corn oil

  1. Corn oil could lead to cancer

    Corn oil in frightening new cancer link

    It's amazing how quickly one little bit of over-simplified diet advice can turn into a public health disaster -- but that's exactly what's happened over the past half century.

    The feds have warned that saturated fats are BAD and that you need to replace them with plant oils.

    Sure, too much saturated fat certainly is bad for you, and of course it's true that some plant oils are incredibly healthy.

    But SOME plant oils are even WORSE than saturated fats -- and the latest research shows how one of the most commonly-used plant oils of all can pack a deadly risk.

    Corn oil, a kitchen staple in homes across the country, can set the stage for the kind of damage in your intestine that can lead to cancer.

    The study on mice finds that using corn oil for a short period of time causes a part of the immune system known as the complement system to kick into overdrive, which leads to inflammation and allows antibodies to attack the membrane of the intestine.

    And that's great -- if there's something there that needs to be attacked.

    But when it's activated to fight against nothing, it damages the intestine walls and allows tumors to form and thrive.

    As a result, mice in the study developed polyps after being placed on the corn oil diet.

    That would help explain a bizarre trend in public health that scientists have struggled to understand: While most other cancers are on the decline, colorectal cancers have seen an increase since the 1970s, especially in younger people who used to never be at risk for this disease.

    That would roughly coincide with the mass shift away from saturated fats and toward corn oil. And while the corn oil may not be the sole reason, it's certainly possible it could be playing a role here.

    The study also found a link to coconut oil, but that may be due to the fact that the most common form of coconut oil is highly refined and in some cases even made from rancid coconut byproducts.

    I doubt extra-virgin coconut oil would have the same risk.

    The study found that another oil didn't see any increase in risk at all -- and I'll bet you can guess what it is. It's just about the healthiest plant oil of all: olive oil.

    It's so good for you that it actually matches or even beats certain heart drugs, but without the risks of medication.

    Learn more about how to pick the right olive oil in this free report from my House Calls archives. It's not as easy as you'd think!

  2. Corn oil is not good for you

    Never cook with corn oil

    Corn oil is everywhere. It's cheap, widely available and most people assume it's a healthy option.

    After all, it's a plant oil -- and plant oils are better than saturated animal fats, right?

    Well, not so fast. That may be what the feds want you to believe, but the truth is both safflower and corn oil are dangerous and quite possible deadly -- and they're far worse for you than any animal fats, including lard.

    I don't use them myself, and I advise my patients to avoid them and any products that contain them. And now, Canadian scientists confirm just what I've been saying all along: Safflower and corn oils can increase your risk of heart disease, coronary artery disease and even death.

    Both oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain almost no omega-3 fatty acids. And while both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are essential, most people are getting far too much of the less beneficial omega-6 fatty acids, and not nearly enough of the omega-3s needed for heart health.

    That's why studies have found that people who make the switch to corn and safflower oils actually have a higher risk of death from heart problems. (The fact that nearly all corn oil is from genetically modified corn may also be playing a role here, since GM corn may damage organs, including the heart.)

    Of course, none of this means we should go back to cooking with lard. We still need to limit -- but not completely avoid -- saturated animal fats.

    Instead, use healthier oils such as macadamia, avocado and coconut oil -- and of course, one of the healthiest oils of all is a staple of the Mediterranean diet: olive oil.

    Olive oil is so healthy researchers can't use it as a placebo in trials for heart drugs -- because olive oil can actually match or beat the drug. (It's happened.)

    Just be sure to use extra virgin olive oil. It's not as easy to find as it sounds, because there's more fraud in the olive oil market than there is in the stock market.

    Read this free report from my House Calls archives to learn more.

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