pjsc 106 vegetable oils and margarine suck
One concept that many people on the paleo journey kind of don’t really get is why you shouldn’t consume vegetable oils.I mean, it’s just a little oil, and it comes from plants, like peanuts and corn and soy and canola, so what’s the big deal?
It’s a vegetable after all, right?
Wrong. Vegetable oils like canola (which is actually made from the rape seed plant and renamed for marketing purposes in Canada where most of it is grown) are highly refined, industrial seed oils. I will include a video that shows how it is made- the video is supposed to be extolling the virtues of the oil, but just look at the process as it is portrayed- the heavy machinery needed to extract oil from a hard seeded plant like rape seed or corn, the extreme heating and hydrogenation and harsh chemical extraction...
After witnessing just how vegetable oils are made, almost like refining gasoline, you will wonder why anyone could deem such fake foods even faintly edible!
Because they are loaded with trans fats, which means they are modified to be solid at room temperature, vegetable oils and especially margarine are especially harmful to your heart health. Soy and Canola oils are especially loaded with trans fats, and so are incredibly harmful- avoid them both!
Another problem with vegetable oils is that they are completely Omega 6 fats, which is a real problem in the S.A.D. standard American diet. Our diet is completely flooded with this Omega 6 oil, which should be equally balanced with Omega 3 oils, which is what you get from butter, olive oil, seafood, and pastured meats. If these two types of oil ratios get out of whack, extreme inflammation results throughout the body. Inflammation like this is what causes virtually all modern disease, and so should be avoided at all cost. Getting rid of vegetable oils and replacing them with heart healthy butter and coconut oil will go a long way towards getting rid of inflammation in the body, and also keep you satiated after meals (real fat is very satiating!) so you will stay both healthy AND slim!
There are many other problems with vegetable oils:
In one study, increased Omega-6 in breast milk was associated with asthma and eczema in young children
Studies in both animals and humans have linked increased Omega-6 intake to cancer
One study shows a very strong correlation between vegetable oil consumption and homicide rates
The Omega-6:Omega-3 ratio in blood has been found to be strongly associated with the risk of severe depression
In addition, it has been shown that the trans fats in vegetable oils are very alien, since they are not natural to the human body (we never ate them until about 100 years ago). But the body digests them, and then can’t get rid of them easily, so it stores them as body fat.
But this type of strange fat is “unstable”, trans fats can easily be altered by stimulus, for instance if the trans fat was stored in the skin after digestion, it could easily alter upon exposure to sunlight and become a melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer!
And if it was stored as body tissue in the arteries, it could easily alter in a manner that promotes clotting, which could result in a heart attack.
I hope I’ve convinced you of the incredible evils of vegetable oils, which are better termed industrial seed oils. And bottom line- why deny yourself healthy, satisfying, totally natural God made fats like butter, cream, lard, coconut oil, and even fish oils? Cod liver oil is one of the best foods ever- try to have some every day! If you make a Paleo Green Smoothie like I recommend, that should be one of the ingredients, and after you make it in your Vitamix blender you can store several days worth of smoothie in Ball canning jars in the fridge, and you will be a nutritional golden child.
So do it- get started! Throw out your vegetable oils and margarine, buy good pastured butter (Kerry Gold or Organic Valley), a big jar of coconut oil (get two- one for the bathroom- best moisturizer ever!) and one for the kitchen. And then go to www.paleojay.com, click on the Vitamix link on the right, and order yourself one! Free shipping with my link, and this will be the number one advance in your health you could possibly make. So go ahead, and become the healthiest, happiest you that you can be- it all starts with nutrition!