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Soybean oil: Lurking danger in processed foods

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Soybean Oil

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  • Soybean oil in the past was a partially hydrogenated oil, a product that produced trans fats that can negatively affect your health, such as increasing your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses
  • In an effort to protect public health, the government has banned food manufacturers from using hydrogenated fats, leading them to use so-called “healthy” genetically modified soybeans that don’t need hydrogenation, but may actually endanger your health
  • Soy itself contains substances that can work against your health, such as goitrogens and isoflavones. Lectins are another antinutrient, which can interfere with the absorption of important nutrients

A popular form of vegetable oils, soybean oil is extracted from soybean seeds. There has been much hype about its touted health benefits, but there's more to soybean oil than what's advertised on product labels. It could be very problematic to use in cooking, due to manufacturing processes and the presence of genetically engineered varieties. Get the lowdown on this food staple, and why it is one of the worst oils for cooking.


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