Before you buy your next bottle of cooking oil...I think: it's important that as many as possible know about the origins of this product. Then, if you choose to buy it, at least you're doing so with your eyes open.
Canola Oil.

I tried it because the label assured me that it was lowest in "bad fats". However, when I had used half ofthe bottle, I concluded that the label told me suprisingly little else and I started to wonder where does canal oil come from? Olive Oil comes from olives, Peanut oil comes from peanuts, sunflower comes from sunflowers; what is a canola? There was nothing on the label to enlighten me, which I thought odd. So, I did some investigating on the Internet. There are plenty of Canola sites lauding this new "wonder" oil with all its low-fat health benefits. It takes a little longer to find sites that tell the less palatable details.

Here are just a few facts everyone should know before buying anything containing canola. Canola is not the name of a natural plant but is a made up word, from the words "Canada" and "oil". Canola is a genetically engineered plant developed in Canada from the Rapeseed Plant. which is part of the mustard family of plants. According to AgriAlternatives, the Online Innovation, and Technology Magazine for Farmers, "By nature, these rapeseed oils, which have long been used to produce oils for industrial purposes, are... toxic to humans and other animals". (This, by the way, is one ofthe websites singing the praises of the new canola oil industry.)

Rapeseed oil is poisonous to living things and is an excellent insect repellent. I have been using it (in a diluted form, as per instructions) to kill the aphids on my roses for the last two years. It works very well; it suffocates them. Ask for it at your nursery. Rape is oil that is used as a lubricant. fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base and as an illuminate for color pages in magazines. It is industrial oil. It is not a food. Rape oil, it seems, causes emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability, and blindness in animals and humans.

Rape oil was widely used in animal feeds in England, and Europe between 1986 and 1991, when it was thrown out. Remember the "Mad Cow disease" scare, when millions of cattle in the UK were slaughtered in case of infecting humans? Cattle were being fed on a mixture containing material from dead sheep, and sheep suffer from a disease called "scrapie". It was thought this was how "Mad Cow" began and started to infiltrate the human chain. What is interesting is that when Rape oil was removed from animal feed, "scrapie" disappeared.

We also haven't seen any further reports of "Mad Cow" since Rape oil has removed from the feed. Perhaps not scientifically proven, but interesting all the same. US and Canadian farmers grow genetically engineered rapeseed and manufacturers use its oil (canola) in thousands of processed foods, with the blessings of Canadian and US government watchdog agencies. The canola supporting websites say that canola is safe to use. They admit it was developed from rapeseed, but insist that through genetic engineering it is no longer rapeseed, but "canola" instead.

Except canola means "Canadian oil", and the plant is still a rape plant, albeit genetically modified. The new name provides perfect cover for commercial interests wanting to make millions. Look at the ingredient list on labels. Apparently peanut oil is being replaced with rape oil.

You'll find canola oil in an alarming number of processed foods. There's more, but to conclude: rape oil was the source ofthe chemical warfare agent mustard gas, which was banned after blistering the lungs and skins of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians during W. W.l. Recent French reports indicate that it was again in use during the Gulf War.

Check products for ingredients. Ifthe label says, "may contain the following" and lists canola oil, you know it contains canola oil because it is the cheapest oil and Canadian government subsidizes it to industries involved in food processing.

Here is more information...Canola oil from the rapeseed, referred to as Canadian oil because Canada is mainly responsible for it being marketed ion the USA. The Canadian government and industry paid our Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) $50 million dollars to have canola oil placed on the "Generally Recognized As Safe" (GRAS) List. Thus a new industry was created. Laws were enacted affecting international trade, commerce, and traditional diets.

Studies with lab animals were disastrous. Rats developed fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals, and thyroid gland. When canola oil was withdrawn from their diets, the deposits dissolved but scar tissue remained on all vital organs. No studies on humans were made before money was spent to promote Canola oil in the USA. Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a rare fatal degenerative disease caused by a (protective sheath) of the nerves.

Canola oil is a very long chain fatty acid oil (c22). Those who will defend canola oil say that the Chinese and Indians have used it for centuries with no ill effect, however it was in an unrefined med form (taken from FATS THAT HEAL AND FATS THAT KILL by Udo Erasmus). My friend's cholesterol level was 150. After using Canola oil, He tested 260. He switched back to pure olive oil and it has taken 5 years to get it down to 160. Thus began this project to fmd answers since most doctors will say that Canola oil is O.K.

Joyce Cappello