhibit prostaglandin production. In one study, higher monounsaturated fat consumption was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

      Even the dogma that monounsaturated fatty acids are good for the heart is at risk. According to a 1998 report, mice fed a diet containing monounsaturated fats were more likely to develop atherosclerosis than mice fed a diet containing saturated fat. In fact, the mice fed monounsaturated fats were even more prone to heart disease than those fed polyunsaturated fatty acids.

      This means that the type of diet recommended in books like The Omega Diet — low in protective saturates, bolstered with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and relying on monounsaturated fatty acids, whether from olive or canola oil, for the majority of fat calories — may actually contribute to heart disease. Such diets have been presented with great marketing finesse, but we need to recognize them for what they are — payola for the food companies and con-ola for the public.”

      The important point to remember about this is that the timing of the above events occurred BEFORE the widespread adoption of GMO canola oil. Now virtually all of the canola oil produced is glyphosate resistant and sprayed with one of the most toxic herbicides known to man. So now, not only do you have the concerns addressed above, but you have the additional health challenge of glyphosate residues to content with.

  124. FYI – mustard gas does NOT come from the mustard plant. It’s a chemical created in a lab that happens to have a mustard-y smell, hence the name.

    Thanks for the article – I’m taking every opportunity to learn about these kinds of things!

  125. Thank you for the articles. It’s very informative. I wish all our food are labeled with “GMO” or “NON-GMO” so the consumers know. They did it in Europe why not in the US.

  126. I stay away from Canola because most of it these days is GMO. There are too many other “safe” oils with a high smoke point to use. Peanut, avocado, rice bran…that is at least for now, until the mad scientists get their filthy hands on them and change their genetic make up. I am not a fan of GMO foods!!

  127. You, unfortunately, are misusing the word GMO. It stands for genetically modified organisms; in fact these themselves are not toxic. Furthermore, there is strict government regulation of GMOs with single gene affliction. We have been engineering crops for millenia: corn began as a wheat-like plant. Selective breeding is genetic modification. Want to stop eating produce? Have fun. Livestock are GMO, too, they just don’t have to say it.

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