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What’s The Truth About Cottonseed Oil?

Cottonseed oil: a seemingly harmless substance that you may be eating every day of your life. It is found in a variety of processed foods. It is so cheap, in fact that it costs producers next to nothing to manufacture. Why? Because cottonseed oil is nothing more than a by-product of industrial waste produced during cottonseed processing.

The dirty past of this and other industrially-produced oils like canola, soybean, sunflower, and safflower oils is not so well-known. But once you understand about how it is developed and manufactured, you might think twice about ever eating it again.

Cottonseed oil is also genetically-modified because it comes from cotton, the majority of which is grown from GMO seeds. So it is not only in the processed foods you are eating such as cookies, crackers, salad dressings, desserts, and other foods, but also in cotton swabs, clothing, personal care products, and more.

The History of Cottonseed Oil

Source, Mother Linda’s
One of the world’s most well-known products, Crisco, is a product pioneered by Procter & Gamble, a company owned by William Procter – a candle-maker, and his brother-in-law James Gamble, a soap-maker.  The meat packing monopoly began regulating the pricing of lard and tallow, which had formerly been the primary ingredient used in the manufacturing of candles and soap. Another factor affecting candle sales was the growing use of electricity. Both events were responsible for a decline in candle and soap-making and the market for these products experienced a downturn.

P & G sought other ways to make revenue and, and by 1905, the company had ownership of eight cottonseed mills in Mississippi.  A German scientist named E.C. Kayser developed a way to transform the liquid oil into a solid via a process called hydrogenation – this use of this method introduces hydrogen atoms into fatty chain acids, thereby altering the molecular structure of the oil. It was apparent how much the final product looked like lard, and that the result allowed a longer shelf life. Because hydrogenation decreased the need for refrigeration and extended the product’s store-ability – Crisco was born.

With clever marketing, P&G delivered their new product to households everywhere by convincing the consumer that this innovative substance was not only cheaper but healthier: “A healthier alternative to cooking with animal fats. . . and more economical than butter.” This statement effectively positioned them to stay afloat alongside their competitors – the lard and tallow industry.

The first ad for Crisco, duplicated in magazines and other publications throughout the land in 1912 emphasized the advantages of this new substance over lard – you could fry fish in it and it would not absorb the odor or taste, and then fry potatoes in the same pan. It could also be heated at much higher temperatures than lard and without burning or giving off smoke. Convincing ad campaigns successfully caused consumers to buy “and realize why its discovery will affect every family in America.” They were right.

Then P&G released a cookbook which they gave away, full of recipes everyone was familiar with – all except for the fact that instead of real fats, they included the new product – Crisco. The world was introduced to hundreds of meal preparations including this fantastic, healthy, economical, odor-free substance that would forever alter the world in many ways. Wives and mothers of that generation believed the persuasive marketing tactics of this influential company – that Crisco it was more convenient, easier to digest, cleaner, and a good modern alternative to archaic lard. After all, times were hard and the first world war and Great Depression were looming on the horizon.

Soon health issues like heart disease, infertility, learning disorders, a rise in cancer, and growth issues became much more prevalent. A large effort was made on the part of P&G to dispell any rumors of their product being linked to these occurrences. A scientist named Dr. Fred Mattson who was employed by P&G then unveiled to the public the government’s inconclusive Lipid Research Clinical Trials in an effort to blame heart disease on the consumption of animal fats.

Here are some products you will find that contain cottonseed oil:

  • peanut butter
  • boxed cereals
  • crackers
  • cookies (Update! read the latest post on Dr. Susan Rubin’s web site about Girl Scout Cookies!)
  • packaged breads
  • salad oils
  • mayonnaise
  • dressings
  • marinades
  • margarine
  • other fake fats like shortening and artificial “butter” products

On an annual basis, the U.S. over one billion pounds of cottonseed oil. Exports amount to as much as one-fourth of that amount. It is used in everything from processed foods to personal care products (shampoos, soaps, makeup), and feed for livestock. It is commonly used for deep-frying many popular foods in restaurants and other processed foods to be packaged and sold for sale in grocery stores.

The National Cottonseed Products Association does not mention any human health or allergy hazards on their web site nor on the products they sell – only “benefits” are listed. One of their most famous claims is the “zero-trans fat” content of their product. Cottonseed oil is mentioned as containing natural tocopherols (Vitamin E) and anti-oxidants found in cottonseed oil – yet don’t mention the fact that this delicate nutrient is denatured during the hydrogenation of processing cottonseed oils (how most cottonseed oil is produced).

The National Cottonseed Products Association proudly proclaims that cottonseed oil is “refined and deodorized”, therefore making it one of the “purest food products available”. Another claim is made that cottonseed oil will not deteriorate rapidly nor degrade in quality quickly – that it has an unusually long shelf life. The truth is, the processing of oils like cottonseed and other industrially-produced oils causes the substance to become unstable, rancid, and are essentially trans-fats due to the nature of their processing. But you won’t hear the industries producing these products admitting these facts to the public.

What are the health hazards of cottonseed oil and other trans fats?

Mainstream medical experts and sources are fond of blaming dietary fats for many of our health ills and diseases like obesity and heart disease. But the main problem is that in general, medical science lumps all fats together as being equal, when they are not.

According to The New England Journal of Medicine, trans fats are more harmful than naturally occurring oils. The National Academy of Sciences has issued a statement that there are no safe consumption levels of hydrogenated and trans fats.

Hydrogenated oils contribute to hardening of the arteries and cardiovascular problems, while healthy fats actually aid heart health, brain development, and maintain proper weight and cholesterol levels.

Dr. John Lee, M.D., well-known researcher and pioneer in medicine states, “Trans fatty acids enter our metabolic processes but are defective for our bodily uses. Our cell membranes, our hormone synthesis, our immune system, our ability to deal with inflammation and to heal, and many, many, other vital systems all become defective when trans fatty acids substitute for the health-giving cis fatty acids. Unknowingly we are poisoning ourselves.”

According to Wikipedia:

“In most naturally occurring unsaturated fatty acids, the hydrogen atoms are on the same side of the double bonds of the carbon chain (cis configuration — meaning “on the same side” in Latin). However, partial hydrogenation reconfigures most of the double bonds that do not become chemically saturated, twisting them so that the hydrogen atoms end up on different sides of the chain. This type of configuration is called trans, which means “across” in Latin.[26] The trans conformation is the lower energy form, and is favored when catalytically equilibriated as a side reaction in hydrogenation.

The same molecule, containing the same number of atoms, with a double bond in the same location, can be either a trans or a cis fatty acid depending on the conformation of the double bond. For example, oleic acid and elaidic acid are both unsaturated fatty acids with the chemical formula C9H17C9H17O2.[27] They both have a double bond located midway along the carbon chain. It is the conformation of this bond that sets them apart. The conformation has implications for the physical-chemical properties of the molecule. The trans configuration is straighter, while the cis configuration is noticeably kinked as can be seen from the following three-dimensional representation.

The trans fatty acid elaidic acid has different chemical and physical properties owing to the slightly different bond configuration. Notably, it has a much higher melting point, 45 °C rather than oleic acid’s 13.4 °C, due to the ability of the trans molecules to pack more tightly, forming a solid that is more difficult to break apart.[27] This notably means that it is a solid at human body temperatures.”

Cottonseed oil is also absolutely loaded with pesticides and other harmful chemicals, as used by the cottonseed industry to ensure the mass production of  crops to keep up with demand. Also, the cottonseed plant composition is high in Omega 6 content – one of the reasons people in the developed world have such high numbers in obesity, heart disease, and other degenerative diseases like cancer. See Dr. Susan Rubin’s post about this subject, as it it has some valuable information in it.

So why then, are these products so ubiquitously found on the food markets? After reviewing the history of the development of these types of products, the answer should be clear – it’s all hinged upon money-making and the success of corporations seeking to use cheap, industrial by-products as a means for generating profit.

What are better alternatives to cottonseed and other industrial oils?

For cooking or frying:

  • Tallow (beef fat)
  • Lard (pork fat)
  • Coconut oil (use refined for high heat cooking or frying)
  • Palm oil
  • Butter
  • Ghee

All of these should be from clean, sustainable (non-GMO) sources. These are healthy fats because they are saturated fats which are loaded with nutrients such as A, D, E, and K2. They also have a high smoke point. For very low heat sautee, on salads, dressings, condiments, and other similar types of foods, use olive oil. These fats are healthy to consume because they are from natural sources that have not been altered. It’s important to know what source your fats are coming from to ensure they are produced sustainably and in harmony with nature.

One reason animal fats have received a bad name is that most of our animal fats come from feedlot and factory farm sources – where animals are fed improperly (corn, soy, grains – and all from genetically-modified origins), and are pumped full of hormones, antibiotics, and housed in small quarters away from pasture and sunlight.

Contrary to popular belief, saturated fats from plant and animal sources are healthy and essential for all elements of health. For more information on fats and health, read The Importance of Dietary Fats.

For more information about real, healthy meat and fats from sustainable sources and why feedlot meats and fats are dangerous to consume, read Whole And Healthy Meat….Does It Really Exist?

What has been your lifetime experience eating fats? Did you grow up believing industrial fats were healthy to eat? Or did you eat traditional fats growing up? Do you have a story of improved health after eating industrial fats and then returning to traditional fats you’d like to share?

235 replies on “What’s The Truth About Cottonseed Oil?”

Thanks for this article. Your timing is excellent. 🙂 My latest round of label reading involved smoked oysters, almost all of which (in our area) are packaged in cottonseed oil. I figured this was probably a bad thing, but hadn’t had time to do research yet. Thankfully, I did finally find some that were packed in olive oil.

We used Crisco when I was growing up. It was cheap and available. Mom never gave up using butter for most baking, though. She did use liquid vegetable oils because they were supposed to be “healthy”.

I haven’t bought “vegetable” oil in years, but I do use some canola oil. I am a butter lover, but also use olive oil and sesame oil. Just recently I’ve tracked down local sources for grassfed beef tallow, non-hydrogenated lard and pastured poultry fat, so these have been added to our pantry, along with coconut oil. My experience with coconut oil is on Melissa’s blog as the “Coconutty Professor”.

Hi Laurie –

Wow, how great is that to find local sources of grass-fed tallow, lard, and poultry fat that are from pastured animals/birds? Fantastic! I am going to keep my eyes open for those items here in our area…I haven’t heard about any places to get them, but we do have some great farms that have grass-fed meats and pasture-raised poultry, so maybe it’s just that you have to come out and ask about it. Many farmers, I have heard from one person, won’t just offer it unless you inquire.

I recently bought a can of smoked oysters, and I could have sworn that I carefully checked the ingredients to make sure there were no bad oils – doh! I am glad I just checked because it says “soya oil” on the label. I really truly thought I had oysters in olive oil. I’ll have to return them (they are unopened) and see if the health food store carries another brand with olive oil or maybe water (don’t know if they come that way or not). So, thanks for bringing that up!

I love Melissa’s web site, it’s got so much great information, and Melissa is a really great person too! 🙂

Thanks Laurie!

I’ve always stayed away from animal fats because I thought they were unhealthy. I’ve also learned to stay away from hydrogenated oils like those common in peanut butter. Basically, if the oils in the peanut butter don’t separate, then it will definitely clog your arteries.
I’m really glad I saw this. I’ll really have to check the labels more closely.

Ria – thanks for your visit and comments. Give healthy animal products and fats a try, and see if you don’t feel a difference. Most of what mainstream medical and health rhetoric refers to when they say meat and animal products are unhealthy are indeed the factory farmed variety, which represent the bulk of what’s available on the market. Healthy meat and meat products from animals on pasture is a completely different thing, and the health benefits are numerous.

Peanut butter has other problems besides the fact that sometimes the oils are combined with hydrogenated elements – that peanuts are a nut containing a fungus called an aflatoxin. That’s one reason why you see so many peanut allergies in humans – peanuts are ubiquitous, processed and refined (which is unnatural), roasted (which destroys delicate fats in the nuts), and put into many other products, and the fungus causes issues in the body and digestive tract.

Its kind of funny that you are saying how bad Cottonseed Oil is from hydrogenated
Cottonseed oil. Cottonseed oil itself does not contain and trans fat at all UNLESS HYDROGENATED, therefore it is okay that they claim that it only have “zero-trans fat” content of their product as the oil itself is not hydrogenated at all. Therefore, you should be against hydrogenation instead of cottonseed oil.

Helen – it’s kind of funny that you didn’t read the post. In the post I explained how cottonseed oil IS hydrogenated by the very method that is produced (see where it talks about the history of the production of cottonseed oil where it was invented by Proctor & Gamble. Cottonseed oil, like many other plant-based and vegetable oils, is subjected to high heat temps, deodorization, and other processes that cause it to be a trans-fat at the end product. So yes, I’m against cottonseed oil AND hydrogenation, actually.

Besides Wikipedia (notoriously unreliable) and some unkown sources i don’t see how this proves your point that cottonseed oil (non-hydrogenated) and/or peanut butter (in your Post reply) is bad for human consumption. Elaborate on specificities.

I meant, for instance, what pesticides have been tested and (under the MSDS) are proven unhealthy or toxic to what parts of the body (liver, heart, intestines etc..). I have personally found several instances where folks following a regimen of so-called healthy food or drink from “organic” or non-manufactured entities end up with chronic diseases or cancer or the like. There is just not enough proof! Exercise is the only thing that i have seen that makes a difference in people’s health. With moderation and enough of the right type of physical activity, a person can live to be very old with very few health problems. I have a long history of family members and friends that can and do live by this creed.

Whenever I inadvertently eat anything with COTTONSEED oil in it, my right arm starts itching(beef, most peanut butter, breads, cookies, semolina(some say source of allergens). I want to blow my brains out when my arm stings and itches. The itching lasts 12-24 hrs and I suffer tremendously. I claw my arm until it bleeds and that helps. Laura

I met a lady recently from the Fredericksburg, Tx. area that feeds her boar goats cottonseed oil. That should be criminal. She exports most of the meat to Israel because it is so lean and they pay alot for lean goat meat. I bet they are getting severe allergies, etc.

Miles – there have been plenty of studies done which show pesticides to be toxic to the human body:

There are thousands and thousands of studies, articles, and many bodies of research done on this subject. I could post more, but these two links alone prove my point.

There are also studies showing the importance of organic and sustainable foods as well, and in particular, this one which is ongoing:

I’m having a difficult time understanding how anyone could even defend these toxic chemicals. Pesticides are intended to destroy the nervous systems of insects, and they have devastating effects on humans as well.

It’s true, we are all going to die someday of something. Why not be as healthy as possible while you are alive by eating and living well. But when you say that you know people who followed organic diets still developed disease, that is really vague. That doesn’t tell me exactly what these people consumed or how they lived their lives. Many people say they are living naturally and eating well, and then a quick trip to their pantry or kitchen cupboard and bathroom medicine cabinet will show you otherwise. I’ve heard those stories from people too, and what I later learned was that they were in fact not doing that at all. It’s very important to be very specific and determine what kinds of habits people keep and the food they are eating, in addition to chemicals and exposure they have in their daily regimen.

Also, like anything else, lifestyle habits used together are important. Exercise alone won’t make anyone healthier if their diets are full of processed foods and poor lifestyle habits.

If you are waiting for science to prove what people have done and known for thousands of years to maintain health – which is eat well, get sunshine, activity, and now in the modern age – avoid stress to our emotional and physical bodies by eliminating chemicals and processed foods from our diets/bodies, you’ll die of malnutrition. Science doesn’t want to prove that time-honored practices have worked or healed people. It just wants to continue forwarding the notion that with chemicals and toxins, we can be healthier. All in the name, of course, of lining the pockets of big corporations and industries like Big Agriculture and the drug companies.

Hi. I bought a bag of chips which contained cotton seed oil. Everyone loves it because it tastes so good which made me research about its benefits to health. I’m glad I did because I’m all for good health. I will be staying away from cotton seed oil and everything that contains it. Thanks for the informative article.

And yet, people cannot figure out why cancer is on the rise. Billions of dollars have been donated and are being used to “find a cure for cancer”, and as it turns out the cancer is being fed right to us. I wonder if its only in America that you can take a totally inedible product like cotter, spray the crap out of it with chemicals and pesticides, squeeze a waste product out of it and then spend a whole bunch of money convincing everyone that’s safe to eat. The FDA is asleep at the wheel, or maybe just not looking.

Headaches anybody? If you have any old injuries or arthritic conditions, beware the cottonseed oil. It seems to go straight to the sensitive tissues and lock them up, tightening muscles, joints, and nerve pathways and ultimately creating fantastic migraines! Same can be said for artificial anything… flavours, colours, preservatives, especially msg and nitrates. Don’t overlook the packaging preservatives, bht etc. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. Stick to whole foods, stay away from prepared Anything, and you will feel much better and lose weight. Bah humbug to corporate America, Monsanto, et al. Did’ja know that even the tobacco leaf has pretty decent levels of protein, it’s just not Digestible protein. Apparently cottonseed oil is not digestible either!

People watch too much television and all the commercials for food create a feeling of trust and comfort, when in reality, you can’t trust corporations to care about your health when their priority is creating cheap, good tasting food, and charging as much as you are willing to pay for it. Food conglomerates will continue feeding people crap as long as people keep eating it….so it is the individual who is ultimately responsible for choosing common sense over snake oil. Sugar coated toxins are a by product of our consumer society. We trust too much.

This article is full of lies. Cottonseed oil is both heart-healthy and a fantastic performer in the kitchen. It has ZERO transfat and ZERO cholesterol and is rich in antioxidants. It has a very high smoke/flash point which makes it a far superior oil for frying, sauteing, stir frying and searing. It is flavor-neutral and will not pick up the flavors of the things cooked in it. That is also why it makes a fantastic flavor-infused oil (see Great product.
Cotton has been grown and regulated as a food crop in the U.S. for more than 100 years and actually is grown with fewer pesticides than corn and soybeans and many other common food products.
GET YOUR FACTS straight before pummeling an industry that is so ripe with goodness.
Cottonseed oil is a fantastic product.

The facts about an artificially produced substance masquerading as a whole food, engineered in a lab, and marketed as a health food stand on its own. Cottonseed oil is not a traditionally consumed, healthy oil that the body can recognize, period. The work of Dr. Weston A. Price from the 1930s shows that all populations that consumed real, traditional animal fats were observed to have robust health without signs of disease, while those populations that had introduced white sugar, white flour, and vegetable oils (of which cottonseed oil belongs, and was the first such developed product on the market) showed marked signs of chronic disease. Cottonseed oil, like soy and corn, is also one of the most pervasive GM (genetically modified) products on the market. GM products are associated with damage to human health and the environment. Monsanto, who produces these products, brought us DDT and Agent Orange (toxic pesticides) and told us they were safe. And we all know how that statement turned out. How can I possibly trust a chemical company to bring me good nutrition? A heart-healthy product will not clog up the arteries of those consuming it, and that’s what vegetable oils do since our bodies cannot recognize these engineered substances. Vegetable oils go through an industrial process to be created, where they are pressed and subjected to high heat, and hydrogen molecules are introduced into them to make them from a solid to a liquid. From Wikipedia: “The hydrogenation process involves “sparging” the oil at high temperature and pressure with hydrogen in the presence of a catalyst, typically a powdered nickel compound. As each carbon-carbon double-bond is chemically reduced to a single bond, two hydrogen atoms each form single bonds with the two carbon atoms. The elimination of double bonds by adding hydrogen atoms is called saturation; as the degree of saturation increases, the oil progresses toward being fully hydrogenated. An oil may be hydrogenated to increase resistance to rancidity (oxidation) or to change its physical characteristics. As the degree of saturation increases, the oil’s viscosity and melting point increase.”

Since the early 1900s, animal fat and especially butter consumption has decreased, but industrial vegetable oil consumption has increased. And yet our culture has more disease and chronic illness than ever. Why is that?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to put anything that’s gone through a process like this into my body. Do you work for the cottonseed industry? I’m almost inclined to believe your motives for defending such a product tie you to the industry itself. I could be wrong, but your fervent defense of a highly marketed and toxic product leads me to be suspect.

I’m glad I googled cotton seed oil. I have been buying “wok oil”, ie cotton seed oil with garlic, ginger,onion & cilantro. I’ll make my own from now on TBD oil.

Wow it’s amazing how blind some people can be. Great article. Thanks for the intense references. Who can argue with that. If its not natural, I don’t want it. I need to move to a Caribbean Island where the land, sea and air is pure 🙂

Cottonseed oil causes infertility in men. Look up “gossypol” for population control and infertility. How clever to put cottonseed oil in so much food and have the population “stabilized.” Those who say cottonseed oil is safe, okay, etc., are either paid shills for pseudo-science Rockefeller types (who want global depopulation), or are just plain ignorant. Cottonseed oil causes male infertility among other BAD side effects. GET THE FACTS!

Thanks for the information. I have been avoiding cottonseed oil for the simple reason that a defoliant chemical is sprayed on cotton before it is harvested to keep the leaves out of the harvested cotton fibers. I first noticed it in the smoked oysters, but when I started reading labels more carefully, I noticed it was showing up in more and more products.

Way back when cottonseed was starting to show up in different foods, I used to get stomach pains when I would eat certain things. I started reading labels and noticed the foods that gave me pain and nausea had cottonseed oil. There wasn’t much research about cottonseed oil to be found, but there was information about how cotton is sprayed to protect it from bugs. It made sense that I could not tolerate it. I asked my doctor about it, but he had no clue about cottonseed oil. I really wish it would not be used. If I eat something without looking at the label and get pain, sure enough when I look at the label, cottonseed oil “may or may not be contained.” I need to read everything before I eat anything.

This information is not only dated, but incredibly inaccurate, entirely biased and basically libelous. Do your research before trashing a product that is heart-healty, contains zero trans-fat, zero cholesterol and is rich in antioxidants. Further, it comes closest to meeting the American Heart Association’s recommended fat profile of 1/3-1/3-1/3 monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fats of any oil available.
While it is true that cotton grown in America is mostly from GMO seed, oils (of any kind) do not contain DNA and therefore carry no genetic code, modified or otherwise. Cottonseed oil is, therefore, non-GMO.
Wake up and do your homework please. It’s ok to be a warrior for human health, but not at the expense of wonderful products and ingredients.

Have you seen the Acala Farms brand of flavor-infused cooking oils? They’re amazing. visit for information and the real facts about cottonseed oil.

Full disclosure – I have worked for the cottonseed oil processing industry for 30 years – so I would recommend Raine and others do a bit more digging before touting their “facts” as true. And a Wikipedia search doesn’t count.

First – ALL plant-based oils – soy, cotton, olive, corn, peanut, etc. – are generically referred to as “vegetable oils” in the industry. Remember the animal-vegetable-mineral question?

Second – as frequent as the accusations are – there has never been a finding of pesticides or other harmful chemicals found in cottonseed oil – or any other commercially produced vegetable oil – in the US.

It is true that pesticides are used when growing cotton, but the cottonseed inside the cotton boll is shielded from these products at the time of application. According to Pesticide Residues in Food – 1992, published by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “shielding from spray is believed to be the cause of the lack of appreciable residues in cottonseed and cottonseed oil.” (p. 374).

Third – cottonseed oil is NOT hydrogenated during normal processing. It is a liquid oil lust like oilve oil. corn oil, etc. Hydrogenation is performed further upstream by processors that may or may not need that type of performance from an oil.

Cottonseed oil is America’s original vegetable oil, being used in the US for well over 100 years.

For a true look at fats & oils, I would recommend the book “Bailey’s Industrial Oil and Fat Products, 6 Volume Set, 6th Edition.” First published in 1945, Bailey’s has become the standard reference on the food chemistry and processing technology related to edible oils and the nonedible byproducts derived from oils.

I just wanted to share my story. Eleven years ago I was diagnosed with colon cancer, I had surgery, chemo and radiation treatments. Today, I am blessed to be enjoying my kids and grandkids and I am as healthy as one can be after having cancer and the treatments.

After surgery for months I suffered with extreme diarrhea. My doctors tried everything to stop this but nothing seemed to work.

I began to evalulate very closely everything I was eating. I found in that process that to much fat was a problem but eating cottonseed oil created severe and immediate problems with diarrhea. Cottonseed is toxic to me.

I’ve also found olive oil and butter do not bother me, while just a tiny amount of cottonseed oil triggers the diarrhea.

I am posting this just in case someone out there with digestive problems is looking for answers. Maybe this would help.

Proven by unbiased studies and broken down to the chemistry! Bravo! Thank you for the info not the opinoin. And, your response to some of the inane replys are further informative thanks again Raine 🙂

I do not work for the cotton industry, but I do my research on the products that I purchase and use in my cooking. I can hardly believe that you think that our culture has more disease and chronic illness than ever because consumption of vegetable oil has increased. I’m pretty sure there are far more serious causes for cancer and other diseases than consumption of vegetable oils including cottonseed oil.
The products that I have used are not unstable, do not grow rancid (though they are so good that they get used quickly) like olive and other oils and are fantastic culinary performers.
As to your issue about GM and cottonseed oil, again, I believe your science and research to be incorrect. It is true that much of the cotton grown in the US is from genetically modified seed, but genetic modification affects the proteins in the plant. Cottonseed oil contains no protein and therefore cannot carry any of the influences (be they good or bad) of genetic modification.
I would strongly encourage you to stop this bashing of cottonseed oil. Your facts are incorrect, you make a great product sound like poison and you look a fool. Please back off.

Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I’m happy to know that the cottonseed industry has vetted its products and knows them to be safe.
I love the cottonseed oils that I use and will continue to do so. Further, not all cottonseed oils are processed in the same way. There are now cold-pressed cottonseed oils available that are even better than the others and strains of cotton that are gossypol-free.
Really … people should do a little homework before bashing an entire industry.

Dear “Get the Facts” DJ – The gossypol “study” so many reference was based on consuming an extraordinary amount of crude cottonseed oil. So – 1) crude cottonseed oil is not used or sold for human consumption, 2) modern processing techniques remove impurities in vegetable oils to make them among the purest foods available today (Center for Science in Public Interest), 3) the amount of oil consumed by the subjects in the “study” would take most many months under normal circumstances.

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I am glad to finally see a sensible comment here. What a bunch of quacks and gullible persons who follow them. Of course cottonseed is food,, of course the FDA approves it as a food..The natural insecticide in the seed is remove by refining and the oil is only sold as such.
If the public is so health conscious as they profess why are allergies and illnesses becoming more prevalent? These same people get drunk constantly and spread sexual diseases like never before. They can’t speak without using the f word.
I am fed up with all these sickies.

You are the one who needs to “get the facts” Cottonseed oil is not sold until the gossypol is removed.

Cottonseed, how I hate thee! CAMPBELL’S SOUP, of all things, now infuses this hideous concoction into their products! I was a devotee of Campbell’s Clam Chowder, but now can’t look at a can without feeling a headache coming on. Peter Pan now strips the peanut oil from it’s peanut butter and infuses that cottonseed poison! No more Peter Pan Peanut Butter, sad. I still don’t understand the reasons for why at 55 I am struck with this problem, but over the past 10 years I’ve been unable to eat any cottonseed oil without severe headaches. So many products now incorporate it into their processing! It is a true menace as it seduces more and more companies and they turn to it like Faustus seeking Satan’s potions. Sickening!

IMHO, the simple fact is that people can get through their lives, and even prosper, all the while believing enough patently incorrect crap to choke a horse. It seems to me that on many topics, this one included, the effort to reliably sift the truth from the arrant nonsense exceeds by at least an order of magnitude what the average person can spare. As a result, by and large, every single one of you is likely to go about believing whatever you want to believe anyway, truth be damned: if you escape that fate on one point, there are bazillions of other areas where you are as screwed as just about everybody else in finding out the real facts.

Thanks so much for all the information, and very interesting comments too! You might be interested to know that there is an antidote to the poison in cottonseed oil that they use for farm animals, because farmers give nearly all their animals cottonseed meal. It’s lysine, an amino acid, and iron. I put up a website to explain how a low lysine diet (heavy on grains that aren’t fermented, with a lot of sugar, caffeine, peanut butter and other plant proteins) and low in fish, coupled with consumption of cottonseed oil and cottonseed meal in meat and farmed fish, has caused many problems, but that changing your diet, with much more lysine, vitamin c, and b vitamins (iron will be brought to normal with more lysine) will be a tremendous help. I hope you’ll check it out.

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I am not a fan of processed foods in general and am happy to avoid oils whenever I can. However, I am disturbed that you promote high saturated fat alternatives like palm oil, butter, lard etc

The dangers of saturated fat consumption are accepted by most serious scientists and researchers (this excludes internet diet gurus and the like). The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report (and other reports by US and international expert panels) advises us to reduce saturated fat consumption and sets out the evidence behind that advice

I don’t advocate using any oils (try steaming and boiling whenever you can) but, for example, two meta analyses of randomised controlled trials where the primary intervention was replacement of saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat provide compelling evidence that saturated fat consumption is unhealthy. Skeaff and Miller found that high P/S (polyunsaturated to saturated fat ratio) diets reduced the risk of coronary events by 17% (95% CI, 0-39%, p=0.05) compared with lower P/S diets. Mozaffarian et al. found that high P/S diets reduced risk of myocardial infarction or coronary heart disease death by 19% (95% CI,5-30%, p=0.008).

Skeaff CM & Miller J. Dietary fat and coronary heart disease: summary of evidence from prospective cohort and randomised controlled trials. Ann Nutr & Metab 2009;55:173-201.

Mozaffarian D, Micha R, Wallace S. Effects on coronary heart disease of increasing polyunsaturated fat in place of saturated fat: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. PLoS medicine 2010;7(3):e1000252. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000252.

Sara, once again you are at least mistaken, if not outright prevaricating.
Gossypol “in man it causes spermatogenesis arrest at relatively low doses”.

Cottonseed is not food. Honestly, if you have to take a substance made by nature and remove poison from it through any process more tortuous than mere boiling, it should not be ingested.

Shill #2 feeding Shill #1.

Perfect. Yeah, we trust you and Monsanto.

Hi Tom,

Respectfully, there is new evidence that shows that CONSUMING cholesterol is not the reason for DEPOSITING cholesterol along the inside of arterial walls.

Chronic inflammation is a signal to the liver to SYNTHESIZE cholesterol as a palliative measure to repair (temporarily) inflamed sites within the circulatory system. If this process never abates, eventual occlusion results. Ironically, for many people a diet high in Omega6 (source – vegetable oils) fatty acids will cause such inflammation.

Animal fats heated to extreme temperatures, resulting in nitrosamine creation, have indeed been linked with carcinogenicity. However, avoiding this style of food preparation makes this a moot point.

The model of heart disease you are referencing is rapidly becoming a decade or more out of date. Studies of the outcome of reducing homocysteine shows no benefit, reducing cholesterol with statin drugs also shows no benefit to cardiac patient longevity outcomes. This model has already been shown to be erroneous.


Please note a comment far below the WSJ article:

—Diane Welland
May 13, 2014

How can Ms. Teicholz throw out decades of overwhelming research recommending limiting saturated fat consumption in favor of one new study that has generated strong criticism from expert health professionals? As a registered dietitian working with the National Association for Margarine Manufacturers I must say that that encouraging Americans to change from a balanced diet to one that contradicts a mainstream, science-backed diet is bad practice.

Earlier this year, the American Butter Institute released data showing butter consumption at a 40 year high, up 25% or 1.4 pounds per capita in just the past decade. That translates to an additional half pound of saturated fat every year for every man, woman and child in the U.S. The current average of saturated fat intake is about 11 percent of total calories consumed. Just last year, the American Heart Association College of Cardiology issued guidelines that recommend limiting saturated fat intake to 5 to 6 percent of the total.

Americans need to replace foods high in saturated fats like butter with soft spread margarines. Margarine companies have removed all the partially hydrogenated oil, the source of trans fat, from branded soft spread margarines. Soft spread margarine has 2 grams or less saturated fat per serving compared to butter’s 7 grams.

Consumers have a choice between years of scientific research recommending reduced consumption of saturated fat or one study to the contrary. —

Here is “Diane Welland” working as a DIETICIAN, for the MARGARINE LOBBY. See how the defense is one sided and a form of insistence that people NEED TO CONSUME MARGARINE, or they are gonna die clutching their chest at a young age?

Armed robbery of a liquor store is a crime. How come this corrupt conflict of interest on the part of certified experts is NOT A CRIME, when millions of people die early because of it?

I hope none of you missed the fact the Crisco essentially nurtured the American Heart Association into the shag carpet wearing gorilla of deceit it is today.

It’s just amazing how smokers and overweight slob’s will come to the defense of a bad lifestyle every time, nonstop!
Take away modern life let’s just say the economy totally crashes, are you going to grow cotton and use the seeds to make cooking oil.?..NEVER.
Would your mouth be attached to a cow’s tit all day?
If you consume substances that the human being is not naturally accustomed to you will have health problems, your life will be shortened!

Thanks for your comments but I think you have uncritically accepted the arguments put forward by assorted quacks, charlatans and crackpots who argue that eating significant quantities of saturated fat and cholesterol is healthy.

Why anyone would believe that journalists like Teicholz (and Gary Taubes) know more about medicine,nutrition and epidemiology than the panels of real experts in these fields, who have published a range of authoritative reports both in the US (eg DGAC 2010, NCEP ATP III etc) and internationally (WHO/FAO, World Cancer Research Fund etc etc)? These reports lay out all the evidence considered by the expert panels.

These are much more credible than books by journalists seeking to make a fortune by telling gullible people that they can eat all the butter, beef, cheese,eggs etc they want.

And yes, these people and their supporters do like to pretend that they are using new scientific “findings” In a way they are …..given the amount of tainted “research” funded in recent years by the beef, dairy and egg industries which has been carefully designed to obscure the link between their high cholesterol and high saturated fat foods and poor health . It’s nonsense of course, 2+2 still equals 4. The enormous evidence base underpinning the conclusion that consuming dietary cholesterol and saturated fat is unhealthy is not invalidated by dodgy studies funded by the Atkins Foundation,the American Egg Board etc.

Please look at the evidence presented by these expert panels and don’t just uncritically accept the views of people selling diet books, supplements and the like. Or if you want something a little less heavy and less “academic”, you could start with the free resources offered by Harvard’s School of Public Health:

Sara, you have been very misinformed. No one should be eating cotton seed oil. Well over 80% and closer to 90% of cotton seed has been genetically modified to accept large doses of Monsanto ‘ s Roundup. Bt cotton is also part of this percentage. These are are directly from the Department of Agriculture statistics. This stuff is showing up in the blood of newborns.

If you want to be healthy into old age, avoid all meat and dairy products and consume little to no processed food, including oils of any kind and especially cotton seed oil.

Sara could not be spouting the inaccuracies she is unless she is being paid to do so.

I think Sara probably works in the marketing office of Acala Farms.

Cottonseed oil is very high in saturated fat. It is not likely to do your cardiovascular system any favours despite the repeated claims that it is “heart-healthy”. But why use any fats or oils at all, since frying and fat-laden salad dressings aren’t going to help your heart or your figure ? They are high in calories and inferior to whole foods. .

Bonnie – Since most genetic enhancements are done in the proteins of the plant, you could not find any evidence of genetic modification in the oil – but why let a little science get in the way of a good rant. Roundup in the blood of newborns? Wow – just wow. What about puppies and kittens??

Tom – The American Heart Association does not just throw that “heart healthy” thing around lightly, so perhaps they know what they are talking about.

Avoid all meat and dairy – eat no fried foods or salad dressings or processsed foods – what planet are you two from??


If the American Heart Association is anything like the Australian version, you can get the “heart-healthy” seal in exchange for a suitably large fee.

As for your remark about “Avoid all meat and dairy – eat no fried foods or salad dressings or processed foods – what planet are you two from??” …. well, I don’t know where you have been hiding for the last 30 year but have you heard about trans fats, the China Study, the World Cancer Research Fund’s diet and cancer report etc ???? For example, consider this old story from 2002…………..

“Report Recommends Limiting Trans-Fats in Diet
Wed Jul 10, 5:57 PM ET
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fats found in meat, milk, cookies and fries raise cholesterol, government advisers said on Wednesday, but they decided not to set limits because it would be too hard for people to meet them.
Because trans-fatty acids always raise cholesterol, especially “bad” or LDL cholesterol, people should avoid eating them, the Institute of Medicine ( news – web sites) panel said.
The problem is, they are everywhere.
“Having a little bit is probably OK,” Eric Rimm, a nutritional epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health who worked on the report, said in a telephone interview. “But avoiding it if at all possible is ideal.”
Trans-fatty acids are a component of fat and found in all animal fats, from meat to butter. They are also made synthetically when food processors harden fat in a process called hydrogenization.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( news – web sites) has been considering requiring food labels known as “nutrition fact boxes” to list trans-fat content, and asked the Institute to study the issue.
The report, issued on Wednesday, is part of a larger report that will be issued later in the year on macronutrients — carbohydrates, fat and protein — and how much people should aim to get in the diet.
It will join other reports that advise the government and public on what levels of vitamins people should eat. These advisories are used to set policy and guide, for instance, school lunch programs.


The report reviews scientific findings on trans-fats and finds that eating any at all raises levels of low-density lipoprotein — the so-called bad cholesterol. Therefore, if a limit were to be set, it should be zero.
Rimm said the panel, made up of nutritionists, biochemists, pediatricians and others, decided not to do that.
“We can’t tell people to stop eating all meat and all dairy products,” he said.
“Well, we could tell people to become vegetarians,” he added. “If we were truly basing this only on science, we would, but it is a bit extreme.”
Alice Lichtenstein, a nutritional biochemist at Tufts University in Boston, said meat and dairy products are also high in saturated fat and therefore should be limited.
She said it would likewise be difficult to cut out all baked goods that are sources of trans-fatty acids.
“The major sources of trans-fatty acids in the diet are from partly hydrogenated vegetable fat, which is used for commercial frying,” she said in a telephone interview.
Fast food, frozen foods, cookies, crackers and pastries are all often loaded with them.
So is most stick margarine, but Lichtenstein, who served on the committee, said that does not mean people should return to using butter.
“Certainly butter is higher in saturated fat than margarine is in trans-fat,” she said. “The scientific evidence shows that butter is worse than traditional stick margarine.”
What people should do, Lichtenstein, is use softer margarines and oils that contain less hardened fat. For frying, liquid oils should always be used.
Margarines are also available that contain little or no hydrogenated fat.
The panel recommends that consumers look for the term “hydrogenated fat” in the ingredient lists of food they buy.
“The message, especially to food producers, is why don’t you try to decrease levels?” Lichtenstein said.
“We hope this report will encourage new labeling laws so that trans-fat has to be on the label,” Rimm added.

Particularly interesting is the quoted statement: “We can’t tell people to stop eating all meat and all dairy products,” he said. “Well, we could tell people to become vegetarians,” he added. “If we were truly basing this only on science, we would, but it is a bit extreme.”

Same problem here, except that I also experience severe migraine and cognitive impairment, as well as other serious side effects. I haven’t been able to consume it for over 35 years.

About a year ago I started having intense flu-like symptoms whenever I had Canola oil, which have abated since I stopped eating it. I also no longer have a problem with acid reflux.

While most people are able to tolerate the known toxins those oils contain, it seems that not all are, but we are such a minority that they just don’t care.

I recently discovered my cottonseed oil allergy I kept getting sick all the time couldn’t figure it out and just kept wondering why does my skin itch so much even after taking Benadryl to calm it down what’s wrong why do I constantly feel my stomach churning and turning like I’m going to puke
then one day my mom bought a new brand of peanut butter I’d always stuck to Jif or off brand Jif I never tried much of different brands before and I noticed whenever I ate it no matter how small the quantity I’d get sick and itchy skin sometimes even a mild fever and don’t get me started on the stomach ache that lasted forever anyways I told my mom about it and she’s like ok I’ll grab another brand and she did again different from Jif I think the first peanut butter was Aldi’s brand the other was Peter Pan brand well when she bought the Pan PB I tried it to and each time I’d get sick almost immediately and I’d stay sick for awhile and I couldn’t figure it out I looked at the Aldi’s the Peter Pan and Jif ingredients side by side cottonseed oil wasn’t in Jif but was in the other two I ate I figured I’d do a test I’d check everything before I ate it and avoid cottonseed oil completely and I did and my health actually improved and got better so I decided to prove my test so to say I purposely ate something with cottonseed oil in it a simple piece of bread nothing else just a piece of freshly bought bread again got sick nearly instantly I couldn’t even finish the slice of bread I felt so sick and once it was out of my system and I stopped again the results were again the same my health went back up again and I concluded that I was in fact allergic to this and it was causing soo many of my health problems my weight gain my skin condition (atopic dermititis) my asthma was worse allergies symptoms as well I’ve done my best to avoid it as much as possible and thanks to that my health is improving greatly it still isn’t the best cause I’ll forget to check a label or something but I try and the point is I’m getting BETTER!! ppl who have allergies to this stuff can get diagnosed with illnesses that they have because of an allergy I’ve proven it with me I wiped it out of my diet and proven again and again that my health improves and when I do accidently eat it I get sick everytime and that reinforces the fact that I’m allergic so I agree they shouldn’t be allowed to use this in our food cause it can cause skin,heart, respitory, etc. problems it lowers ur BP so it’s dangerous for ppl who suffer from low BP conditions it messes with ur heart and ur skin gives u a rash and like me gave me severe atopic dermititis (going away finally YAY!!) ur breathing is labored and u constantly feel like ur breathing but u can’t catch ur breathe ur lung functions normal but u feel like ur struggling to breathe the air in and out like it’s a chore that’s cause it affects the heart and can cause heart problems this stuff causes ppl to get misdiagnosed with conditions that turn into illnesses that could be fixed before it becomes an illness by cutting it out of their diet I cut it out of mine and my illnesses and conditions have improved who knows who else it could help I say they need to get it out of our foods and keep it out I don’t care if it’s free it’s dangerous to our health and hurts us alot more then it’ll EVER help us IT NEEDS TO GO!!

“But why use any fats or oils at all”

maybe because good fats are essential and good for you? actually if you want to track obesity it started to rise as soon as the war on fat was started

Good Fats do not make you fat, CARBS do!

Sorry, Pat but whoever told you this is misleading you. They chose a time period for their statistics which gives them the answer they wanted and excluded the periods that showed that their argument is simply not true.
If you look at the statistics, obesity started to rise when started consuming more calories. People ate a much higher proportion of their diet as carbs and grains before WWI and fats and oils were a much smaller proportion of their diet than now People are now eating about the same amount of carbs as they were pre-WW1… but because we eat more, they are a much smaller part of our diet now. Pre-WW1, obesity, diabetes, heart disease etc weren’t in the epidemic proportions they are now.

Carbs aren’t the problem. More calories, more fat and more processed foods are.

Sorry Tom the proof for me at least is I was vegetarian for a long time but still struggled with my weight, I recently cut out wheat and eat very little carbs (none of them from grain) all from vegetables, I increased calorie intake on protein and fats and all of a sudden pounds were dropping off with very little effort even without exercise, I eat lots of fats everyday yet the weight loss increased faster then any other diet I have tried, Nuts, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Salmon, Eggs, Nut butters, Salmon the whole good fat lineup was increased and grains and high carb fruits and vegetables like potatoes were eliminated, I eat much more calories then I did before, making sure my meals consisted of fat, protein and a little vegetable carbs kept me full instead of blood sugar and insulin spike problems and constantly being hungry which is the way my body reacts to grains and high carb foods, that’s all the proof I need, your body handles carbs vs. fats quite differently and you brain loves good fats.

I definitely don’t want my house to smell like a locker room.
Step number two begins with you going to the
local hardware store and purchasing an ordinary, but one hundred percent environmentally
safe pet odor remover. While many products simply mask odors or
cover them up, activated carbon can absorb the odor and eliminate it once and for all.

My sister who is a nurse had gains quite a bit if weight over the years. As a child she was diagnosed with 90 some allergies. Needless to say I have gained also and have become allergic to many things. We are both sabbatitarians. We found if you abide by God’s laws of food we will become healthier. Europe would not have had the plague if they had abided by the God’s clean and food laws. He told us not to eat unclean food and cleanliness is next to godliness. Open up your mind to the fact that that there would not have been the swine flu (pig, pork, onk onk) which killed millions across the world toward the end of WWI. Now we are feeding on every ungodly thing out there. Oysters that are to clean the ocean oil and other nasty gunk from the ocean, along with lobsters, shrimp. If you don’t believe me look up oysters you can get herpes from them. Before that we have sheep that man has laid with to end up with sphyllis. Some of our first diseases. What else has done ? Why are we feeding our animals unclean things in order for us to end up eating unclean things. I have more but look it up in the bible and then find the answers in world history and the internet. Plenty more out there. Why would anyone want to eat cotton or meat that has been eating cotton. Soy is killing us, US has reports that date back to the 1950s said it wasn’t good for us. We are the baby boomers they knew it then. Look at our generation how sick are we? How sick are our children with autism, ADD, heart disease, diabetes, etc.

Thank you for taking your time to read.

the herpes oysters carry cannot be transferred to humans, I am vegetarian and I do agree we feed animals unclean things and I actually don’t like how they are treated hence I don’t participate by not eating them

Thank you so much for this article! I thought my sunflower seeds were a “health food”, until I read this article (and others) warning of the dangers of trans fats. Yes ,the sunflower seeds themselves are very healthful, it’s the trans fats that they’re roasted in that’s the trouble. I just read that trans fats can cause infertility, heart disease and other serious, common health issues. THank you again for the article!!

The holder of this web page is full of poo. Most of the assertions are either unfounded or blatantly false. Intelligent discussion left the building very early with a majority of these posters. So sad.

Kudos to the author. You did a best research and if you guys believe in Yog and. Ayurved, then you will find cotton-seed oil and sunflower oil bad for metabolism, palm oil is restricted.

We should try to keep every unit of our body, pure and without external adulterations.

In Bharat(India), no-one consumes the cotton-seed oil. Its used in manufacturing soaps which many industrial-brands advt as Rich creamy soap. They sell filth by getting it deoderized and colored chemicals processed in it.

I’m 100% vegeterian and never consumed any meat or eggs. I care about everyone. I wish everyone follow and atleast try to investigate the flavors, ingrediants etc before consuming these things.

This post/blog should be an eye-opener.

I agree with checking for cottonseed oil, etc. but perhaps not as much about vegetarianism,, and most particularly with veganism, from merely a nutritional (not relgious/moral aspect). I used to be a vegetarian (and at one time 99% vegan). I ate a lot of processed soy foods for that vegan year, and ended up in the ER several times and needing major surgery to get rid of the tumors the soy (phytoestrogen) seemed to harbor. It was the worst yr of my life.
THen I started eating fish twice a week, but no meat. (Took out ALL soy and all white carbs and sugars.) THings got better…
Then after being in a room full of people who claimed their Dr.
s basically highly encouraged them to eat meat (b/c of their health concern), were claiming to get better physically after forcing themselves to eat meat ( they found it gross), I went back to eating organic white meat just twice weekly. I try follow the Paleo diet. When you see women who suffer through years of infertility suddenly get pregnant when they start eating meat, something must be said about that.. And this comes from somone married to a HIndu Indian guy……All respect for those who religiously (or morally) follow vegetarianism!


Namaskar and with due respect to you.

There are some questions rather concerns which are bothering me.
Why you connected soy with vegeterianism when its just another type of useless oil?

You said it causes infertility. That may be true because if it’s used raw then it has some substances which may cause the infertility. Moreover, most of the people in Bharat(which you guys call it India) preferred Mustard or flex-seed oil and had almost 0 food-lifestyle specific diseases until 4 decades back. Even if you feel Indians consume soy-oil which is almost true now due to conspiracy by some western-interests- you can see the fertility explosion. What a sarcasm:) !!

Our food is generally less oily which has become a false statement due to the fast metropolitan life-style. There are 1000+ types of oils which could b dangerous and can’t be consumed – like Peppermint oil. It good for pain relief but certainly make anyone infertile – if one uses it for cooking.

Cows milk and moong daal are the best quality proteins. Fish is also a good source of protein but why to kill any animal when we can obtain these nutrients from natural resources which are considered to be good.

Lets take flex-seed as an example. This is an excellent purgative, cardiac-regenerative and anti-aging – naturally occuring substance. But to consume it, one must rost it. Similarly with oats which have become so popular amongst Americans now.

Food-habits are part of any culture but this does not boasts the civilization. Latter is the most matured model which has the scope for every entities to get fitted in it provided it is not violating or infiltrating other’s life.

Vegeterianism means using good part of natural resource and leaning to those areas which would benefit us all. Water for example is a best source for purifying mind, body and soul. Even slight change in temperature of this liquid would swing our moods differently. Excessive intake of Cold water for long term may cause severe constipation and result in gastro-intestinal problems. Similarly, warm water gets you rid of it. Its so simple! But at times we also have to consider the consciene of not following its recommended ways, rather had to choose its negative aspect for that particular incident. For example you are dehydrated then a cold salt+sugar+oats(flour) fluid suppliment would passify your body.

Last but not the least we should respect nature for providing such beautiful things and follow the path which is fruitful and correct for all of us.

Sorry for my linguitic mistakes. English is not my 1st language.


Namaskar and with due respect to you.

There are some questions rather concerns which are bothering me.
Why you connected soy with vegeterianism when its just another type of useless oil?

You said it causes infertility. That may be true because if it’s used raw then it has some substances which may cause the infertility. Moreover, most of the people in Bharat(which you guys call it India) preferred Mustard or flex-seed oil and had almost 0 food-lifestyle specific diseases until 4 decades back. Even if you feel Indians consume soy-oil which is almost true now due to conspiracy by some western-interests- you can see the fertility explosion. What a sarcasm:) !!

Our food is generally less oily which has become a false statement due to the fast metropolitan life-style. There are 1000+ types of oils which could b dangerous and can’t be consumed – like Peppermint oil. It good for pain relief but certainly make anyone infertile – if one uses it for cooking.

Cows milk and moong daal are the best quality proteins. Fish is also a good source of protein but why to kill any animal when we can obtain these nutrients from natural resources which are considered to be good.

Lets take flex-seed as an example. This is an excellent purgative, cardiac-regenerative and anti-aging – naturally occuring substance. But to consume it, one must rost it. Similarly with oats which have become so popular amongst Americans now.

Food-habits are part of any culture but this does not boasts the civilization. Latter is the most matured model which has the scope for every entities to get fitted in it provided it is not violating or infiltrating other’s life.

Vegeterianism means using good part of natural resource and leaning to those areas which would benefit us all. Water for example is a best source for purifying mind, body and soul. Even slight change in temperature of this liquid would swing our moods differently. Excessive intake of Cold water for long term may cause severe constipation and result in gastro-intestinal problems. Similarly, warm water gets you rid of it. Its so simple! But at times we also have to consider the consciene of not following its recommended ways, rather had to choose its negative aspect for that particular incident. For example you are dehydrated then a cold salt+sugar+oats(flour) fluid suppliment would passify your body.

Last but not the least we should respect nature for providing such beautiful things and follow the path which is fruitful and correct for all of us.

Sorry for my linguitic mistakes. English is not my 1st language.

Namaskar Satyendra,
I didn’t assume all vegetarians consume soy, but many vegans do… So my apologies..
I do apologize also for not having much time to respond, as I have a toddler daughter that I was blessed with…born by the Intercession of a Kolkata Saint, we believe!
Flax I also stay away from, as it is also supposedly a phytoestrogen food. Perhaps not everyone has problems with soy and flax, but I (and many other women these days) have estrogen dominant conditions (fibroids that would cause every period to be an ER hospital visit, blood transfusion, and other women have other conditions that are caused by estrogen dominance.)
Meat consumption in general may have some kind of positive correlation with fertilization rates of Western people who do not know how to eat enough beans, etc! Since I started eating white meat twice, and using the Paleo diet, I have been instructed to cut my Vitamin in half…that I’m getting too much iron now, on top of this I have Thallesemia Minor, and still have heavy periods. That says a lot when I used to need IV iron transfusions every other day.
WEll, I am still learning…We are all still learning about nutrition. I just wish healing for everyone!!
Namaskar, Bhalo Theko! Baba has called from Kolkata, so I shall go now.

That’s why I said rosted flex-seed.

I’m not surprised to know that most of the U.S. Citizens have acute health problems. Few years back I was a habitual coke consumar and loved ajinomoto based chineese products. I developed severe psorosis which took almost 2yrs to heal on itself.

A typical Indian diet contains piper+zinger+turmeric+clove+cinnamon+asafoetida+garlic+mustard seed+sesame seeds+ others spices. These are immunity boosters and blood purifiers

HI Satyendra,
We eat Indian diet everyday (as I said I’m maried to an Indian ,and he is a great cook)/ The only thing I do different from him is that I do not eat any sugar ( or sweet tropical fruits), IO do not eat any white or even “brown” carbohydrates (rice, paoruti, roti, etc, or any grains. This has been a recent change in my diet (the no grains part). THere are not many Americans that eat as healthy as I do, but after several trips to the Emergency Room of the Hospital, after 2 major surgeries, and one emergency surgery, and years (and the mental pain of all this!), I decided to create a diet that is scientifically shown to be helpful for my particular case.
I now buy my nuts and seeds from Trader JOe’s as they don’t user Cottonseed oil in the nuts and seeds.
Curcumin ( from Turmeric) is a very healthful herb. It has been shown to aid many body systems. I put black pepper on my food when I eat curcumin foods and after I take my curcumin supplement.
Another truth is that not all Indians are vegetarians. My husband is not a vegetarian, but I was in the past.

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Very informative. Like to hear opposing voices included. Thank you. I purchased mussels in oil. After consuming them I used what I thought was olive oil in a batch of equal parts rice and lentils, tomato paste, turmeric, and seven other healthy spices. It tasted really good. Then as I was eating I happened to see on the box the can of mussels was not in olive oil but cotton seed oil. So I asked Suri whether CSO is beneficial or hazardous. She brought me to you. Now I have a bit of a tummy ache. I don’t know if it’s because of the CSO or because of the idea that I just ate chemical waste. I’m trying so hard to eat healthy but it’s such a web of contradictory information and hidden additives in the food chain. Then there’s the never ending escalation in prices. Oh well. Not to get too off the beaten track, but about butter; it should be from grassfed cows. European butter comes from grassfed cows. Irish Kerrygold is a little more expensive but it’s from grassfed cows and tastes terrific.

A. Cottonseed oil is not “cheap” or “waste”. It typically sells at a premium to soybean oil. Nearly 5 million metric tons are produced worldwide every year.
B. It requires extensive capital investment and expert personnel to process properly, like other domestically produced vegetable oils.
C. Cottonseed oil has been in use in the US for over 100 years.

Sara, do a little basic research and try appear less of and industry shill. Or just ignorant.

“Cotton is one of the most chemically intensive crops in the world. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 84 million pounds of pesticides were applied to the nation’s 14.4 million acres of cotton in the year 2000, and more than two billion pounds of fertilizers were spread on those same fields. Seven of the 15 pesticides commonly used on cotton in the United States are listed as “possible,” “likely,” “probable” or “known” human carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency. And cotton defoliants are “the most toxic farm chemicals currently on the market,” says Fawn Pattison, executive director of the Agricultural Resources Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the use of harmful pesticides.”

Good job Doc, a perfect reply!!

Belittle – check.
Name calling – check.
Regurgitate biased quote and claim it’s a fact – check.

Not quite Troll status, but I’m confident you can do it!

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