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Urgent: Throw These Cooking Oils in the Trash

Next, whether you’re shopping at a supermarket or a farmer’s market, here are the 9 signs of a high-quality, healthy food:

1. It’s grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers (organic foods fit this description, but so do some non-organic foods)

2. It’s not genetically modified, and contains †NO GM ingredients

3. It contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs

4. It does not contain artificial anything, nor any preservatives

5. It is a whole food, and this means it will not have a long list of ingredients (for instance, high-quality almond butter should contain almonds (preferably raw) and maybe sea salt — no added oils, sugars, etc.)

6. It is fresh (if you have to choose between wilted organic produce or fresh local conventional produce, the latter is the better option)

7. It did not come from a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO)

8. It is grown with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free-range access to the outdoors)

9. It is grown in a sustainable way (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)

When you keep these principles in mind when you shop for food, the definition of the word “natural” on a label becomes a moot point. You needn’t rely on buzz words and other “green” marketing tricks to determine a truly healthy food. Instead opt for the freshest foods in the least processed and least altered forms, and this will almost always be the healthiest choice.

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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, 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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