Originally published April 6 2016
Tidal wave of food manufacturers switching to sunflower oil to avoid toxic GMO corn, soy and canola oils
by Jennifer Lea Reynolds
(NaturalNews) In an effort to avoid the health-harming problems caused by GMO soy, corn and canola oils, food manufacturers are turning to the cleaner, non-GMO benefits of sunflower oil. Furthermore, sunflower oil is void of trans fats, another plus when it comes to maintaining good health.
Of course, by now we're all aware of the fact that GMOs wreak havoc on health. They've been proven to damage blood, destroy reproductive organs and create cellular damage in the body. At the same time, Monsanto, the company that incites frustration among many people for their involvement in GMOs, and worse, their refusal to admit that they're unhealthy, is a key player in the GMO field.
The greedy company maintains that GMOs are proven to be safe, are thoroughly tested, and are helpful in reducing agricultural chemical use. As just one example, Monsanto maintains that the protein in their high-lysine corn is safe because it's found in soil, suggesting that it's good to ingest, since consumption of soil on vegetables and fruits has been occurring in the human diet throughout history. Clearly, that kind of logic is only a warped attempt to try to pull the wool over our eyes. Health conscious people know better.
In addition to GMOs, trans fats also destroy healthAs for trans fats, it's no secret that they should be avoided. They're used to boost food flavoring, maintain a product's appearance and increase shelf life, but they also contribute to weight gain and memory loss. For example, one study found that men aged 45 and younger who ate a junk food diet high in trans fats performed less effectively on word recall tests for every additional gram of trans fats they ate every day. "As I tell patients," says Beatrice A. Golomb, MD, PhD, and lead author of that study which was published in PLOS ONE, "while trans fats increase the shelf life of foods, they reduce the shelf life of people."
Thankfully, as a health-conscious wave continues to sweep across America, food manufacturers are stepping up to meet the demand. Many restaurant chains and stores, for example, have taken measures to provide healthier options to consumers; even Whole Foods, which has been involved in deceptive GMO advertising practices, has announced that they'll be entirely GMO-free by 2018. And Chipotle, as most of us are aware, was one of the first restaurant chains to announce that their foods would contain only GMO-free ingredients.
Food manufacturers joining the health conscious wave in AmericaRick Robbins, general manager at Colorado Mills Sunflower Oil, agrees that the trend towards health is booming, noting that companies such as Frito Lay and Kettle have started using sunflower oil in their products. "A lot of distributors for restaurants and bakeries and snack food manufacturers want a healthier, non-GMO oil," Robbins says. Regarding this need, he says there's a shift away from GMO soybean and canola oils. "Soybean and canola have been the predominant oils but there has been a major drop in those oils in the marketplace. It's being driven by the consumers; they are being more vocal about what they want."
John Sandbakken, executive director of the National Sunflower Association, has also noticed the healthier move, saying that small and large food manufacturers are switching to sunflower oil. "They are adding sunflower oil because it has an exceptional fat profile with less than 10% unhealthy saturated fat, no trans fat, and over 90% healthy unsaturated fat," he says. "As consumer demand for more natural and wholesome foods continues to grow, it's not surprising that food manufacturers are creating cleaner labels and healthier ingredient decks. For those who want to make the non-GMO claim and have a cleaner label, sunflower oil fits the bill."
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