Whole Foods: Stop Using Canola Oil in Your Prepared Foods!
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Every day at Whole Foods markets in the United States and Canada stores prepare and sell prepackaged foods to an unsuspecting public who trust the ingredients used in their store-made products are safe. Canola oil, a genetically modified bi-product of the previously FDA banned rapeseed oil, is the oil used in hundreds of prepared food items at Whole Foods Market and we the people will not accept this any longer. The health-conscious public who keep Whole Foods' doors open deserves more and the word is spreading. Besides signing this petition I urge you to write comment cards, speak to your store manager, and store employees.
More information on canola oil below but here are a few excerpts:
"Studies of Canola oil done on rats indicate many problems, such as developing fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals, and thyroid gland. When the Canola oil was withdrawn from their diet, the deposits dissolved, but scar tissue remained on the organs. Why were no studies done on humans before the FDA placed it on the GRAS list?"
"Canola oil depresses the immune system and causes it to “go to sleep.”"
"All canola oil is genetically modified."
As Ty Bollinger, author of the best-selling book, "Cancer - Step Outside the Box," states:
"Did you know that there is no such thing as a “Canola” plant? Olive oil comes from olives, grapeseed oil comes from grape seeds, peanut oil comes from peanuts, and Canola oil comes from… rapeseed. What’s wrong with this picture? Many companies are selling Canola oil as the “healthy” alternative, but Canola oil is nothing more than “bastardized” oil made from genetically modified rapeseed plants. The problem was that “rapeseed oil” was so toxic that the FDA banned it for human consumption in 1956. So when Canadian growers bred a new variety of rapeseed in the 1970’s with a lower content of the toxic erucic acid, they decided they needed a new name for it. The name of the new oil was L.E.A.R. (Low Erucic Acid Rapeseed) oil, but it was eventually renamed “Canola” for marketing reasons, because no company wanted to be associated with a product having “rape” in its name and “rapeseed” oil was well-known to be a toxic oil.
The term Canola was coined from “Canadian oil, low acid” to convince consumers that this “newer and better” rapeseed oil was safe to eat. You see, rapeseed oil was banned from foods, probably because it attacks the heart to cause permanent degenerative lesions and is better used as an industrial lubricant, fuel, soap, and synthetic rubber base. The truth is that rapeseed is the most toxic of all food oil plants. Even insects won’t eat it! That’s right, Canola oil is a very effective insecticide, and it is the primary ingredient in many “organic” (non-chemical) pesticide control products sprayed on vegetables to kill bugs.
In 1985, the Canadian government allegedly paid the FDA the sum of $50 million dollars to have Canola oil placed on the GRAS list (Generally Recognized As Safe). The Canadian government subsidizes most of rapeseed planting and harvesting. Those plants are cheap, easy to grow and a natural insect resistant, and Canola oil is cheaper and easier to use for processed foods than more expensive, healthier cold pressed oils such as olive oil. Because Canola oil is so cheap, it is now widely used in the food industry. For instance, almost all peanut butter now has a Canola oil base, which gives it the “spreadability” and smoothness. Natural peanut butter should only have peanuts and salt listed in the ingredients.
Studies of Canola oil done on rats indicate many problems, such as developing fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals, and thyroid gland. When the Canola oil was withdrawn from their diet, the deposits dissolved, but scar tissue remained on the organs. Why were no studies done on humans before the FDA placed it on the GRAS list?
Canola oil depresses the immune system and causes it to “go to sleep.” Canola oil is high in glycosides which cause health problems by blocking enzyme function, and its effects are cumulative, taking years to show up. One possible effect of long term use is the destruction of the protective coating surrounding nerves called the myelin sheath. When this protective sheath is gone, our nerves short-circuit causing erratic, uncontrollable movements.
Another problem is that almost all Canola oil is genetically modified. And lastly, please be aware that Canola is a “trans fat” and has been shown to have a direct link to cancer. Trans fats, including hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, cause damage to the cell walls and inhibit oxygen uptake, thus causing cells to turn cancerous. Avoid all of them!!"
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