Warning: Cooking With This Oil Releases Toxic Cancer-Causing Chemicals

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What oil do you cook with? New study suggests it’s a question that shouldn’t just be on the lips of foodies, but also those interested in reducing their risk of cancer.



According to leading scientists who are now recommending food be fried in olive oilcoconut oilbutter or even lard,
cooking with vegetable oils releases toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases.

The results of a series of experiments threaten to turn on its head official advice that oils rich in polyunsaturated fats – such as corn oil and sunflower oil – are better for the health than the saturated fats in animal products and coconut oil.

Scientists found that heating up vegetableoils led to the release of high concentrations of chemicals called aldehydes, which have been linked to illnesses including cancer, heart disease and dementia.

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Lard and Cigarettes

NPR recently ran a great story, “Who Killed Lard?” From the story:

“It seems funny,” Silver says, “but for thousands of years this was the thing that people cooked with.

A century ago, lard was in every American pantry and fryer. These days, lard is an insult.

“The word lard has become this generally derogatory term associated with fat and disgustingness,” says Dan Pashman who hosts a food podcast called The Sporkful. “Think about Lard-ass, the character from the movie Stand By Me. I mean, he didn’t want to be called Lard-ass.”

How did this delicious, all-natural fat from a pig become an insult? Who killed lard? (more…)