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!