What You Need to Know About Cottonseed Oil
By Leanne Ely, CNC
One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to food is when manufacturers don’t give you the whole scoop on a product they’re trying pawn off as food. Don’t lie to me and tell me it’s good for me when it isn’t, right? One of the worst offenders of this practice is cottonseed oil. The cottonseed oil industry has spent a lot of money convincing the public that their product is healthy.
The truth is since our cotton crop is not grown with the food industry in mind, it often has a higher than normal levels of pesticide residue. Add to that, that it is genetically modified and you’ve got the potential for some problems. For example, some of these modifications cause the cotton to produce very toxic protein. And even worse, we don’t have the information about these proteins to be able to discern their potential danger.
Cottonseed oil is in a lot of processed and packaged foods available for purchase at the supermarket. Reading labels can help you avoid it, but with it being so widespread, the most you can hope for is minimizing your exposure when buying packaged foods. This is just another reason I write this stuff–to persuade you to skip the junk and prepare fresh healthy meals for your family.
With good old-fashioned meal planning, you will naturally have the food you need at home to make your family meals that feed their soul and nourish their bodies. If you start freezer cooking, schedule planned shopping trips with your Menu-Mailer, and read labels religiously, you can avoid 99 percent of the toxins in the food supply. Now that IS good news!