Oils such as canola and sunflower oil are chemically processed, prone to oxidation, inflammatory, nutrient depleting, pro-aging, and hormone disrupting substances, that are not suitable for human consumption. To this list please add: grapeseed oil, peanut oil, sesame oil*, safflower oil, soybean oil, and corn oil.
Dear Company X, please stop adding toxic oils to your food products.
Meredith Dairy – I’m sorry to break it to you, but their “Goat Cheese with extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs and garlic” also contains canola oil.
Sanitarium – did you know Up & Go contains both sunflower and canola oil, amongst many other horrendous ingredients (skim milk powder, cane sugar, wheat maltodextrin, soy protein, hi-maize™ starch, corn syrup solids….). This is not food.
Smith’s – yes, even store-bought plain potato chips contain canola or sunflower oil. This unfortunately also applies to many “healthy” or “vegie” chips that even your health food store sells. As always, please read the label.
Please avoid consuming any of these oils. Check your labels but most importantly remember this: food comes off a tree, from an animal, or out of the ground. There are exceptions to every rule, but as always, the answer comes back to real food.
If you have other examples you’d like us to include, please comment below. Together we can stop companies essentially destroying our health with these toxic ingredients.
For more information, I highly recommend Toxic Oil by David Gillespie.
*Please note: good quality sesame oil is fine to use for cold uses like salad dressing, but the context here is chemically processed heat treated oils commonly used in food manufacturing. Avoid these.