With some more scrutiny I’m seeing some of these anti-canola diatribes being labeled as hoaxes. Allegations by John Thomas at http://www.whale.to/m/canola.html
appear hysterical and misleading and typical of the rabid holistic hordes of unsubstantiated finger pointers. I think there might be something to it, akin to “where’s there’s smoke there’s fire.” There are claims that rape seed is poisonous, animals and insects won’t eat it, it’s used in industry (as are a zillion other plants), has some connection to mustard gas, is responsible for the initial mad cow scare in Europe (not the current bovine spongiform encephalopothy issue) that was tied to scrappie in the cattle. Also, the EU has tried to ban GMO rapeseed on account of its genetic engineering, not on its alleged toxicity. There have been some strong rebuttals from the industry as well. Frankly, I’m leery of both of the extreme sides, but the stuff is cheap as hell (three times less than the olive oil I usually buy) and big industry is behind it and it’s starting to show up as an additive in many food products.
I’m one of those who is highly sensitive to glycemic loads—eating half an apple will put me to sleep, but if I stick w/ nearly all veggies and Zone it up right, I’ll only need four hours of sleep a day. Hate having to be so damn anal about following the diet to an extreme, but it seems for me I’m either thriving in the Zone or mired in misery. That’s why I was particularly upset at these new and sudden symptoms that I couldn’t explain. Had been using Costco olive oil for years (around $13.00 for a gallon or so). Three weeks ago switched to Costco Canola oil (about 4 or 5 bucks) and was wok frying green beans and salmon and such in it. Initially loved it, w/ its high burning temp. After 2 weeks my eyes started hurting and tearing, but they still felt dry to me, and it was kind of severe. Wasn’t allergies (have not taken an antihistamine in years, due—I’m sure—to decreased inflammation from being in the Zone). My mouth was feeling weird and the cold sores, well, they just sucked. There was also the profound fatigue that would come around in the late afternoon. Overall, I was flummoxed and very frustrated, because I’ve been gearing up for a big event w/ 100% Zone compliance, yoga and swimming and the Zone has never let me down. Only change was using the Canola oil. I went back to olive oil a few days ago and those symptoms are gone. Could be my frustration and anxiety latching onto someone else’s hysteria. I’ll wait and see. Meanwhile, if anyone else has had a similar response to canola oil, would appreciate hearing from you.