Less Toxic: Part 2-Seed Oils

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Industrialized seed oils, like canola, are seemingly in everything. Snacks are the worst culprits for containing seed oils. Check this out for some options for seed oil free snacks.

Part 2 of our series, slowly transitioning our life and home to less toxic, discusses industrialized seed oils. For Part 1, click here!

Seed Oils: Processing

Industrialized seed oils, such as those derived from soybean, sunflower, canola, palm, and corn seeds, undergo a process involving high heat, a petroleum solution, and chemicals to make them safe to consume. However, some of these oils, like canola oil, can pose health risks due to the presence of erucic acid and glucosinolates in the plant alone. They are found ubiquitously, making it difficult to avoid them in everyday products. Checking labels is the best way to identify and steer clear of these oils, even though they may be present in some of your favorite meals and products.

The biggest challenge I had was finding snacks that didn’t have seed oils in them. I would try to find snacks that used avocado, olive oil, or coconut oil in them, but I did have to search. Below is a short list of snacks I have found! I get most of mine off of Thrive Market. If you want to try Thrive Market get 40% off your first order here!

What are Some Seed Oil Free Snacks?

Sometimes you need something sweet in your life. There are plenty of sweet options that do not contain seed oils. Here are a few to get you started:

I feel like once I have started eliminating a lot of snacks that have seed oils in them, I have craved more real fruit, and that it has been satiating more than chocolate or candy!

Seed Oil Free: Salty and Crunchy Snacks

You might associate salty with fried, and that’s accurate a lot of the time. But you can take care of your cravings for salty and crunchy foods without consuming snacks containing seed oils. 

Another thing I do is get good-quality olive oil. Some olive oils you see on the shelves at stores have been processed to have a longer shelf life or are even spoiled. The brand I like and literally can tell the difference in the quality just by cooking with it is PJ Kabos. It’s a family-run company out of Greece. They provide a subscription so as soon as I am running low, another bottle is on the way. It’s a little pricey but it’s high quality. Other fats that I love to cook with are butter (raw butter from raw milk is even better), coconut oil, tallow, and saved bacon or meat grease from past meals.

Conclusion


When it comes to main dishes, as mentioned in the previous series, my aim is to prepare food from scratch and opt for ingredients that are as close to their natural state as possible. While it may not be realistic to completely eliminate seed oils from our diet, I do strive to minimize their presence in our home and pantry. By consciously removing products containing seed oils, I ensure that my consumption of such oils is infrequent. Stay tuned for the upcoming third part, where I will continue sharing our gradual journey towards a less toxic life and home.

Sources:

https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/petroleum/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/trans-fat/art-20046114

*I am not a registered dietitian and have done most of this research on my own.  I encourage you to do your own research, don't be afraid to ask questions and talk to a trusted health professional.

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