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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 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, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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8:42PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

I love olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil and like to try out a variety of organic oils. Of course, these days some companies mix other oils with olive oil especially for sale in the grocery stores so one has to be careful of the source.

Can't say that I trust GMO products.

"Ant oil", Anteater A?... Here I thought that most anteaters did not bother going to the store and weighing themselves down by carting oils home to cook with as I thought that anteaters simply loved their ants 'dry and perhaps somewhat crispy'.

5:43AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Choose and eat smart

11:15PM PDT on Apr 11, 2014


6:35AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

I am sorry to be the great buzzkill here, but almost every vegetable, fruit and grain you eat is by it's nature "genetically modified" even if you never touch a Monsato product. Most of our grains were "wild grasses" carefully and selectively bred and crossbred for desired traits since mankind started farming! Same for our vegetables and fruits and heck even the domesticated animals we keep (and use for food)!

So don't buy into the terror being spread about all genetically modified foodstuffs or, if you are being completely educated and honest, you will find your menu options GROSSLY curtailed.

It is possible that the scientific shortcuts the likes of Monsato are taking make their GMO products that much more dangerous, I don't know because I haven't read any scientific studies on either side of the debate - but I am no sheep to believe all the hype put out about "evil products". Too many "sky is falling" articles on here to believe them all blindly.

10:22PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

Barbara D has said it all.

8:17PM PST on Feb 27, 2014


4:46PM PST on Feb 26, 2014

thanks for sharing

7:44AM PST on Feb 25, 2014

So which Brand oil is safe ???????

1:46PM PST on Feb 24, 2014

Thanks for the info.

6:24AM PST on Feb 24, 2014

One of the many ways we are allowing monsanto to destroy our food supply. Um, why haven't they been arrested, shut down and prosecuted??

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