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The Truth About Canola Oil at Whole Foods – Thomas DeLauer
You’ve probably seen before when you walk into a Whole Foods grocery store, you look at the salad bar, that there’s expeller pressed canola oil on just about everything. I used to raise questions on this simply because from a metabolic standpoint, I always wondered why they had to put some fat on everything. I didn’t understand. The added calories, the added fat to carbs. It just didn’t make sense. Even if you’re going to Whole Foods and you wanted to get some rice, it would almost always say that there was expeller pressed canola oil on the rice. Of course, if we look at it from the metabolic standpoint, you should never be mixing fats and carbs. This is not a good thing to do.
But it goes a lot deeper then the metabolic side of things. I want to do a deep dive into why Whole Foods is using this canola oil, and why we really need to be trepidacious. But do want to first off say it. Yeah, I shop at Whole Foods from time to time, and I eat at the salad bars when I’m traveling. I doesn’t mean you should avoid it at all costs, but it’s important you know exactly what’s going on and why Whole Foods does this. It’s quite honestly, it’s not a good thing at all. The reason the Whole Foods puts canola oil on their food, particularly in the salad bars, and in their baked goods, is because it preserves the shelf life of the food.
If you’re talking about putting it on something that’s in the salad bar, like rice or anything like that, it’s going to allow that rice to sit in the salad bar a little bit longer before ever having an issue. It’s not just because it’s encapsulating it in fat. It does this because canola oil is a trans fat. If you’ve seen my other videos, you know how I talk about trans fats. Trans fats are fats that have been artificially turned into partially saturated fats, so that they don’t oxidize. So they last longer, when they’re on the shelf. In this case, in a salad bar. It makes sense in theory. Whole Foods is trying to make it so that their profit margins are a little bit better by being able to leave food out on the shelves a little bit longer, or in this case, in the salad bar.
Makes it so they don’t have to rotate their stock as much, they can leave food out there for the day, and sometimes they even leave it in the back overnight and put it back out in the morning. I’ve definitely seen them do that. The same asparagus that’s sitting out there at night, somehow magically ends up there in the morning. Personally I’ve seen that. So it ends up raising question in the first place of how fresh this Whole Foods really. That’s not what I really want to talk about today. I want to talk about canola oil. So let’s do a deep dive into canola oil right now. First off, we have to know that canola oil is a trans fat. Whether you like it or not, trans fat isn’t just always this crazy-looking artificial saturated fat. Trans fats appear in all kinds of things, and when restaurants are cooking with canola oil, they’re adding trans fats in.
So when Whole Foods is adding trans fats and canola oil into the food that’s at the salad bar, we’re running into the same situation. We have to remember why trans fats are created. Trans fats are created again, to preserve that freshness. That’s why peanut butter looks the way it does. Then when you’re buying low quality peanut butter that doesn’t naturally separate, there’s usually hydrogenation involved. So again, Whole Foods is doing this to the salad bar. But we have to look now, at where canola oil comes from. Canola oil comes from a seed called the rapeseed.
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