What Allergies Are Due To Canola Oil
One may hardly suspect the famous heart healthy Canola oil to harbor any side effects or allergies. However, unlike popular belief, one may experience severe allergies due to canola oil. Here is a look at the various facts behind this hidden aspect of canola oil.
In the year 1980, canola oil was advertised as a cheap alternative to expensive & healthy edible oils like olive oil, sunflower seed oil and flax seed oil. However, in the recent times, there have been complaints about allergies due to canola oil consumption. This has raised many questions regarding the health benefits of canola oil, especially for the doctors who were recommending canola oil to their patients. Everyone should be aware of canola oil allergies before consuming, because, instead of getting Omega-3 fatty acids from canola oil, you may suffer from canola oil allergies instead.
Origin Of Canola Oil
Canola oil is extracted from rapeseed plant. Thousands of years ago, rapeseed oil was invented but its use was restricted only to industries. Because rapeseed oil was high in eruric acid content it was unsafe for consumption. 3 decades ago, scientists made this rapeseed oil edible by bringing down the eruric acid content and making it safe for consumption. This edible rapeseed oil was named as Lear oil. Ever since this oil originated in Canada, marketers named it as Canola oil for commercial purpose.
Allergies Due to Canola Oil
The negative effects of canola oil cannot be termed as allergies because there is no histamine reaction to be termed as canola oil allergies. Any substance that contains protein which is recognized by the immune system as “not –self” causes allergy, but here in case of canola oil, this is not the case because canola oil does not contain any protein. There are some very strong reactions and symptoms cause by coming in contact with canola oil and are termed as allergies due to canola oil.
- The first and the foremost symptom that many canola oil consumers have faced is feeling of dizziness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea immediately or after few hours of consuming canola oil food.
- The symptoms may vary from person to person, but when food is deep fried in canola oil, it is sure to cause some kind of discomfort.
- Asthma and respiratory issues may also arise as canola oil allergies. There might be inflammations leading to nasal congestion, running nose, sneezing and even watery eyes.
- Skin inflammation, skin irritation, eczema, itchiness and hives are some of the skin related allergies due to canola oil.
- Some people have even complained of severe chest pain after using canola oil.
- Although canola oil is considered heart healthy because of high Omega 3 content, some researches claim that Omega 3 contained in canola oil does not have any nutritional benefits as it is destroyed during the process of manufacturing canola oil.
- Some researches even assert saying prolonged use of canola oil may pose negative effects on heart.
Tips for keeping away from allergies due to canola oil
- Avoid using canola oil at home and while eating out check the type of oil used in the restaurant.
- Try and avoid foods that are deep fried in canola oil.
- Check labels of packaged food, if they contain canola oil, avoid buying them.
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