Although naturally-oriented nutritionists and doctors have known for nearly a century that ‘trans-fatty acids’ in foods are bad for our health, for many of those years they (myself included) were ignored or even ridiculed by mainstream medicine and so called public health ‘authorities’. Now those doing the ridiculing have finally come around to our position during the last two decades. Unfortunately, it appears that at least one ‘trans-fat’ substitute being planned for foods is just as bad, and possibly worse, than the ‘trans-fats’ it’s replacing!
Two of the largest US-based chemical companies, Michigan’s Dow Chemical and Delaware’s Dupont Chemical are busily preparing substitutes for formerly trans-fatty acid containing foods. But, it appears one of these chemical companies is doing things the right way and the other one the wrong way.
According to Chemical and Engineering News (12 March 2012, page 30) Dow Chemical plans to sell ‘high-oleic acid sunflower and canola oils’ as replacements. The ‘high-oleic acid’ part is excellent, especially if it comes from natural sunflower oil. Oleic acid is a mono-unsaturated fatty acid, which oxidises much less easily than poly-unsaturated fatty acids, including trans-fatty acids, so it creates fewer free radicals for our bodies to detoxify. And, if my research is correct, Dow Chemical deserves some praise because it plans on using canola oil that isn’t derived from a genetically engineered version of the rapeseed plant.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Dupont Chemical. Dupont plans to introduce ‘Plenish®’, oil derived from GMO soyabeans. According to Chemical and Engineering News ‘The Dupont team engineered genes from soyabean plants to block the formation of enzymes that continue the cascade downstream from oleic acid…’ And that’s a problem! No longterm research has been published (likely none has been done) examining the potential bad effects of blocking the formation of enzymes that nature and creation intended to be in the soyabean. Very likely no research has been done searching for other adverse effects of this genetic engineering, either.
While it’s true that – like Dow Chemical’s oils – Plenish® has a higher ratio of monounsaturated to polyunsaturated fats, 100 per cent of it has been taken from a GMO plant. GMO plants not only contain unnaturally inserted genes, but they are also likely to be sprayed with Roundup®, which often leaves residues in the foods that come from that plant. According to Chemical and Engineering News, this oil is to be introduced into our food supply in 2013. But before that even happens, 40 food manufacturers are ‘experimenting with Plenish®’ in 2012.
How can we tell if Dupont’s GMO-derived oil, that is planned to be introduced into our food supply very soon, is in the foods we eat? As already mentioned, if you live in Europe you simply need to read the label and steer clear of any GMO-containing or GMO-derived foods.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Volume 6, Issue 7 – July 2012
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