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Toxic Oil: Why Vegetable Oil Will Kill You & How To Save Yourself

David Gillespie


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Toxic Oil: Why Vegetable Oil Will Kill You & How To Save Yourself


'Vegetable oils give you cancer. Every extra mouthful of vegetable oil you consume takes you one step closer to a deadly (and irreversible) outcome.' David Gillespie believes that our bodies are not adapted to eat a diet which contains polyunsaturated fats in huge quantities. Our extraordinarily complex biochemistry works on an assumption that we will have a very small quantity of these fats in our diet and that every other fat we consume will come from animals or other sources of saturated fat or monounsaturated fat. This was the case until 200 years ago, but the industrial replacement of all fats with cheaper man-made vegetable oils has meant that it is almost impossible to buy food that does not contain polyunsaturated fats in the form of seed oils. They are in cooking oils, margarines, sauces, spreads, crackers, biscuits, pastry, fast food and most processed food. In Toxic Oil he reveals the evidence to support his argument that an excess of seed oils can not only cause cancer and heart disease but also damage our eyes and immune systems. This practical guide also helps you navigate the supermarket, with recommendations for brands that are low in sugar and seed oils, and provides recipes for food that would normally be made with seed oils. This accessible, entertaining and sometimes shocking book is an essential first step towards living a longer, healthier life.

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Toxic Oil - David Gillespie

So everything we believe about fat is wrong?
Pretty much. The science simply does not support the public health message we have been fed for the last 40 years. Animal fat doesn’t clog the arteries and give us heart disease, but oil squeezed from seeds (most of the stuff called ‘vegetable oil’) does. Worse than that it sets us up for cancer and probably lies behind diseases as diverse as macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis and the five-fold increase in childhood allergies in the last 15 years.
Where have we gone so wrong with our consumption of fat?
We haven’t done anything wrong but buy what we sold. Unfortunately what we are sold has now had all the healthy animal fats (which consumed for the entire history of the human race to this point) replaced with cheap seed oils. We have almost no choice about the fats we eat unless we are prepared to assemble our own food from the raw ingredients.
For breakfast you recommend eggs with sausage or bacon and hollandaise sauce, but say no to tomato sauce…what?! Take us through this…
Eggs are an almost perfect food. They have exactly the right proportions of fats, vitamins and minerals. The meat will be very low in polyunsaturated fat (if it is not lot-fed) and the hollandaise sauce (basically eggs and butter) is full of all the good animal fats that previous generations thrived on. The tomato sauce is out because it will be high in added sugar (unless you made it yourself).
What are your top 5 tips for avoiding the bad oils?
1. Eat whole foods 2. If the food is processed then look carefully at the ingredient list 3. If that list contains ‘vegetable oil’ put it back 4. If you really must have it then choose the one with the lowest amount of polyunsaturated fat in the nutrition information panel 5. Discover the joy of making some things from scratch (like bread)
What is the best oil to cook with?
It depends what you are trying to do. Butter, Ghee, Coconut oil and Olive oil are good for pan frying and solid animal fats (like Lard) are great for oven roasting or deep drying.
What about salads?
The best thing to add to a salad is air. But if you want an oil, olive oil or macadamia nut oil are good choices.
What‘s the best way to eat out without blowing the waist line?
Know what the ingredients are in what you are eating and avoid foods with added sugar or that are cooked in seed oils.

Take us through what you ate yesterday.
Brekkie: Sausage and egg
Lunch: Homemade potato and Leek soup with bacon and croutons
Dinner: Roast Beef with Jacket potatoes, corn on the cob and broccoli
I also had a glass of whole milk with each meal

The cover calls you ‘Australia’s #1 Health Crusader’ – how does that feel?
I didn’t know there was such a title, but I’m glad I won ;-) . more...


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