Toxic Oil by David Gillespie – my take on the book by Professor Dr Shirley Mcilvenny

Well for a start there’s a bit of scaremongering. It starts with ‘vegetable oil makes you exceedingly vulnerable to cancer’ a statement that’s bound to frighten most of the population.

He does a good job of summarising the awful history of how fat became a dirty word in our diet -from Ancel Keys and his biased research to the present day- pointing out that saturated fat has finally been vindicated as a cause of heart disease.

The bottom line is that vegetable oils from canola, sunflower oil and soybean are highly processed and sold as cooking oils, margarine and salad dressings. They are also used to make baked goods and fast food like fries and chips. The use of these oils was partly based on their cheaper price but also government encouragement to switch from animal fats like lard, to vegetable or seed oils which are high in polyunsaturates.
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