GYM VLOG #23
Author: Julia Dulgerova
Seed oils, which are often used for cooking and making food, have been criticized because of how they are made and how they can affect our health. Many seed oils like soybean, corn, and canola oil are extracted using chemicals like hexane, which can leave behind some chemicals in the oil. These oils are also refined using processes like bleaching and deodorizing to make them look and taste better and last longer. However, these processes remove good stuff like natural antioxidants, leaving behind oils that are high in omega-6 fatty acids and can easily go bad. Eating a lot of these oils, especially the ones high in omega-6, can lead to inflammation, stress on our bodies, and a higher risk of diseases like heart problems. Scientists are finding that some seed oils could affect our skin in unexpected ways. It might sound surprising, but studies show that eating these oils could make our skin more likely to get sunburned. This shows us how important it is to think about what we eat and how it affects our skin. It also teaches us that what we eat can affect how well our skin can handle sunlight. That’s why many health experts suggest using healthier oils like olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil instead of seed oils whenever you can.
Many of the packaged foods we buy have seed oils like soybean, corn, canola, and sunflower oil in them. These oils are used in things like salad dressings, mayonnaise, baked goods, snacks, and fried foods because they are cheap and don’t have much flavor. But it’s important to know that in the past, people mainly used animal fats like lard, tallow, and butter for cooking. Unlike seed oils, which have a lot of omega-6 fats and can go bad easily, animal fats are more stable and have a good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. They also have important vitamins like A, D, and K2, which are really good for our health. So, using traditional cooking fats from animals is a healthier choice than using seed oils because they give us good nutrients and are more stable when we cook with them.
New research has shown that using seed oils might make our skin more likely to get sunburned. These oils, often found in processed foods and cooking oils, have a lot of polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-6 fats. Eating too much of these fats can cause inflammation and stress in our bodies, which can make our skin more sensitive to the sun’s UV rays. On the other hand, traditional fats like tallow, which come from animals, are a natural option that’s better for our skin. Tallow has a good mix of fats and lots of vitamins that are great for our skin. When we use tallow balm on our skin, it can work like a moisturizer and protect our skin from the sun. This helps keep our skin healthy and reduces the chance of getting sunburned, without the possible problems of regular sunscreen. Choosing natural options like tallow balm can help keep our skin safe while avoiding harmful ingredients in regular sunscreen.
Seed oils, found in many processed foods and cooking oils, can upset the balance of good bacteria in our gut. Eating a lot of seed oils, especially those high in omega-6 fats like soybean, corn, and sunflower oil, can cause inflammation and stress in our gut. These oils have a lot more omega-6 fats than omega-3 fats, which can mess up the mix of bacteria in our gut and lead to problems. Also, when seed oils are made, they go through harsh processes that remove the good stuff like natural antioxidants. This makes our gut health even worse. Having an unbalanced gut bacteria mix has been linked to digestive problems, weak immune systems, and long-term inflammation in the body. To help our gut, it’s better to use healthier fats like olive oil or coconut oil instead of seed oils. This can keep our gut bacteria diverse and balanced, which is good for our digestion and overall health.
In summary, using a lot of seed oils in our diets can be bad for our health. They might mess up the balance of good bacteria in our gut, make our skin more sensitive to sunburns, and even lead to chronic diseases. Recent studies show that traditional fats like tallow are a better choice. They have a good mix of fats and are more stable. Instead of using a lot of seed oils, we can use natural options like tallow balm for our skin. This can help protect our bodies from harmful ingredients. Also, it’s a good idea to eat more whole, unprocessed foods and have a diverse diet to keep our bodies healthy. By being aware and making smart food choices, we can take steps to stay healthy and avoid the downsides of seed oils.