Vegetable oils are found in practically every processed food, from salad dressings to mayo to even some nuts and seeds. Being manufactured in factories, usually from genetically modified crops treated with pesticides, these oils are some of the most harmful substances you can put into your body.
So, in what ways exactly can vegetable oils be harmful?
- Vegetable oils are loaded with trans fats
Trans fats, aka “the bad fat”, are highly toxic and associated with an increased risk of various diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Soybean and canola oils, specifically, are known to contain very large amounts of trans fats.
- Vegetable oils can lead to inflammation
Vegetable oils are all high in pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids. Too much omega 6 can not only lead to increased inflammation in the body, but is also associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Other conditions of inflammation associated with high omega 6 consumption include: diabetes, obesity, intestinal issues, infertility, high blood pressure, and even cancer.
What vegetable oils should we eliminate?
- canola oil
- margarine & butter spreads
- corn oil
- soybean oil
Remember that not ALL oils are bad, aka: coconut oils, nut oils, avocado oil, MCT oils, and many more. Just be sure to avoid the ones that can be harmful to your health!
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