Since the year 2000, the consumption of canola oil in Australia has increased by 240%. You know canola oil – the oil that is found in so many of our foods, including roasted nuts, peanut butter, chocolates, protein powders – and don’t forget, the majority of baked goods! Its the oil that fast food joints now use to claim that they are “healthy”…or “healthier”. It is also the oil dieticians tell us to eat to lower our cholesterol and risk of heart attack.
So if dietician associations around the globe are promoting this so called “healthy” fat, why shouldn’t we be eating it?
In 2008, GE canola was introduced in Australia through Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GE canola seeds. As the name suggests, these seeds have been genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup.
So what?! Doesn’t this mean we can increase crop yields and produce more food? Well, yes…but at what cost?
Roundup contains a chemical called glyphosate, which, when sprayed onto crops, kills all diseases on the plant, but not the yield.
However, when we ingest foods sprayed with glyphosate (even after they have been thoroughly washed), the chemical particles still in the food kill off all bacteria in our gut. This includes the good bacteria.
Without this good bacteria in our gut we can’t produce optimum levels of tryptophan. Without tryptophan we can’t produce serotonin, which assists in the regulating our blood sugar. The inability to regulate blood sugar levels is also known as diabetes!
But GE foods and glyphosate haven’t just been linked to diabetes. Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says glyphosate is possibly “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies“.
The scary thing is, canola oil is used in just about everything we eat – even in the feed meals given to the meats we eat. What’s more frightening is the fact that dieticians (and other health specialists) are telling us that this oil is healthy.