Our expert says:
This type of food scare information that is distributed on the Internet occurs from time to time. I have seen similar e-mails about GM foods, MSG, aspartame, cyclamates, etc. Crops have been genetically modified since the dawn of time when the first farmers started to select crops which would yield higher harvests. Canola oil, is safe and if you read this missive carefully you will find many anomalies. The author jumps to conclusions that are not valid. For example that Canola oil is the cheapest oil - it certainly is not in SA. The fact that it may or may not have been used to produce mustard gas during various recent wars, does not mean that the oil in the bottle you buy in the supermarket contains mustard gas, but that is the conclusion the author wants you to reach. So I take these food horror stories that make the rounds with a pinch of salt. I am also always wary of statements that blame every disease from baldness to bunions on one product or food - this is as nonsensical as claiming that one food or product (usually a herbal concoction) will cure every illness know to mankind. I would recommend that the person who supposedly sent the e-mail to ask her colleagues at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT to set the record straight for her. After all she is probably surrounded by experts in the fields of biochemistry and medicine. I think it is more relevant to worry about swine flu than to get into a tizzy about canola oil.
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