Do you know how oil is made?


Personally, I get somewhat grossed out by things being made in factories. I like to have as much control over what we eat.. however, there are just some thing (more than I care to admit) that we have to purchase. So then making smart well informed choice is the best option.

Olive oil, Coconut oil, butter (and other animal fats) were all available a 100+ years ago. We know that Olives were being picked 8th millennium BC [source]. Butter can be traced back to 1500 BC, but is thought to be much older [source] and coconut oil also cating back to 1500 BC [source]. These fats have stood the test of time and are traditional fats.

New fats (vegetable oils), that could not be produced until we had the chemicals to extract the fats/oils, are not so good. Many of them are bleached! ek! There are plenty of articles that explain in detail why these oils are not healthy, I suggest that you read them.

Vegetable oils (and margarine, made from these oils) are oils extracted from seeds like the rapeseed (canola oil) soybean (soybean oil), corn, sunflower, safflower, etc. They were practically non-existent in our diets until the early 1900s when new chemical processes allowed them to be extracted.

Unlike butter or coconut oil, these vegetable oils can’t be extracted just by pressing or separating naturally. They must be chemically removed, deodorized, and altered. These are some of the most chemically altered foods in our diets, yet they get promoted as healthy.

Vegetable oils are found in practically every processed food, from salad dressing to mayo to conventional nuts and seeds. These oils are some of the most harmful substances you can put into your body, but more on that in a minute!

Vegetable oils contain a very high concentration of Omega 6 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats, which cause an imbalance of these oils in the body. Omega 6 fats are easily oxidized with heat or light exposure. This is another reason that when these types of fats/oils are incorporated into tissue like skin cells, the heat and light from sun exposure can increase skin cancer risk.


Recommended Readings:
Why You Should NEVER Eat Vegetable Oil or Margarine!

canola oil

So now on to the main event: HOW IS VEGETABLE OIL MADE?

I think that 3:07 is the nastiest part to me. Any time I think about eating something with vegetable oils in it, I think about that part..


Now lets compare that to a good healthy traditional oli… HOW OLIVE OIL IS MADE:

This process seems much nicer. I like how they show the traditional and modern process. Both are clean and chemical free!


Then on to my all time favorite – BUTTER! I know it is not a oil per say, but it is a great choice!

This is the factory version, some of you might have made butter at school when you were a kid. It is a really fun process I think – great to teach kids where there food is coming from! Here is an example.


Then just for good measure.. Coconut oil!

It was hard to find industrial videos of coconut oil being made, this was the best I could find.

A great BONUS to using coconut oil and olive oil is that they tend to come in glass! Yey, no plastic! And of course, butter comes in paper!

What do you think?