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Vegetable Oil Is Everywhere

Vegetable Oil Is Everywhere

Most people who aren’t fanatic label readers have no idea that they eat a lot of vegetable oil. Once you start looking for these six, toxic oils you will find them in everything!

  • Canola
  • Corn
  • Cottonseed
  • Soy
  • Sunflower
  • Safflower

All promote inflammation starting in the gut and extending into the arteries, nervous system, and everywhere else in your body. They also block enzymes involved in breaking down fat for energy and thus can contribute to weight gain—especially the most inflammatory type of weight gain—around the waist, called omental fat.

When people following a Paleo diet stop eating take out and processed foods, they also drastically reduce the intake of these highly pro-inflammatory foods. This is just one of many reasons a Paleo diet boosts your health. (Of note, in spite of my general support of the Paleo diet, my belief is that you can consume dairy and even grains, as we explain in Chapter 7 of Deep Nutrition)


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I would like to thank you for literally saving my life. Back in February, I had to be hospitalized while on vacation in Phoenix with an A1C of 11% and had to start taking 2 types of insulin and 2 other meds. I read the Fatburn Fix in April, and followed the program to a tee, and I’m down by 15 pounds, 6.8 A1C, and only one once weekly diabetes medicine. Prior to reading the book, it was almost impossible for me to lose weight as a diabetic. 

Leontyne Tompkins

I feel free

For the last month, I have really been reading all labels on everything. I have completely remove those 8 oils you talk about. I must tell you, I feel great! I have more energy and I am now 197 lbs (have always been around 205 to 210lbs). I eat potatoes with real butter, grass fed steak, pasta with the right toppings. I eat everything! I seem to crave less sugar. I love it! 

Robert Kirkendall

I feel so much better

I had terrible aches and pains everywhere in my body, my hands, shoulders and knees. I feel so much better and the way I feel is motivating me every day! Thank you

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Heart Palpitations have Stopped

I’ve lost 20+ pounds (also fasting 16-24 hours daily) and haven’t had palpitations except for one occasion — I had a mini bag of Fritos for the first time in July. And, I feel better now on a daily basis than I ever did all through college.

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I’ve lost over 50 pounds

I’ve lost over 50 pounds. I’m 56 years old. Cutting processed food and unhealthy fats from my diet was one of the first things I did on my health recovery journey...I went cold turkey off the bad oils. Emptied my pantry into the trash and just started eating real food

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Fatburn Fix reader

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FatBurn Fix reader

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I love your Fatburn Fix!  Has helped me so so much!  I have had the dreaded weight all my life - 20 or so pounds I could never shed.  I have lost that now. I only eat 2 meals a day lunch and dinner with a glass of milk or cappuccino around 4 to hold me over. No snacking and not bad oils.  It has been the key to unlocking my fatburn.  I work out in the am and believe I am burning fat for energy not from food!

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Completed Dr Cate's online course
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Ken D Berry

Dismantles the lie

Dr. Cate dismantles the lie that seed oils are healthy, which may the biggest lie about nutrition and health because it’s so insidious.  

Ken D Berry, MD
Author of Lies My Doctor Told Me
Dr. Drew Pinsky

She knows the chemistry

Dr. Cate alerts us to the harms of seed oils and she’s convincing because she knows the chemistry better than anyone.

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Brian Lenkzes

Highly recommend The Fatburn Fix

Dr. Shanahan has had a significant impact on my practice of medicine. I am known as a Low Carb Doctor, but I never really appreciated the negative effects of processed seed oils on the health of my patients. I highly recommend The Fatburn Fix to my patients and have a loaner copy in my waiting room. It is amazing how quickly blood sugars and overall health improves with cutting seed oils. It is not just about the carbs!

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CEO of LowCarbMD San Diego, co-host of Low Carb MD Podcast and host of Life's Best Medicine Podcast
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Dr. Cate reordered my diet when I was with the L.A. Lakers, and the benefits, for me personally, were felt immediately and have served me to this day. I’ve come to take real food so seriously I started a small family farm. I know of no M.D./nutritionist more respected in the sports world than Dr. Cate Shanahan.

Chris Kaman
NBA Player
Mark Sisson

Brought seed oil issue front and center

Cate brought the seed oil issue front and center. Healthy fats matter. So much so that I created an entire product line to swap out bad fats with good.

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Pull up a chair…

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Dave Asprey
Author of the Bulletproof Diet

The key to unlocking my fatburn

I love your Fatburn Fix!  Has helped me so so much!  I have had the dreaded weight all my life - 20 or so pounds I could never shed.  I have lost that now. I only eat 2 meals a day lunch and dinner with a glass of milk or cappuccino around 4 to hold me over. No snacking and not bad oils.  It has been the key to unlocking my fatburn.  

Lauren Smith

Saved my life

I would like to thank you for literally saving my life. Back in February, I had to be hospitalized while on vacation in Phoenix with an A1C of 11% and had to start taking 2 types of insulin and 2 other meds. I read the Fatburn Fix in April, and followed the program to a tee, and I’m down by 15 pounds, 6.8 A1C, and only one once weekly diabetes medicine. 

Leontyne Tompkins

Tears of joy

 I'm crying tears of joy and appreciation for all you've done for me and my health! Without Deep Nutrition and Fatburn Fix, I would literally still be in the vicious cycle I'd been fighting all my life! In a nutshell - I am no longer a compulsive overeating addict suffering under the crushing 'thumb' of all food and alcohol.     

Penni Wicks

Dr G Spiteller has been quietlly publishing articles on the harms of exposure to refined PUFA (polyunsaturated fat) for over a decade. If you need any more convincing after reading his publications, read Chapter 8 of Deep Nutrition.

Canola and other “vegetable” oils have made their way into the majority of foods in the stores simply because they are cheap, which is partly due to subsidies. Their toxicity actually provides benefits to manufacturers who elect to use them. For example, adding them to foods prevents mold growth. Unfortunately, it also turns would-be healthy foods pro-inflammatory, and contributes heavily to intestinal problems and immune system disorders, just to name a few.

Dr. Cate

With over two decades of clinical experience and expertise in genetic and biochemical research, Dr. Cate can help you to reverse metabolic disease and reshape your body.

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Are you familiar with Earth Balance? Earth Balance claims that they process their oils in a less harmful way. Is Earth Balance also bad? (I wouldn’t normally eat it, but the people I live with cook with it a lot and we share meals).

  2. In your books you state without documentation that soy milk is unhealthy- why is that true?

    Also there is a short statement that microwaving food is unhealthy- what are the data that support that?

    1. Soy milk is a processed food. We advise against recipes that rely on microwaves for cooking and the reasoning has to do with the lack of ability to control the heat distribution in meat so that it often comes out rubbery — a sign of protein polymerization.

    1. It’s really about the processing. Grapeseed is mass produced for restaurants and in that case is unhealthy. When artisanaly (sp?) produced and sold in tiny and expensive bottles grapeseed is healthy. The same applies to any oil. The oils listed in the video are almost always processed in ways that destroy nutrients and create toxins.

  3. Is Canola Oil same as Colza Oil?
    I’m from Belgium and here we have something called “Koolzaad olie” but i’m not sure if this colza or canola or if it’s the same and i should avoid both.

    Btw, on the cover it says rich in omega-3.

    1. Canola oil comes from the Canola plant. I don’t know if Canola translates to Koolzaad, but would not think so because Canola is also an acronym and stands for Canadian Low Eruic Acid.
      We wrote chapter Eight of Deep Nutrition to help clear up the confusion the reason omega-3 in Canola, which actually works against you.

  4. Dr. Cate,
    I have been making bone broths (delicious!) but I have a question about them. Is it okay not to strain them and just leave them with the vegetables/meat in the refrigerator until I finish the batch? They don’t last more than three days! Also, what do you think of intermittent fasting? For example a weekly 24 hour fast. Would you recommend them? Thank you so much!

  5. Hello there. I actually I am trying those broths lately. They are soo good! Some questions Dr. Cate: Is it okay to leaves the vegetables and meat/bones in the broth and put it in the refrigerator instead of straining it? I like to just put the whole thing is the refrigerator (not freezer) and eat it throughout the day, I think I like it better like that than straining it and each batch I make does not last longer than a week anyways. Also, what are your thoughts on intermittent fasting? I been wanting to do one or two 24 hrs fasts weekly and I have done some research and it seems to be beneficial for the digestive system. Thank you so much!

  6. Hello. I was reading your articles and I think this is the best place to place this question. I am on a primal diet for about 5 or 6 months (a lot of raw animal products such as grass-fed liver and butter) and my skin has improved but it’s not quiet clear yet, I still have some breakouts here and there. I do have your book and read your discussion on vegetables oils and of course I avoid that and sugar, even from fruits. Do you have any special recommendation for acne in the forms of preferred foods? Maybe some supplements aside from fermented cod liver oil which I do take. Just want to let you know that your book is highly enjoyable specially the “Offal-y Good For You” section! Looking forward for the third one!

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