Whole Foods is actually a business cashing in based on promoting health trends. However, they do not really pay attention to what`s actually considered healthy. This is the case with canola oil which they use on their in-house foods, but that does not mean that canola oil is healthy.
In fact, Whole Foods was part of the promotion of the GMO- Dark Act, as for sure will be signed soon. That is actually a measure disguised as a compromise and hidden in a different bill. That, in fact, quashed the rights of the states to label.
The GMO labeling law made by the Vermonters came into effect in July. Although the Vermonters made an effort just to create that law, now it shall be revoked by this federal law.
You’ve Been Led to Believe That This Oil Is Healthy
As a matter of fact, the labeling law is lacking genuine force and effectiveness, because it doesn`t even carry out the barcode system. The barcode system is being read only by smartphones. And in the meantime, it is likely to allow the pass of GMO foods because it has many defects in the meaning of GMO and what GMO really is.
So, thanks to Whole Foods for not helping at all. The Canola Oil used in their in-house prepared foods is GMO.
What is Canola Oil?
Canola seed or plant does not exist. It comes from rapeseed plant seed that produces a great amount of oil. As a matter of fact, the oil is not suitable for human consumption. Its purpose is mainly industrial, and it is much alike to the protection of motor oil`s machinery.
The oil has erucic acid that contributes to fatty deposits in the muscles of the heart of humans and animals. That is the main reason why humans should not use it.
However, that toxin is not a problem nowadays, because with hybrid breeding the erucic acid was eliminated from the present versions of the plant seeds. The Canola seeds or better to say a crop of rapeseed is not genetically modified in order to be Roundup Ready. The processing of Canola oil makes it dangerous in terms of the health.
In fact, a great number of foods with Canola oils are GMO ones since 80-90% of Canola come from rapeseed seeds treated with Roundup Ready, a heavy glyphosate pesticide. Also, bear in mind that the Canola oil is a cheap processed oil.
So Why It Is Called Canola Oil Rather Than Rapeseed Oil?
Canada has a large number of rapeseed plants and they renamed the oil to Canola in order to encourage the farmers to start growing it. CAN stands for Canada and OLA for factors of the oil and the low level of erucic acid. So, canola oil refers to Canadian oil.
In order to prolong the shelf life of the oil, it is partially hydrogenated and treated with high heat. Trans-fats are known as partially hydrogenated oil, so is this oil.
So if we know how is made, why that is not on the label? Well actually, processed food manufacturers are allowed by the FDA to label the Canola Oil as “no trans-fats”? They consider that a 5 gr. of trans fats per serving is the same as 0 gr.
What makes the oil unhealthy is that is chemically deodorized with bleaching and hexane along with the high heating process. Despite the horrific results from the animal testing in different diseases from Canola oil, the Canadian government and the Canola Industry paid 50 million dollars to the FBA to take the status GRAS. The GRAS status is generally considered as safe.
Make sure you avoid products labeled with Canola oil, because it is probably the cheapest Canola oil used in that product. I guess that the FDA, Whole Foods and the processed food industry go by the slogan – the cheaper, the better.
Instead try and use coconut oil, flax seed, olive oil, avocado oil and other oil that cold pressed and not heated. The cold pressed oils are actually the one that are safe. Just remember that the oil that are highly processed are inflammatory.