What Oil Should You Be Cooking With?

Feb 22

These days, I rarely watch television, and especially the commercials, because of the vast amount of misinformation that it shares, and the brief few minutes that I had it on this morning to listen to the news for the weather reminded me why.  I sat and listened to a commercial explaining why Mazola corn oil was the superior choice to olive oil when it came to cooking.  The truth is, NEITHER are a good choice when it comes to cooking, but if I had to choose one, it would definitely not be corn oil.  This was just further reinforcement for why I never listen to commercials when it comes to making choices on what I should be eating.  Seeing this blatant misinformation being shared was the inspiration that I needed to share today’s blog. Unfortunately, the most commonly used oils are the least healthy option.   Vegetable oils such as the corn oil being advertised, as well as canola oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil and others are the most dangerous because the high heat causes the oil to oxidize which destroys badly needed antioxidants that keep our immune systems up.  Doing this promotes free radicals which in turn causes inflammation and leads to disease in the body.  Another big reason to avoid these oils is that nearly all of them are derived from GMO crops, and genetically modified foods cause a whole host of problems in the body which leads to illness and disease. As people have recently become more aware of the downside of these oils, olive oil started to become the more popular choice to cook with.  While olive oil can be a healthy choice when cooking isn’t involved such as on your salad, that’s not the case with cooking.  The problem with olive oil is that it’s primarily a monounsaturated fat making it potentially carcinogenic (cancer causing) at higher cooking temperatures. So what should you be considering when making your decision on what to cook with?  Well the first thing that you should look at is whether the oil you are using is highest in one of three categories which are monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated.  Here is a chart below that shows a breakdown of the different...

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The Politics Of How GMO’s Got Into Our Food Supply

Feb 04

As many of you who read this blog know, my journey to find ways to stay healthy began with the cancer diagnosis’ of both my wife and son.  Of the many things that I’ve researched to improve one’s chances of maintaining their health, the most important issue is the understanding of GMO’s and how harmful that they can be to the human body.  If you want more details of why GMO’s are as harmful as they are, where you find them, and how to avoid them, you should start by reading my December 17th blog here, or by watching what you will find on the video page of this site. I wanted to take the opportunity to go back and help you really understand how this unbelievable threat to the health of our nation came into existence in the first place, and why it was allowed.  The goal is to paint a clear picture of that with this post.  When you are done reading this, it should be clear that we are ON OUR OWN when it comes to protecting ourselves and our families from the harmful ingredients allowed into our food supply.  Before 95% of this country’s soy and 90% of its corn could become genetically modified and find its way into 80% of our processed food in grocery stores nationwide, it had to be approved. That all started with Monsanto, the inventor of the GMO.  From a business standpoint, their plan was brilliant.  The invention of GMO seed to be sold to our nation’s farmers would boost their bottom line in a variety of ways.  First, it would ensure that they would be able to boost sales of their toxic “RoundUp” pesticide spray to the farmers.  The new seed would protect crops from being doused by ever increasing amounts of this spray.  Secondly, it would ensure a residual business for the company as the seeds were patented, and would actually SELF DESTRUCT at the end of each season so that farmers couldn’t save and replant their seeds as they had done for thousands of years.  This was known as “Terminator Seed” technology.  Lastly, they could charge farmers licensing fees and royalty fees because after all, they owned...

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