Oils are unhealthy now

Another study in the neverending uncertainty about what is healthy or unhealthy to eat says that vegetable oils used for cooking are unhealthy.

Cooking with vegetable oils releases toxic cancer-causing chemicals, say experts

Cooking with vegetable oils releases toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases, according to leading scientists, who are now recommending food be fried in olive oil, coconut oil, butter or even lard.

The results of a series of experiments threaten to turn on its head official advice that oils rich in polyunsaturated fats – such as corn oil and sunflower oil – are better for the health than the saturated fats in animal products.

Scientists found that heating up vegetable oils led to the release of high concentrations of chemicals called aldehydes, which have been linked to illnesses including cancer, heart disease and dementia.

Martin Grootveld, a professor of bioanalytical chemistry and chemical pathology, said his research showed “a typical meal of fish and chips”, fried in vegetable oil, contained as much as 100 to 200 times more toxic aldehydes than the safe daily limit set by the World Health Organisation.

In contrast, heating up butter, olive oil and lard in tests produced much lower levels of aldehydes. Coconut oil produced the lowest levels of the harmful chemicals.

We have had “butter is unhealthy” rammed down our throats for years.

Coconut oil was rated here as the most healthy. Last year the Herald reported:

Coconut oil seen as health hazard

Coconut oil is high in saturated fat and should not be used as regular cooking oil despite being the “trendy thing”, the New Zealand Heart Foundation says.

The foundation commissioned food industry consultant Dr Laurence Eyres to review existing research on coconut oil and its effect on heart health after what it deemed was “widespread misinformation” about the benefits.

Coconut oil had been heavily marketed over recent years as a “super-food” but Eyres said the health claims did not stack up.

“Traditionally, coconut oil hasn’t been recommended because it is extremely high in saturated fat. This advice remains, despite the large number of marketing claims to the contrary,” he said.

Switching to coconut oil was likely to lead to an increase in cholesterol levels and could potentially increase the risk of coronary heart disease, Eyres said.

If we avoided eating everything found in a study to be unhealthy – fats, oils, salt, sugar, processed foods etc there wouldn’t be much left for us to choose from.

A lack of variety is probably bad for us as well.

The stress and worry about whether what we are eating might kill us might end up killing us.

The best dietary advice seems to be moderation in everything. Bacause as the saying goes, if you don’t eat you don’t shit. And if you donm’t shit you die.