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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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9:47AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

thanks for sharing

12:21PM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

I either use real organic butter, which is so good for healing the entire GI tract, or coconut oil, since it's the only oil that doesn't promote inflammation; hasn't been GMO'd so far, and doesn't go rancid quickly as the others do.

2:43AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Six pages to wade through! I thought Care2 had stopped this annoying practice.

11:14PM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

how to tell which zucchini and which squash?

10:45AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

oils ant oils

7:47AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

Thanks , i use olive oil and that is what i am sticking with .

4:26AM PDT on May 31, 2014

The key phrase ( page 2 ):" The main point to remember is that as it stands, in the United States a food can be labeled 100% natural even if it contains GM ingredients."

In Europe these things are banned.

4:21AM PDT on May 31, 2014

Stop call GMOs genetically modified organisms - call them what they are: GENETICALLY MANIPULATED ORGANISMS!

5:19PM PDT on May 24, 2014

What cooking oils should we avoid? I read the article twice. Must have missed the obvious. Help, anyone?

11:58AM PDT on May 22, 2014

Thanks.

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