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Toxins Hidden in your Family's Food It's getting hot, and this can only mean one thing...summer is coming! Our minds conjure fresh salads drizzled with olive oil and BBQ's in the backyard. But before you plan your next family gathering, consider an often overlooked ingredient on the menu—the oils.
These could actually be causing harm to your family. Many of us want to use 'extra virgin olive oil' for all the wonderful health benefits and taste, but when you go to the trouble of seeking it out and spending the extra money, there is a high chance that it is not virgin at all!
Avoid These Cooking Oils
Not all cooking oils are created equal. New research shows some cooking oils have been linked to many serious diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
Choosing the right fats and oils in your food preparation has a dramatic impact on your health. Oils that are rich in Omega-6 or polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA), hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated, should be completely eliminated from your diet. It is these oils that actually cause serious harm the body.
Examples of these oils include canola (rapeseed), corn, vegetable, safflower, sunflower, peanut, soybean, cottonseed and grapeseed oil. These oils have been wrongly considered "heart-healthy" by the media and many nutrition professionals in the past few decades. However, new data links these oils with many serious diseases, including heart disease and cancer. These oils can also be found in fake butter spreads, most prepackaged foods, canned nuts, and most restaurants use them. Recent studies have shown the average consumption of these oils is an astounding 72 lbs. per person per year!
Oils to AVOID completely:
• Canola Oil
• Corn Oil
• Soybean Oil
• "Vegetable" Oil
• Peanut Oil
• Sunflower Oil
• Safflower Oil
• Cottonseed Oil
• Grapeseed Oil
• All fake butter substitutes
Oils BEST for cooking:
• Coconut Oil/Spray
• Avocado Oil/Spray
• Grassfed Butter/Ghee-Clarified Butter
Light Sautéing/Medium Heat
• Sesame Oil
• Pistachio Oil
• Hazelnut Oil
• Walnut Oil
• Macadamia Nut Oil
A Note on Olive Oil
When heated to approximately 325 degrees, olive oil becomes carcinogenic. Look for extra-virgin olive oil and use it on salads and other cold dishes. Fresh oils in dark bottles are best. Keep in a dark and cool place to keep it from oxidizing too fast. You can store it in the fridge if not using promptly. It will become cloudy in the refrigerator, but will return to normal once back at room temperature. The fats found in olive oil can help lower cholesterol, and aid in the normalization of blood sugar and insulin levels, which can be particularly beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.
Olive Oil Fraud
It is one of the many that are part of the 'Olive Oil Fraud'. A high percentage of the olive oils are not at all what they say on the label.
Just because they say it is 'Extra Virgin Olive Oil' (EVOO) or even 'Certified' does not mean that it actually is. All olive oils are not created equal. A bottle labeled EVOO may not be olive oil and instead be a seed oil which is made to smell and look like olive oil by adding a few drops of chlorophyll and beta-carotene making it part of the olive oil fraud.
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'Olive Oil Fraud' oils that failed to meet EVOO standards:
• Filippo Berio
• Newman's Own
• Whole Foods
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Which carbs are best for my overall health and weight management?
Stick to nutrient-dense whole food sources, preferably organic sources, such as leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, berries and citrus, just to list a few.
Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing a number of degenerative diseases including cancer, diabetes and neurological decline.
Calorie for calorie, fruits and vegetables are powerhouses when compared with grains and other refined products. Grains contain lectins that can destroy the lining of the gastrointestinal tract which interferes with digestion and nutrient absorption. In the last 130 years of increased grain consumption, chronic disease rates have skyrocketed and the average weight of the population has steadily risen.
Unfortunately, grains do not have the nutritional profile that commercials of late make them out to have. When grain is ground into flour, the surface of the grain is increased by 10,000 than the actual grain itself. The resulting high starch food biologically similar to consuming pure sugar. It makes much more sense to get your nutrients from whole foods like vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and healthy fats, which offer much higher nutrient profiles without the drawbacks.