What Are Vegetable Oils and Margarine?
Margarine is made from vegetable oil, so we can lump these two together for the purposes of this explanation. Vegetable oils are extracted from seeds of plants such as corn, sunflowers, rapeseed, soybean, etc. Vegetable oils only became available in the early 20th Century, with the advent of chemical processes that allowed their extraction from seeds.
Unlike coconut oil or butter, vegetable oils cannot be extracted merely from pressure, and chemicals need to be used for the extraction process. When removed from the seeds, the oils are then deodorized and processed. This process results in vegetable oils being among the most chemically-altered foods in the modern diet. However, they still get marketed as being a healthy option !
What Is The Problem With Vegetable Oils ?
The problems associated with vegetable oils are numerous and varied. Many in the health sector believe them to be unsafe for human consumption, even in the smallest quantities. Here are a few of the main problems that vegetable oils present.
Human Bodies Are Not Designed To Consume Vegetable Oil
Of all the fats in the human body, around 97% of them are saturated or monounsaturated fat. Of the 3% of polyunsaturated fats that make up the difference, approximately half are essential omega-3 fats. Since the introduction of vegetable oils, the proportion of polyunsaturated fats in our bodies has been increasing.
Saturated fats are the building blocks for cell and hormone reproduction. When polyunsaturated fats replace saturated fats, we lose some of these essential building blocks.
Polyunsaturated fats are less stable than saturated fats, and they are easier to oxidize, which can cause cellular inflammation and mutation. Such mutations in arterial cells can cause arteries to become clogged.
When polyunsaturated fats get integrated into skin cells, there is an increased risk of developing skin cancer. If they are concentrated around cells in the reproductive organs or tissue, there are indications that medical issues such as PCOS or endometriosis can occur.
The crux of the issue is that the human body is designed to be 97% composed of saturated and monounsaturated fats. Diluting this percentage with polyunsaturated fats from vegetable oils will lead to a decrease in optimal health.
Vegetable Oil’s Other Effects On The Human Body
Vegetable oils are easy to oxidize, so the body uses up precious antioxidants to neutralize these oils’ oxidizing effects. Consuming a high level of vegetable oils and associated products such as margarine can cause vitamin E and other minerals deficiencies.
There is evidence to suggest that the consumption of vegetable oils is linked to other health and development issues, including:
- Inhibiting learning abilities.
- Increase the risk of liver toxins developing.
- Reduction in the effectiveness of the immune system.
- Stunt mental and physical development in infants.
- Increase the blood’s uric acid levels.
- Cause the development of abnormal fatty acid in tissues.
- Mental decline.
- Chromosomal damage.
- Accelerated aging.
As well as these conditions, excessive consumption of polyunsaturated fats is thought to increase the risk of cancer, weight gain, and heart disease.
Given this information, it is essential to determine the difference between healthy oils and those that can harm.