Whole Foods Salad Bar- Healthy or not? | The Truth About Canola Oil and Trans-fat

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02.15.2022



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Whole Foods Salad Bar- Healthy or not? | The Truth About Canola Oil and Trans-fat – Thomas DeLauer

You’ve probably seen before when you walk into a Whole Foods grocery store, you look at the salad bar, that there’s expeller pressed canola oil on just about everything. I used to raise questions on this simply because from a metabolic standpoint, I always wondered why they had to put some fat on everything. I didn’t understand. The added calories, the added fat to carbs. It just didn’t make sense. Even if you’re going to Whole Foods and you wanted to get some rice, it would almost always say that there was expeller pressed canola oil on the rice. Of course, if we look at it from the metabolic standpoint, you should never be mixing fats and carbs. This is not a good thing to do.

But it goes a lot deeper, then the metabolic side of things. I want to do a deep dive into why Whole Foods is using this canola oil, and why we really need to be trepidacious. But do want to first off say it. Yeah, I shop at Whole Foods from time to time, and I eat at the salad bars when I’m traveling. I doesn’t mean you should avoid it at all costs, but it’s important you know exactly what’s going on and why Whole Foods does this. It’s quite honestly, it’s not a good thing at all. The reason the Whole Foods puts canola oil on their food, particularly in the salad bars, and in their baked goods, is because it preserves the shelf life of the food.

If you’re talking about putting it on something that’s in the salad bar, like rice or anything like that, it’s going to allow that rice to sit in the salad bar a little bit longer before ever having an issue. It’s not just because it’s encapsulating it in fat. It does this because canola oil is a trans-fat. If you’ve seen my other videos, you know how I talk about trans-fats. Trans-fats are fats that have been artificially turned into partially saturated fats, so that they don’t oxidize. So they last longer, when they’re on the shelf. In this case, in a salad bar. It makes sense in theory. Whole Foods is trying to make it so that their profit margins are a little bit better by being able to leave food out on the shelves a little bit longer, or in this case, in the salad bar.

Makes it so they don’t have to rotate their stock as much, they can leave food out there for the day, and sometimes they even leave it in the back overnight and put it back out in the morning. I’ve definitely seen them do that. The same asparagus that’s sitting out there at night, somehow magically ends up there in the morning. Personally I’ve seen that. So it ends up raising question in the first place of how fresh this Whole Foods really. That’s not what I really want to talk about today. I want to talk about canola oil. So let’s do a deep dive into canola oil right now. First off, we have to know that canola oil is a trans-fat. Whether you like it or not, trans-fat isn’t just always this crazy-looking artificial saturated fat. Trans-fats appear in all kinds of things, and when restaurants are cooking with canola oil, they’re adding trans-fats in.

So when Whole Foods is adding trans-fat and canola oil into the food that’s at the salad bar, we’re running into the same situation. We have to remember why trans-fats are created. Trans-fats are created again, to preserve that freshness. That’s why peanut butter looks the way it does. Then when you’re buying low quality peanut butter that doesn’t naturally separate, there’s usually hydrogenation involved. So again, Whole Foods is doing this to the salad bar. But we have to look now, at where canola oil comes from. Canola oil comes from a seed called the rapeseed.

References:
1) Why is WholeFoods STILL using Canola Oil? – Knowing what’s really in your food – Food Labels and GMO | Jennifer Thompson. (2017, November 15). Retrieved from https://healthybliss.net/why-is-wholefoods-still-using-canola-oil/

2) Erucic acid a possible health risk for highly exposed children. (2018, May 16). Retrieved from https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/161109

3) Sign the Petition. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.change.org/p/whole-foods-stop-using-canola-oil-in-foods-you-make-and-sell

4) Canola Oil: Harmful Cooking Oil – Processed Vegetable Oil. (2017, February 18). Retrieved from https://www.drgangemi.com/health-articles/diet-nutrition/canola-oil/

5) Vegetable Oils – Comparison, Cost, and Nutrition • Spend Smart. Eat Smart. • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. (2013, August 19). Retrieved from https://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/spendsmart/2013/08/19/vegetable-oils-comparison-cost-and-nutrition/

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23 Comments

  1. BlackChicknz

    Rapeseed and canola are a totally different plant wtf lol canola isn’t “derived” from rapeseed oil, it was selectively bread to remove the toxins over years, similar to breading hot peppers. Read a goddamn book for once.

    Reply
  2. JEMYSTICAL

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I'm so happy I came across this information.
    Thank you so much for sharing this very important info.

    Reply
  3. Anna Sofía Jørgensen

    Thank you for the video!
    But what about organic, non-GMO, unrefined, coldpressed canola oil to use for fx. a homemade dressing (without heating the oil)? Is it still unhealthy?

    Reply
  4. Michelle Touchberry

    How much magnesium do I need to take a day in can I take a magnesium calcium together

    Reply
  5. Big Fish

    Wow this video is so filled with falsehood I don't know how it exists. People, please watch a better quality video than this. Everything he mentioned has been so thoroughly debunked, it's like watching Fox News.

    Reply
  6. jdnoggl

    First off, let me say that I appreciate the fact that you put so much time and energy into being accurate and factual. Thank you. So I'm curious if you've read the Lyon Diet Heart Study. In this study Canola oil (non-gmo specifically) was used in patients that had heart disease. The results were so profound, 30% reduction in new heart disease in those patients, that they stopped the study 2 years early so they could publish the results so others could reap the benefits. The primary health benefit in canola oil is α-linolenic acid. Dr. Grundy has a really good video on this topic as well. Now non-gmo canola oil is difficult to find, but I wonder if whole foods is using a better oil. Would love to hear your thoughts after you dig a little into what I shared. Thanks again for your work!!

    Reply
  7. Celines Rosario

    Is vegetable oil good to cook with over canola oil?

    Reply
  8. DR ZAHOORUL HAQ

    What about the cold pressed variety? Please explain. Thanks.

    Reply
  9. Lozie82

    Thank you Thomas.

    Reply
  10. Captain Future

    This is a german site. Maybe sponsored by the producers of canola oil. They state, that canola oil has a ratio of 2:1 omega 6 / omega 3.
    Also there are cold pressed canola oils.
    So this is all a lie and they can openly lie about it without the state doing anything?

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  11. Captain Future

    Well a little bit of oil is essential to be able to resorb the fat soluble vitamins.

    Reply
  12. Ţapu'

    This proves no one cares about public health.

    Reply
  13. Allison G

    What he fails to tell people is the amount of hexane you ingest from pumping gas into your car is astronomically more than the 2% of your typical daily exposure of hexane from canola oil. The key is to find cold pressed, non deodorized, non bleached oils. I want to try algae oil, but with the pandemic Thrive closed production. They don't put deodorizers in it. It was just too expensive to make.

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  14. Nathan B

    It’s a total myth that you shouldn’t eat carbs and fat together SMFH. Literally a two minute google search will debunk this. Please stop. Also what about foods that have both carbs and fat naturally in them? Lol…

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  15. Nathan B

    It completely infuriating how it’s just a greed war. Our government doesn’t care about us. 99% of grocery store shelves are packed with proven inflammatory and carcinogenic ingredients. Good luck finding a hummus brand without canola or soybean oil. You can’t even find plain corn tortillas without lard or coconut oil. Keep us dumb and unhealthy – so much easier to be brainwashed that way!

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  16. Marco Mizzoni

    Damn just bought some fresh pumpkin seed butter at Sprouts and now reading they mixed it with canola oil. Looks like I just wasted my money.

    Reply
  17. survivalizer

    I'm very dubious that canola specifically is as bad as people seem to say it is simply because its been used as a treatment for ALD (Lorenzos oil).

    Reply
  18. Sister Wendy

    Have you heard of PALM OIL? I have a jar and not sure if it is safe to use..

    Reply
  19. Celia Cavalli

    I’ve noticed Whole Foods uses a lot of cheap ingredients in their salad bar which is really disappointing.

    I stopped eating their hot and salad bar a few years ago when I did my research on it.

    Reply
  20. Michael Harned

    All canola oils are gmo cold pressed oil is available but I think it tastes terrible

    Reply

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