“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” What does this saying mean for those who are trying so hard stay healthy? How do people really value prevention? For many home cooks, vegetable oil is a pantry staple. With its availability and affordability, it is no wonder that many are using it for their cooking needs. Some researchers, however, believe that it is a big mistake. In a new study, it seems like vegetable oils are no longer as healthy an option as anyone previously thought. It has even become the subject of blame for increasing reports of migraines, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Understanding the Link Between Dementia and Vegetable Oil
An emerging research study has found that regularly consuming food cooked in vegetable oil may cause severe headaches and increase the risk of developing dementia. “Vegetable oil causes oxidative stress, which damages brain membranes and results in plaque building up in the brain,” according to nutritionist Dr. Catherine Shanahan, “We've seen in research with Alzheimer's patients that doctors will biopsy part of the brain and see that plaque has built up.”
She also said the real dangers lie in products such as canola, corn, soy, sunflower, palm, cottonseed, safflower, and rice bran oils. In fact, a report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) demonstrated that palm oil is more carcinogenic than any other oil. It is very dangerous when cooked at a high temperature.
Making Mental Health Matter
Many people turned to vegetable oils when they were told they could not have saturated fats, but the result has been disastrous. The number of people suffering from serious neurodegenerative diseases have skyrocketed worldwide. This has prompted scientists to re-analyze the 1950s study and determine the real impact of vegetable oil on overall wellness.
A string of experiments shows that cooking vegetable oils can release high levels of toxic chemicals known as aldehydes, which are damaging to the brain membranes. This is why consuming too much may make patients feel fatigued and foggy at first. But later, it may contribute to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Experts believe that vegetable oils are rich in omega-6 fatty acids and they force out the omega-3 in the brain. The lack of omega-3 may result in mental health problems.