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Recently I bought a cooking oil that's new to our supermarkets, Canola Oil. I
tried it because the label assured me it was lowest in "bad" fats. However, when I had used half the bottle, I concluded that the label told me surprisingly
little else and I started to wonder: where does canola oil come from?

Olive oil comes from olives, peanut oil from peanuts, sunflower oil from
sunflowers; but what is a canola? There was nothing on the label to enlighten
me, which I thought odd. So, I did some investigating on the Internet. There are
plenty of official Canola sites lauding this new "wonder" oil with all its
low-fat health benefits. It takes a little longer to find sites that tell the
less palatable details.

Here are just a few facts everyone should know before buying anything containing canola. Canola is not the name of a natural plant but a made-up word, from the words "Canada" and "oil". Canola is a genetically engineered plant developed in Canada from the Rapeseed Plant, which is part of the mustard family of plants.

According to AgriAlternatives, The Online Innovation, and Technology Magazine for Farmers, "By nature, these rapeseed oils, which have long been used to
produce oils for industrial purposes, are... toxic to humans and other animals".
(This, by the way, is one of the websites singing the praises of the new canola

Rapeseed oil is poisonous to living things and is an excellent insect repellent.
I have been using it (in very diluted form, as per instructions) to kill the
aphids on my roses for the last two years. It works very well; it suffocates
them. Ask for it at your nursery. Rape is an oil that is used as a lubricant,
fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base and as a illuminate for color pages in

It is an 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 was removed from the feed. Perhaps not scientifically proven, but
interesting all the same. US and Canadian farmers grow genetically engineered
rapeseed and manufacturers use its oil (canola) in thousands of processed foods,
with the blessings of Canadian and US government watchdog agencies. The canola
supporting websites say that canola is safe to use. They admit it was developed
from the rapeseed, but insist that through genetic engineering it is no longer
rapeseed, but "canola" instead.

Except canola means "Canadian oil"; and the plant is still a rape plant, albeit
genetically modified. The new name provides perfect cover for commercial
interests wanting to make millions. Look at the ingredients list on labels.
Apparently peanut oil is being replaced with rape oil. You'll find it in an
alarming number of processed foods. There's more, but to conclude: rape oil was
the source of the chemical warfare agent mustard gas, which was banned after
blistering the lungs and skins of hundred of thousands of soldiers and civilians
during W.W.I. Recent French reports indicate that it was again in use during the
Gulf War.

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

I don't know what you'll be cooking with tonight, but I'll be using olive oil
and old-fashioned butter, from a genetically unmodified cow.

Here is more information..........

Canola oil from the rape seed, referred to as the Canadian oil because Canada is
mainly responsible for it being marketed in the USA. The Canadian government and
industry paid our Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) $50 million dollars
to have canola oil placed on the (GRAS) List "Generally Recognized As Safe" .
Thus a new industry was created. Laws were enacted affecting international
trade, commerce, and traditional diets. Studies with lab animals were
disastrous. Rats developed fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals, and
thyroid gland. When canola oil was withdrawn from their diets, the deposits
dissolved but scar tissue remained on all vital organs. No studies on humans
were made before money was spent to promote Canola oil in the USA.

Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a rare fatal degenerative disease caused by a
build up of long-chain fatty acids (c22 to c28) which destroys the myelin
(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 effect, however it was in an unrefined form.*
(* taken from FATS THAT HEAL AND FATS THAT KILL by Udo Erasmus.)

My cholesterol level was 150. After a year using Canola oil I tested 260. I
switched back to pure olive oil and it has taken 5 years to get it down to 160.
Thus began this project to find answers since most Doctors will say that Canola
oil is O.K.

My sister spilled Canola oil on a piece of fabric, after 5 pre-treatings and
harsh washings, the oil spot still showed. She stopped using Canola oil,
wondering what it did to our insides if it could not be removed from cloth

Our Father bred birds, always checking labels to insure there was no rape seed
in their food. He said, "The birds will eat it, but they do not live very long."

A friend, who worked for only 9 mo. as a quality control taster at an apple-chip
factory where Canola oil was used exclusively for frying, developed numerous
health problems. These included loose teeth & gum disease; numb hands and feet;
swollen arms and legs upon rising in the morning; extreme joint pain especially
in hands, cloudy vision, constipation with stools like black marbles, hearing
loss; skin tears from being bumped; lack of energy; hair loss and heart pains.
It has been five years since she has worked there and still has some joint pain,
gum disease, and numbness.

A fellow worker, about 30 years old, who ate very little product, had a routine
check up and found that his blood vessels were like those of an 80 year old man.
Two employees fed the waste product to baby calves and their hair fell out.
After removing the fried apple chips from the diet their hair grew back in.

My daughter and her girls were telling jokes. Stephanie hit her mom's arm with
the back of a butter knife in a gesture, "Oh mom", not hard enough to hurt. My
daughters arm split open like it was rotten. She called me to ask what could
have caused it. I said, "I'll bet anything that you are using Canola oil". Sure
enough, there was a big gallon jug in the pantry.

Rape seed oil is a penetrating oil, to be used in light industry, not for human
consumption. It contains a toxic substance. (from encyclopedia). Even after the
processing to reduce the erucic acid content, it is still a penetrating oil. We
have found that it turns rancid very fast. Also it leaves a residual rancid odor
on clothing.

Rape seed oil used for stir-frying in China found to emit cancer causing
chemicals. (Rapeseed oil smoke causes lung cancer) Amal Kumar Maj.

The Wall Street Journal June 7, 1995 pB6 (W) pB6 (E) col 1(11 col in).
Compiled by Darleen Bradley.

Canola oil is a health hazard to use as a cooking oil or salad oil. It is not
the healthy oil we thought it was. It is not fit for human consumption, do not
eat canola oil, it can hurt you. Polyunsaturated or not, this is a bad oil.

Be Sure to also read this informative report written by leading health expert
Tom Valentine, Canola Oil Report.