Processed To Death – Get These Cooking Oils Out of Your Pantry STAT!

Whenever I see the chefs on Food Network using canola oil I want to scream at the TV… and I have to admit, I sometimes do.

That’s because for years I was misled into thinking that canola oil was healthy and would buy quarts of it. I recently received an email newsletter from “CanolaInfo.org” with their “Top 10 Pantry Essentials” for a healthy 2015, and of course canola oil was at the top of their list. The canola industry is doing an amazing job marketing canola oil as “heart healthy” and “natural”, but it’s a total sham. I feel the same way about corn oil and recent commercials proclaiming that it’s healthier than olive oil. We’re being persuaded to believe these oils are healthy, thanks in part to the work of the Canola Council, the Corn Refiners Association, and their own (industry funded) research. In reality, these popular oils have been mass marketed as “healthy” largely based on biased research, and after you hear the truth you will avoid them like the plague. Here’s why:

They Are Processed to Death…

Most cooking oils go through an insane amount of processing with chemical solvents, steamers, neutralizers, de-waxers, bleach and deodorizers before they end up in the bottle. If you watch this video on the modern canola oil making process, and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

What they don’t tell you in this video is that the “solvent” that is most often used to extract the oil is the neurotoxin hexane – and as you can see it’s literally bathed in it. Hexane is a cheap byproduct from gasoline production, that’s a serious occupational hazard and toxic air pollutant. It’s been shown that some hexane residue can remain in the oil, and the FDA doesn’t require food manufacturers to test for residues. Residue tests done by the Cornucopia Institute in 2009 found hexane residues in soybean oil. So, we very well could be eating this chemical everytime we cook with hexane-extracted oils. Almost all toxicology research focuses on the industrial use and inhalation of hexane, so no one knows exactly how dangerous eating it is – but it surely isn’t healthy.

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How To Buy The Healthiest Coconut Water And Avoid The Worst!

I love coconut water! When I’m traveling in the tropics, there is nothing better than drinking water straight from a coconut. Mother nature designed the perfect vessel for a drink that is so refreshing, slightly sweet, and keeps you hydrated in hot climates. You’ve probably heard that coconut water makes an excellent hydrating drink that replenishes electrolytes and can replace nasty chemical-filled Gatorade and Powerade – but there really is more to it than that. How do you buy the healthiest coconut water and avoid the worst?

The Best Coconut Water

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What Do You Do When A Recipe Calls For Crisco? Blueberry Lemon Scones + Giveaway!

If given the choice between a muffin and a scone, I’ll take the scone every single time. I’ve even been known to eat scones for dessert (instead of breakfast) on more than one occasion. There’s something about that dry, flaky texture that I love. For some reason, however, I haven’t made scones that often until now. Living an organic, non-GMO lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods. You just need to know how to make them with the cleanest ingredients. This recipe for blueberry lemon scones is fantastic and super easy. The scones are perfect for a weekend brunch, a treat or to make ahead and freeze for later. 

Blueberry Lemon Scones

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Nutiva Superfood Sampler Pack Giveaway ($600 value!)

It is no secret, that I am a huge fan of Nutiva, a company that sells the most amazing superfoods on the planet. Not only do they source non-GMO and organic ingredients but they also care incredibly about the environment and have donated serious money to GMO labeling efforts across the US.

To celebrate my love, they are hosting a fabulous giveaway of their superfood gift packs to 10 members of the #FoodBabeArmy! 

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