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Addressing some of the myths surrounding canola oil
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Addressing some of the myths surrounding canola oil
There is a lot of misinformation being passed on the net about soy as well as other things. The people who start these rumors rely on two things in human nature. One that people tend to focus on and accept negative things readily. And second that most people are too lazy to research the claims to see if they are true before repeating them. As a great example look at the myth going around the net claiming that canola oil contains toxic mustard oil that was used during WWI to make mustard gas:

"There's more, but to conclude: rape oil was the source of the chemical warfare agent mustard gas, which was banned after blistering the lungs and skins of hundred of thousands of soldiers and civilians during W.W.I. Recent French reports indicate that it was again in use during the
Gulf War."

First of all mustard oil has a very particular smell. If you want to know what it smells like just smell some fresh horseradish. So why doesn't canola oil have a smell? Because it does not contain mustard oil. As for the other myth mustard oil was NEVER used to produce mustard gas. Mustard gas is a COMPLETELY synthetic compound:

In fact virtually everything being claimed about canola is made up. One of the few real facts is that it has been used as an industrial oil. Then again so has nearly all commercial food oils. Even flax seed oil is used as a varnish under its other name linseed oil.
07-04-2012 03:40 AM
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