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Urgent: Throw These Cooking Oils in the Trash

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Urgent: Throw These Cooking Oils in the Trash

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In the words of Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser:

“If they have to put the word ‘natural’ on a box to convince you, it probably isn’t.”

But this doesn’t stop countless processed food manufacturers from boldly labeling their products as 100% natural in the hopes of appealing to health-minded shoppers like you.

After all, products labeled as “natural” or “sustainable” account for $50 billion in sales annually, or 8 percent of total retail grocery sales, and the numbers are likely growing.

When you see a supposedly “natural” product, like ConAgra’s Wesson brand vegetable oils claim to be, you would probably assume they contain no genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which by definition are not found in nature.

But Wesson oils, specifically the Canola Oil, Vegetable Oil, Corn Oil, and Best Blend, do in fact contain GMOs, prompting a class-action lawsuit over their misleading “100% natural” label claim.

Any GM Product is, by Definition, NOT Natural

The lawsuit alleges that ConAgra’s use of GM corn and soy in their cooking oils disqualifies the product as being labeled “all-natural.” The plaintiffs cite two very fitting definitions of genetic modification to prove their point, including one from biotech giant, and leading GM seed creator, Monsanto.

As Food Safety News reported:

“According to Monsanto, GMOs are: “Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs.” †The complaint also quotes a GMO definition from the World Health Organization: “Organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.”

It will be interesting to see how the lawsuit turns out, as a conviction against ConAgra could have important consequences for the manufacturers of countless other processed foods. Virtually all processed foods contain GM ingredients, unless they are certified organic, and many of them also claim to be all natural.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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8:26AM PST on Feb 3, 2015

Wow, just when I thought I knew it all, I keep learning more!

9:22AM PST on Jan 15, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

9:28PM PST on Jan 6, 2015

noted

5:10AM PST on Jan 5, 2015

Thanks for sharing

5:29AM PST on Jan 4, 2015

Ty

5:28AM PST on Jan 4, 2015

Ty

8:02PM PST on Jan 3, 2015

Labels should definitely be accurate, or what's the point, except to mislead on purpose.

1:06AM PST on Dec 12, 2014

Noted- thank you

6:22PM PST on Dec 11, 2014

I never use anything but coldpressed organic extra virgin olive oil or organic coconut oil to cook in. Fortunately we have very few gmo's in Australia and those are all clearly labelled as per our strict labelling laws


6:21PM PST on Dec 11, 2014

I never use anything but coldpressed organic extra virgin olive oil or organic coconut oil to cook in. Fortunately we have very few gmo's in Australia and those are all clearly labelled as per our strict labelling laws.

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