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Avoiding the Trap: Understanding the Dangers of Seed Oils

When looking to find health and wellness within ourselves and in life, we often start by looking at our food choices. We start by adding fruits and vegetables and reaching for more proteins such as chicken and steak to keep us full. However, what you may be cooking those foods in, could be detrimental to your health.


Seed oils are oils derived from various plants, which may sound healthy and appealing to most, however, this is far from the truth. They often undergo extensive processing methods or are chemically extracted, stripping away any nutritional value.


Some of the more known seed oils are canola, sunflower, soybean, and corn oil. They're commonly used in restaurants, processed foods, salad dressings, and found in most grocery stores because they're inexpensive to produce, inexpensive to customers, and have a long shelf life.


Seed oils contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids; this means our body needs them to function but has to get them from our diet because we cannot produce them. However, they need to be balanced properly in our diet to help us. One of the essential omega-6 fatty acids found in seed oils is linoleic acid. An overemphasis on linoleic acid can disrupt the body's natural functioning and contribute to an increased risk of chronic conditions such as inflammation, cardiovascular disease, obesity, insulin resistance, and more. It is crucial to monitor linoleic acid intake and maintain a balanced diet to mitigate potential negative health impacts.


These oils are usually processed at extreme temperatures. According to the National Library of Medicine, "the thermal oxidation of cooking oil generates free radicals, and dietary consumption of such oil results in detrimental health effects." When consumed, these oxidized oils can contribute to oxidative stress in our bodies, causing cellular damage and increasing the risk of chronic diseases.


So now let's talk about the alternatives. My favorite oils to use are avocado oil and olive oil. The entire avocado or entire olive is pressed to get the oil out of the fruit. It is then filtered to separate the oil from the fruit and refined. There is no harsh processing and they give you great antioxidants. Another great alternative is pure butter and beef tallow, just make sure to check the labels. There isn't anything much more natural than beef tallow.


None of this may matter to the average person. Seed oils are in almost all processed goods, including protein bars, protein shakes, and even oat milk; all things that are supposed to be healthy for you. They are a pain to try to avoid, but it's worth it. You'll be at a lower risk of Cardiovascular disease, have less inflammation, and reduce negative byproducts in your body.



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Brittany Rodriguez
Brittany Rodriguez
Jun 22, 2023

This was a great article! Informative and to the point :) Thank you!

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Unknown member
Jun 22, 2023

So true regarding seed oils hiding in "healthy" foods! Great reminder to be aware of ingredients.

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helenobutler
Jun 22, 2023

I also prefer to use avacado and Olive oils.


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