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What's the difference between industrial and non-industrial seed oils?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 03, 2011 at 2:16 PM

The frequent condemnation of "industrial seed oils" implies the existence of non-toxic non-industrial seed oils, which brings up two questions:

1) How do I distinguish between the two types of seed oils?

2) Am I right in assuming that non-industrial seed oils can be part a healthy "paleo template" diet, if stored carefully and consumed in moderation?

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on November 03, 2011
at 06:22 PM

While I agree on the healthiness, I disagree on it being an unnecessary adjective. I see it as a qualifier. Regular seed oils = getting eaten by pirahna, industrialized seed oils = getting eaten by a great white. :)

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on November 03, 2011
at 05:14 PM

Yes, macadamia nut oil is good stuff. But it's not a seed, it's a nut (fruit).

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:51 PM

You don't get near this amount of concentration just eating the seeds.

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Even the cold-pressed seed oils, such as expeller canola oil can contain trans fats if heated. The problem with seed oils is that they concentrate the amount of omega-6, which is reason enough to avoid them.

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on November 03, 2011
at 05:10 PM

Try macadamia nut oil, and you'll never need a seed oil ever again. It's the most delicious thing ever, and it's high in monounsaturated fats much like olive oil. Mac is the new olive.

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on November 03, 2011
at 05:14 PM

Yes, macadamia nut oil is good stuff. But it's not a seed, it's a nut (fruit).

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on November 03, 2011
at 05:08 PM

There is no difference; industrial is an unnecessary adjective. There are no healthy seed oils as they are all high in omega 6. That said, I do use a little sesame oil here and there, but it's best to minimize exposure IMO.

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on November 03, 2011
at 06:22 PM

While I agree on the healthiness, I disagree on it being an unnecessary adjective. I see it as a qualifier. Regular seed oils = getting eaten by pirahna, industrialized seed oils = getting eaten by a great white. :)

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:42 PM

My personal guideline is this: Could I get the oil out of this myself in my own home (not necessarily efficiently, but just is it possible)? If the answer is no, I probably shouldn't be eating it.

Industrial seed oils are so named because industrial processes--which damage the oils--are required to get the oils out of the seed. The other issues with vegetable/seed oils are that they are loaded with omega 6s, they also oxidize easily and are generally rancid by the time they reach the consumer.

If you've ever driven through a city with a large soy or corn processing facility (or worse ever been in one of these facilities), the stench is unbelievable. The oils in the grocery store have been bleached and deodorized to remove that stench before packaging.

There are some vegetable/seed oils which, if cold pressed and stored and used properly (no or low heat--depending on the oil), can be a part of the paleo diet for some. These would include sesame oil, macadamia nut oil, avocado oil, etc.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:50 PM

Even the cold-pressed seed oils, such as expeller canola oil can contain trans fats if heated. The problem with seed oils is that they concentrate the amount of omega-6, which is reason enough to avoid them.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:51 PM

You don't get near this amount of concentration just eating the seeds.

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