As we discussed in a previous post, March is National Kidney Month. To
that end, let’s explore a surprising dietary factor that may contribute
to kidney dangers in some people: vegetable oils.
Many people mistakenly believe that vegetable oils are healthy “good
fats” that, at minimum, are better for you than so-called saturated
fats found in foods like meat and cheese. In reality, however, the subject
is more complicated and murky than many people realize. Surprisingly,
a fair amount of research suggests that overconsumption of certain polyunsaturated
fats (PUFAs) might actuallyincrease the risk of chronic diseases prevalent in Western societies. According
to this new line of thinking among an increasing number of medical professionals,
even canola oil, a fat that some nutritionists still recommend, could
pose a threat to wellness because it quickly becomes rancid, a problem
masked by the inclusion of deodorizers in most products.
Here are possible negative effects of overeating vegetable oils:
Vegetable Oils Produce an Imbalance Between Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Both types of fatty acids are essential for health, so people must obtain
them through their diet. However, as a study published in
Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy discovered, when omega-6 fat far exceeds omega-3 fat, health problems
ensue, such as inflammation, a malady that leads to an array of disorders.
Vegetable Oils Contain High Quantities of Trans Fats
Research links trans fats to an elevated likelihood of various illnesses.
A study published in
The American Society of Nutritional Sciences found these fats harm the function of the inner lining of the blood vessels,
which partially accounts for their association with an increased cardiovascular
risk. Other studies show a link between trans fats and obesity, cancer
Vegetable Oils Promote Obesity
Scientists have also found a link between the omega-6 fatty acids in vegetable
oils and obesity. Adding to an analysis by the
Nutritional Coalition, Americans consume 91 percent more vegetable oil now than they did before
the onset of the obesity epidemic of recent decades.
Rancidity of Canola Oil Damages Cells and Tissues
Since the omega-3 fatty acid content in canola oil easily turns rancid,
manufacturers add deodorizers to hide the unpleasant smell. Unfortunately,
the deodorization process removes much of the omega-3 fat and transforms
it into harmful trans fat. Aside from the ill effects of deodorization,
the rancidity of canola oil causes oxidation damage to cells and tissues
of the body, especially fat-rich areas like the brain.
A nutritious diet has a profound effect on wellness. For more information, see
Six Reasonable Guidelines for Healthier Diets.
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