When I was growing up, we were told seed oils like canola, safflower, and sunflower oils were far healthier than olive oil and butter. I guess few decided to research how they were made. It was just something most of us believed. Seed oils are terrible for our health. Here is the process of how they are made:
First, seeds are gathered from the soy, corn, cotton, safflower, and rapeseed plants.
Next, the seeds are heated to extremely high temperatures; this causes the unsaturated fatty acids in the seeds to oxidize, creating byproducts that are harmful to human and animal health.
The seeds are then processed with a petroleum-based solvent, such as hexane, to maximize the amount of oil extracted from them.
Next, industrial seed oil manufacturers use chemicals to deodorize the oils, which have a very off-putting smell once extracted. The deodorization process produces trans fats, which are well known to be quite harmful to human health.
Finally, more chemicals are added to improve the color of the industrial seed oils.
“This process uses bleach, lye, and hexane to transform an inedible product into a low-grade toxin that may not kill you immediately, but which causes long-term health problems. Soybean oil and all other seed oils must be processed in the same industrial manner because of the tiny amount of oil encapsulated in each tough little seed. Only a factory method using volatile chemicals is able to extract enough of that oil to make it lucrative for the extractor.
“Before seed oils came onto the scene, heart attacks were unheard of: cardiologists in the early 20th century never saw them, and any sudden heart failure leading to death was due to a congenital defect. Cancer was rare and so was obesity. Then the captains of industry found out that they could dump their waste onto the food supply through the magic of industrial chemistry—similar to how they dumped fluoride in the water supply—by offering payola to medical associations for a stamp of approval. They also dangled the prospect of future high-paying jobs to government workers as long as they approve their toxins as food.” (From this article about seed oils)
There was a video made 10 years ago showing us how seed oils were made, and the video was supposed to teach us how healthy seed oils are for us! This video shows that the seeds take a 70 minute bath in Hexane which is a “significant constituent of gasoline.” Seed oils are extremely inflammatory in the human body. They aren’t food, and they aren’t for human consumption.
Did you know that seed oils are in almost everything? Most chips, cereals, cookies, salad dressings, and everything else are filled with seed oils. Most people are eating a lot of healthy destroying seed oils every day. The healthy fats are butter, tallow, ghee, coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oil. The bad fats are canola, soybean, sunflower, corn, safflower, grapeseed, margarine, cottonseed, and peanut oil. Begin replacing all of the food you eat with food that has healthy fats in it. I have a great salad dressing recipe with healthy fats, and here are two recipes for mayonnaise! It’s one of the best things you can do to improve the health of your family.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31