You find seed and vegetable oils on the ingredients list for many foods commonly considered healthy, but is vegetable oil bad for you? You may be surprised by the truth.
These oils seem completely innocent because they are sourced from natural products, including soybeans, sunflower seeds and corn. You can also find seed and vegetable oils on the ingredients list for many foods commonly considered healthy. Unfortunately, these oils are anything but healthy and aren’t as innocent as they seem.
The Dangers of Heavy Processing
Many people assume that seed oils are created by applying pressure on the seeds and collecting the oil as it oozes out. That is far from what actually happens. In order to create oil from seeds and vegetables, manufacturers must use strong chemicals to produce the oil. They must then deodorize and alter the oil to create the product that is eventually included in many prepackaged foods, including salad dressing and sweets.
The danger is in the chemicals used to create vegetable and seed oils. These chemicals are not natural food sources for the human body, so your system struggles to process the oil after consumption. One of the most common chemicals used is hexane. Besides its job in the oil-making process, this chemical compound is commonly found in cleaning products. It’s kind of scary when you realize that you are eating the same chemicals you use to clean your kitchen. YIKES!
Some vegetable and seed oils are also made from genetically-modified vegetables or seeds. A good example is canola oil because it is often made from genetically-altered rapeseeds. This seed is actually toxic to humans due to high erucic acid content. In order to make canola oil, the seeds are modified to lower the acid content. This unnatural form of the seed is what gets processed to create the oil found in many salad dressings.
Dangerous Fat Content
It’s ironic that many heavily-processed seed oils are used to make a variety of “healthy” foods because these oils are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids. You probably see many products advertising the addition of omega-3 fatty acids because those are healthy fats that many people don’t get enough of in their diets.
Unfortunately, vegetable and seed oils are unusually rich in omega-6 fatty acids. These fats are actually extremely unhealthy and have been linked to a variety of serious health conditions. Most Americans consume far more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids, and that is whey diabetes, heart disease and many other diseases are suffered by millions of people today.
When omega-6 fats build up in your system, they contribute to inflammation. You may already know that inflammation is part of the problem for those suffering from autoimmune disease. When you consume vegetable and seed oils, you contribute to inflammation rather than fighting it. If you are doing other things to combat autoimmune disease or other issues, you are working against yourself when these oils make their way into your diet.
Increased Risk of Disease and Illness
There have been many scientific studies into the effects of vegetable and seed oils after consumption, and the results are quite alarming. Some studies have shown that these heavily-processed oils can dramatically increase your risk of developing any of the following medical conditions:
- Heart disease
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
This is in addition to the known risk of contributing to the development of autoimmune disorders. Some people have also accused these oils of contributing to or causing autism, though that is not a scientifically-proven fact. The point is that you increase your risk of developing life-threatening illnesses when you consume a diet rich in vegetable and seed oils.
Can You Realistically Avoid These Oils?
Once you realize the dangers of vegetable oils and seed oils, you may wonder if it is even possible to keep them out of your diet. For the most part, you can. We may get exposed to them when eating out or on occasion, but you certainly don’t need to prepare food with them anymore!
A good replacement that I use all the time is coconut oil. I literally buy it by the gallon here. It makes food taste better too.
Since they are contained in so many prepackaged foods, it may seem overwhelming as you walk grocery store aisles and start reading labels. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to avoid these oils easily if you continue to consume a lot of prepackaged foods because those foods are heavily processed and these oils are everywhere today.
If you are aggressively fighting autoimmune disease or just want better health, you can avoid these oils by consuming a diet based on fresh, natural foods that have been processed as little as possible. You have probably heard the advice that you should do the majority of your shopping around the outer aisles of the grocery store, but even that advice isn’t full proof today.
You can find salad dressings, dips and other products sold in the fresh produce department, and many of these products look healthy from the front of the label. It isn’t until you turn the bottle around and read the ingredients list that you realize many of them contain unhealthy vegetable or seed oils. You will need to learn to make replacements yourself with yummy things like avocado, coconut cream and olive oils. You will probably actually like them better!
- You can start by shopping around the outer aisles of the grocery store, but make sure you read the labels when purchasing prepackaged products. You can easily make your own salad dressings by looking recipes up online. This puts you in complete control of the ingredients. Purchasing un-processed meat, fresh fruits and vegetables will reduce your chances of consuming these dangerous oils.
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