My Oil Intolerance

I wrote an article that was published in Living Without magazine, which came out this month. In it I mention that I have a food intolerance to oils.

I haven’t been diagnosed as having a food intolerance. In all the literature I’ve read about these kinds of food problems, allergies, celiac, food intolerance’s they talk about going to your doctor before eliminating something from your diet, but at the time I ‘discovered’ my intolerance I didn’t have medical insurance and even now I have yet to discuss it with my doctor because it seems to me, very little a doctor could tell me to do except what I’m already doing. Avoiding oils.

It started Christmas 2010. I felt awful. I had belly cramps, cold sweats, nausea and then I started throwing up. I thought it was the flu or perhaps I’d eaten some bad food. But it didn’t get better. The vomiting abated somewhat but the nausea continued. It was worse in the mornings, but if I didn’t eat I felt weak and faint. If I did manage to eat a few soda crackers it would be a few hours before the nausea abated enough that I could eat real food. This went on and on. All through January and then into February. People wondered if I was pregnant. The test came back negative. I didn’t worry that much I’d had a mysterious ‘flu’ a few years before and nothing had come of it. I hunkered down to weather it out.

The only thing was my parents were threatening to send me to the doctor or worse the emergency room. But when I’d gone to the doctor about the former ‘flu’. He had scratched his head, run some expensive tests and given me anti-nausea pills to help me get back to work. He’d had no clue and I couldn’t see what good it would do to consult another doctor except to spend lots of money. I was sure it would pass.

The solution came like many do, not with a blinding epiphany but with slow detective work. Many seemingly unrelated facts formed a pattern that up till now I had been unable to see.

I have known since I was ten or so that when I ate Crisco, canola oil, and vegetable oil I would have cramps, gas and diarrhea. I have no idea how my mom figured this out but she did. I thought that I was very good about avoiding those oils.  I used only butter and olive oil when cooking at home and avoided anything that listed canola oil, or vegetable oil as an ingredient.

I believe my first hint was when I got horrible gas after eating a bagel a few months before this illness started. My mom and I thought it was a terrible thing that something like a bagel that generally dose not have any oil in it would set off my ‘allergy’. I didn’t think too much of it. Then in the middle of February my mom read the ingredient list on the box of Bagel Bites that I had bought to try and tempt my appetite. Canola oil. It was right there on the box. I hadn’t checked. I stopped eating them. Soon after that I found the recipe I’d photo copied for the popovers my aunt had made for us all at Christmas. Shortening.  When I showed my mom we decided that it was very possible that she had used Crisco, and then we wondered: could my ‘allergy’ of childhood have gotten a thousand times worse? Could it have mutated into causing vomiting without the diarrhea? And could I without realizing it be consuming the very things that were making it worse?

I started reading labels religiously.  All the breads listed soybean oil, I wondered if I had a problem with soybean oil. After all it was a vegetable oil. I stopped eating store bought bread and started eating only bread I made at home. I read the label on the soda crackers: soybean oil, had I been unintentionally making my nausea worse by eating the very thing that caused it in the first place? After three weeks of avoiding all processed foods. (tortillas had shorting. Crackers soybean oil, bread canola oil) I started feeling better. Not just better, amazingly better.

I didn’t need a nap in the afternoon. I didn’t feel exhausted from waking up in the morning. It was as if I was a different person, a normal person. A person who could go for longer than two hours without eating. Someone who could make it through a whole day and feel tired at the end and get up the next day and do it again without being sick as a dog. It was amazing. Then I made a mistake. I went out for breakfast. Within hours I felt tired, my guts began to cramp, the cold sweat broke out, and I wanted to sit down and cry. It was clear to me that I’d been doing something right. It took two days to start feeling better. My next accident I was not so lucky, it took me five days to recover.

I’ve done some research and technically what I have is not an allergy. Allergies require the presence of a chemical IgE.  The classic signs of the allergic response are hives, itchy skin and/or throat, swelling, wheezing, trouble breathing, and sometimes blocked airways. It’s usually triggered within minutes of exposure. What I have seems more like what the medical world is calling a ‘non-allergic food hypersensitivity’. There are many reasons why my body could be reacting the way it is. Unless a doctor runs tests I may never know weather my response is due to an inability to digest the oils or because I have a non-IgE immunoglobulan response. Frankly I don’t care why I just don’t like being sick.

Since I stopped eating the oils I’ve noticed my joints don’t hurt all the time. This may be related to the fact that I can get more exercise and therefore can create more endorphins so I have a higher pain threshold but it could also just be that they aren’t as inflamed. I have fewer yeast infections, and I seem to heal faster from scrapes and bruises, actually I bruise less in general. I used to be black and blue all the time from barely brushing myself on chairs and furniture.

I’m not as anxious, and I have a lot easier time making decisions and handling stress. I learn faster and more thoroughly. Unfortunately this gos away the minute I’m exposed. It feels like having holes in my brain, information just leaks out.

I’ve had many screw ups since I figured out that I have this food sensitivity. But over time I’ve learned to avoid them most of the time. One of the more difficult to figure out exposures were from my boyfriend. I would get sick from kissing him if he had eaten oils in the past few hours. We’ve managed this by him not eating oils and having a Celina safe meal before spending time with me. I feel so high maintenance, but now I don’t get sick so I feel it’s worth it. Thankfully he does too.

It turns out the only oil I can eat without causing a bad reaction is peanut oil. Among the products that I have had a direct bad reaction to are butter oil, coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, canola oil, soybean oil, Crisco, vegetable oil, hydrogenated oils, and mono and diglycerides. I also seem to have a problem with  milk that has been homogenized.

The fats I can eat are unprocessed lard, beef fat, duck fat, bacon fat, butter, and chicken fat.

I avoid all other fats including ghee that I haven’t made myself. I’m not willing to experiment with my health to find out if any other oils are ‘safe’. Its just too painful to be sick.

I chose to write about my food intolerance, because its something that I think about a lot. I’ll admit that the very fact of it confounded me, and to this day confounds me. I’ve learned to accept it as a fact of life but the fact that my body can react to something that everyone commonly eats is something my mind had a bit of trouble grasping, hence why I think about it.

In my mental  meanderings I contemplated the best way to talk about my allergy to explain it and how I deal with it to others, I must have written a hundred different articles in my head and discarded all of them. Finally I learned to cook mostly because of my allergy. Cooking gave me a handle on the food intolerance in a way that nothing else had. I started combining my thoughts about cooking and how cooking had changed the way I looked at my allergy how it had empowered me to take control of what I put in my mouth. The idea for my article was born.

The other reason I wrote it was I was hoping that at least one person who read my article and say “That’s me! I have problems with oils too!” and write to me here on this blog and prove that I am not alone in my problem.

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301 Responses to My Oil Intolerance

  1. Angela Gariel says:

    Silver pen I was literally crying by the time I got to the end of this article. I’m so sorry for the pain you have and continue to go through but am so happy you are finding a path down this hard road. My 12 year old daughter, Isabella, has had a hard time these last two and a half years. It started before we moved here to Texas and has become dramatically worse as time goes by. Last night we had fried chicken and she wouldn’t touch it which has become normal for her and we make something else for her to eat. But this morning I made her her favorite peanut butter, chocolate syrup, banana, soymilk (dairy intolerance we believe she has but hasn’t been diagnosed), blended with ice breakfast smoothie. I told her drink the last of it before you go to school and she said it makes my stomach hurt. I told her I used your milk sweetie it is the chocolate syrup you really shouldn’t have it anymore and she said mom I think it is the peanut butter bc when I have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich the same thing happens. I asked what happens? She said her stomach feels like someone is twisting it. More and more foods are closing the gap that was once a diet full of a variety of foods. Between the ever raging hormones and this difficulty with finding the exact culprit in her dramatically decreasing diet your article pulled at my heart strings. Everything from the bloating, excessive exhaustion to the pain in her joints you described what Bella goes through. What we all witness her go through, but haven’t been able to get a doctor to diagnosis or Bella to go through with a simple food journal to help us figure it out. She had given up before the fight really begun. I can’t wait for her to get out of school this afternoon and me read to her your story. I think she will relate and not only relate, but find hope in your tenacity! Thank you so much and I really hope to hear back from you. I am going to the market now to explore options and labels for her.

    • Rosa says:

      You do realize that most peanut butter has canola in it, it is called rapeseed oil, I use only the kind that is ground in the store organic or natural, they do not contain canola, or rapeseed oil.

      • I actually have gotten quite sick from peanut butter. My favorite brand for years was jiff which contains palm oil. Also I got sick from peanut butter in a candy once. Since then I have been very careful. I have found the brand Adams all natural that lists only peanuts and salt to be good. Be careful not to buy their no stir brand. If you have a Costco membership the Kirkland brand of all natural peanut butter again only listing peanuts and salt has been safe for me as well. There are several co-op brand’s that only list peanuts and salt, but I haven’t felt safe consuming them because the label said “made on shared equipment with soy oil”. Good luck.

    • Maureen says:

      Angela, have just read your item regarding Peanut Butter. In New Zealand, we have Pic’s Peanut Butter. I have just checked their website, and it looks like their peanut butter contains only peanuts and salt. I also see that it can be delivered to the U.S.A., so that may be helpful; for you. As far as oils go for cooking I have found coconut oil and olive oil are the only ones I can tolerate. Haven’t had symptoms for a few years, as I am always checking labels, and asking questions in restaurants. Good luck with finding the right foods for your daughter, I’m sure you are well on the way to doing this, even without a doctor’s diagnosis!

  2. Sarah says:

    That’s me!!

  3. Jamie says:

    I have to tell you, this is kind of freaking me out. I thought for years I had a gluten intolerance, but the stomach bloating, pain and joint pain would reoccur seemingly randomly. Especially after eating at a restaurant. I did a whole30 and then ate a potato chip (made with canola oil) and the bloating was almost immediate. Then it happened again a few times with items not cookedntainijg gluten but containing vegetable oil. I told my husband that it sounds insane, but I think I have a vegetable oil intolerance. He sent me your article. I had no idea this was a thing!!! I’m so very confused, because it seems olive and coconut oil are fine. I also seem to have similar symptoms with desserts and was thinking it was the processed sugar but maybe they’re also made with oil? Do sweets have the same effect on you? Wow. This is something brand new I’ll have to explore. I’m so thankful you’re wrote about this. I don’t feel silly!!

    • Sally says:

      I have self diagnosed I’m rapeseed intolerent – I had the bloating for years then the bloating added panics attacks, sickness and feeling close to death – bread and fried foods nearly kill me .
      Look out for rapeseed in bread , veg oils , in the U.K. Most foods and sweets contain this – if I avoid this I live like a normal person – eating out is almost impossible.
      Good luck read every label on every food

    • You are definitely not silly. I thought my trouble with oils was weird at first too but the more I learn and read about these oils the more I come to realize that my body is actually trying to protect me. I’m glad that you were able to pinpoint what was bothering you and your husband was willing to support you. Hopefully you can avoid the oils that really make you sick and feel better. Thanks for commenting. I’m always glad to hear that my story helps people.

    • Sherry says:

      Non-stick spray uses canola oil. So even if they don’t use vegtable oil actually in the baked good, the non-stick spray will. I do not eat at any restraunts or any processed food. It’s a pain….but I feel so much better, so I choose an entire diet of homemade by me. 🙂

    • I forgot to say that a lot of sweets have oils in them, even hard candy and other ‘pure sugar’ items. It’s possible that your reactions could be just from oils, but I have actually read that people can be intolerant of sugar too. For myself I find that I am always attracted to sugar when I am exposed to oils.

    • Berni says:

      An amazing eye-opener for me too!
      Been avoiding gluten and lactose since forever, but even when I ate at our factory canteen I would bloat and be in the most horrid of pain. The only thing I could think of was the sunflower oil they cook EVERYTHING in.
      Stopped eating in the canteen and viola! NO bloating “happy dance”…
      My boyfriend made fries in duck fat the weekend and no reaction at all! So only non-processed fats and oils for me.
      Thank you so much for sharing and keep up the good work and the sharing.
      With love from South Africa xxx

    • The nonstick spray on baked goods have canola oil. Also if a mixed is used, most likely has canola oil. Candy usually has some sort of fat (oil) in it. Safest way is to look at recipes, if a fat is not listed in ingredients but recipe for item has a fat listed…do not ingest.

  4. Melissa says:

    My son seems to be intolerant to most oils too along with many many foods. I thought it was due to his pollen allergies or because it is in the same family as another of his food allergies but now I am not so sure. Anyone found any info on what could be the route cause of this?

    • I find being near a rapeseed/canola farm causes me problems just as ingesting the oil. FDA has allowed manufacturers to not list ingredients that are “in the making of” an item. So often times the full ingredient list is not supplied. Such as canola oil is used in the making of garlic & onion salt/powder. It is not in the ingredient list. This means anything that does have garlic/onion listed in the ingredients you need to avoid. Soups, broths, stocks, spices mixes…avoid. Then there are the poultry and pork items that have broth injected in them…avoid. Best way to avoid is to make everything from scratch, or at least know recipes of foods you eat so if the recipe says there is a fat and the item does not list a fat…avoid. It is hidden and not listed. Also look at meds, lotions, vitamins…it’s a maze out there! Good luck!

  5. Jess says:

    I cheated with half a donut yesterday and I am in severe pain today. Found your blog seeing if anyone else had the same issues. Sorry about your pain. Other vegetable oils I can eat are white sesame oil and rice oil (I live in Japan). When I start to feel sick I take an antacid (Tums do not work) called Ohta Isan, Tylenol, and royal jelly. It used to takes a few days but now sometimes I am over it in a few hours. I am a middle aged male, but one thing I noticed is that our hair is remarkably similar. Brown, curly and a little brittle looking. (Maybe you have changed it though?) So I wonder if our condition is genetic or perhaps we lack something to convert oils properly.

  6. Michelle says:

    I cannot tolerate many of the oils used in processed foods at all. If there is even a small amount of palm oil in food I get sick with terrible night sweats. I mean 5 changes of pajamas and sheet thru the night. Breathing is affected and skin. I had to figure it out thru trail and error because my doctor ran every test out there with no results. I have to read every label every time I shop and have found food items I was safe to eat on day had palm oil in them my next grocery shopping trip. Peanut butter has to be Costco brand bcuz all commercial brands have palm oil now. I can’t even eat top ramen noodles that are now made​ with palm oil.

    • I always sweat heavily when I am exposed to oils. It’s a very acidic sweat that smells unpleasant too. If your breathing is effected be really careful. It very well could get worse and become anaphylaxis. I hope you are doing well. Thank you for commenting.

  7. Carolyn Dodd says:

    Hi,
    I have been suspicious of cooking oil for a while. Feeling faint, heart racing, then me racing to the loo after eating SOME fried foods. Thank you for your article it has confirmed that I am not imagining it and I can start the process of elimination. Carolyn

  8. Spinner says:

    I read all your comments. I know I cannot digest oils – any of them. I saw a naturopathic Dr because a Western Medicine Allergist Dr laughed at me when I told him I was reacting to sulphites. I also cannot have alcohol and the birth control pill shut my liver down for 7 weeks. The Naturopath said I am missing an enzyme in my liver that processes these things. I wonder if any of you also have trouble digesting these other items.

    • I took birth control for several years and I think it was actually quite bad for me. But I wasn’t aware of how bad until later. It didn’t do anything as spectacular or obvious as shut down my liver. Just depleted my nutrition to a level where I developed emotional problems and messed up my immune system. As for alcohol, I was always a light weight but eventually came to realize that even a small drink gave me a hangover the next day. Sometimes the bad effects could last a week. It wasn’t worth it. I don’t know if I have a problem with sulfites. It would not surprise me if I did. I am sorry you had a bad experience with that allergist. If it helps any you are not alone. Many people have the same difficulties with foods that you do so you are not crazy. Take care.

  9. Katherine says:

    I found your article very interesting. I have found that I have trouble with foods prepared with too much oil. I can’t eat much chocolate because the oils cause diarrhea within a short period of time later. I can tolerate a bit of oil with butter to saute meats but usually can’t eat fried eggs nor French fries and can only have shrimp once a year.
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Stacey says:

    Wow everyone thinks I’m crazy when I tell them all oils make me feel like dying. My naturopath even said it’s in my head and my brain manifests the reaction because I’m nervous about eating the oil. One drop of flax will put me on the floor. My guts feel like they are being torn apart. It’s mostly right after my stomach empties. For two hours then. I have no idea what to put in my mouth. I’m always in pain or hungry. I stopped going out. I’m always at home massaging my belly looking miserable.

    • It can be really hard to avoid oils. You aren’t crazy, don’t listen to the naturopath. You might need to do a bit of investigation to see what oils you have a problem with then you can be sure you are eating safe food. Feel free to email me if you have questions. Don’t guarantee that I will know the answer but I can tell you what I know.

  11. Nita Jain says:

    Hi Celina, I have many oil intolerances too. I recently discovered I had a carnitine deficiency, which makes it very hard to break down fatty acids. Although I am working to correct this through supplementation, many fats are still problematic, so we are investigating fatty acid oxidation disorders, such as MCADD.

  12. Stan Koren says:

    THANK-YOU !!!! Wow; right on. I cannot eat Crisco without getting extremely bad heart burn. I get a reliable heartburn type reaction from certain restaurants. I asked one of the restaurants what oil they use and BINGO; it was CANOLA. CANadianOilLowAcid or Rapeseed oil. Very very interesting!!!! http://vancouvernutritionist.com/is-canola-oil-making-you-sick/ Check this site for more info. I wouldn’t be surprised if CANOLA is added to other oils and not to mention all kinds of processed foods. Eat local – eat fresh – eat organic – good luck all. Stan

  13. Sandra says:

    I think this is me too! I’ve been adding extra vegetable oil to a pan, place whole wheat tortilla chips in the oil (making sure the chips were good and covered in oil) and placing in s 350* oven for 5 minutes. I would drain the chips with a strainer before replacing them into their bag and save until a bedtime snack, or stress snack. They weren’t dry, but nice and greasy! Just what I was craving. However I have had diahrreah for 3-4 months now. Waiting to get into see Gastrointestinal dr, but my husband brought up the possible oil connection. I thought he was crazy until I read this article. I’d like to know more from you and what has happened since your oil discovery. Thanks for reading!
    ~Sandra

  14. healthyfruitloop says:

    Thank you so much for your article – I wrote a long reply then lost it because I had forgotten my WordPress password 🙂

    It is been like putting all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together to try and work out what my body has been doing for the last two years.

    Your blog post was the first I found that made sense. Thank you so much for taking the time to document your symptoms.

    It’s also been a lightbulb moment reading the responses as I too have the bloating in a big way.

    Out of nowhere I developed a dramatic intolerance to canola oil and soy milk. The reactions were almost immediate. The canola oil was in a burger from a local fish and chip place and I’ve loved those burgers. Was so ill after that final burger. Suddenly I could never eat them again.

    Only a week or two back I discovered the soy part of the story – my friend told me how she never drinks cows milk any more and how good soy milk is. At that stage I was genuinely unaware. So off I went and bought two cartons of soy milk and when I got home I had two mugs. They tasted ok at first apart from the fact I felt a bit queasy towards the end of the second mug.

    Well! The reaction was dramatic and the extreme in the trots department! Will leave that there 😳

    I also developed a bad intolerance to onions in late 2015 which I used to love. Which I still do but my body has a different opinion 😉 so they are completely off the menu. I have to ask at restaurants all the time about whether they are in dishes or in sauces etc. They are in so many dishes.

    I’m at the start of my journey of discovery of what I can and cannot eat. Your article and the replies have really helped me.

    Thank you again 🙂

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  16. Taurey says:

    This is me

  17. Sally McDonnel says:

    This problem, of IBS after eating a Restaurants that use “fake buttery flavor fats” effects me too. A lot of people are coming out of the (water) closet and saying, “What is wrong? I have to run after eating in restaurants but I’m OK eating real food at home.” The sour cream is replaced with cheaper “sour cream flavored white stuff” the real butter with “Buttery Flavor Spread” and all the cooking surfaces are coated with “Buttery Flavor” cheap oils that do not burn on the grills & pans. Foods taste good but seem to cause “runs” and Abdominal Pain in an ever increasing number of people.

  18. Jane says:

    Wow! I knew I had an intolerance to canola oil and by now I even know to read labels since it is used in so many products that you wouldn’t expect oils to be in. What I haven’t figured out is why I bruise so easily. All of my blood work is normal, but I bruise the way you describe that you did- just by brushing up against something. So now I am wondering if my intolerance; like yours, might be to more than just one oil. Thank you for this post! I intend to investigate.
    Also, I too recently bought a breadmaker since most store bought and store made breads have oils in them.
    I have gotten better about telling restaurants that I can’t have canola oil, but still make the mistake of assuming something is safe without asking or looking.. it’s a hard price to pay. I am curious what you order when you go out to eat other than salad. It’s hard enough avoiding canola oil, I can’t imagine how it must be to be sensitive to so many commonly used oils.
    Thank you again. If i solve my bruising when I cut out other oils I will let you know!

    • Sherry says:

      FYI: Salads are not a good option. The salad dressings have oil. Some spices, such as onion powder/salt/granules and garlic powder/salt/granules, use canola oil in the process of making it and does not show up on the lables. I make my own pasta, store bought pasta rarely list a fat and oil/fat is needed in the making of pasta. If it is a baked good, they probably use a nonstick spray, which has an oil in it.

      • Sherry, Have you been sick from pasta then? I know that your sensitivity to canola oil is worse than mine. As far as I knew pasta is simply flour and water and in the case of egg noodles some egg.I did a bit of research and none of the manufacturing sites talked about using oils on their machines so I thought I was home free but if you have had a reaction to pasta then I will know I need to take pasta off my list. I stopped using dried garlic and onion and it really helped with tummy issues. It’s those small trace amounts that get me.

      • Sherry says:

        Yes, unfortunately I have a problem with store bought pasta. I make my own. 6 eggs, 2 cups of AP flour, 2 cups semolina flour, salt and 2 Tbl of oil. Another place that oil is hidden, broths. They put garlic powder and onion powder in them. Then chicken, turkey, ham often have broth injected in them to make it more moist. I can’t find turkey or ham without it but there are options for chicken.

      • Well that explains why I felt terrible yesterday. I accidentally bought chicken with broth and carrageenan added and since I had already thawed it couldn’t return it so I ate it. So frustrating. Usually I am safe in my co-op meat department

      • Sherry says:

        It is tough, even if it was safe this week, doesn’t mean I don’t have to read the same label next week. Also, just because it is labeled organic, does not mean it’s safe. I almost wish I had a peanut allergy instead, at least it is clearly labeled that there may be trace amounts of it. O.o

      • I know. I really feel that lables lie. I want so much more information and unfortunately people are really no easier to get information from. It’s incredibly frustrating.

      • Sherry says:

        Also stay away from the pkged spice blends. Most have dried garlic and/or onion. It’s a minefield!

      • Thank you so much for sharing your information. It’s really helpful to me.

      • Sherry says:

        I am happy to help! If I can save someone from the pain of oil (just canola for me) I am more than happy to share.

      • Sherry says:

        Store bought pasta does bother me. Some pasta recipes call for a small amount of oil/fat, others do not. I just make my own as I feel “better safe than dead” 😉 Stomach pains are bad, but it makes my throat close up and can’t breath.

    • My mom had the severe bruising as well. It has gotten better after joining me on the oil free diet but she still bruises. Hers might be age related. I know skin becomes frailer over time.

  19. Sally says:

    Hi
    Look out for Rapeseed oil – in the Uk it’s in everything.
    I’m fine with olive oil.
    French stick bread should not contain oil so I buy this.
    I have to read every label on food and eating out is hard. I tend to email them ahead of my visit – most are understanding – sometimes I take my own bread – mayonnaise/dips/ crisps/ fast foods and takeaway food is impossible.
    Good luck 💝

    • Sally, I have found that at least in my town even the bread that doesn’t list oil or should not contain it usually makes me sick. Sometimes they just grease their hands when they work with the dough or grease the pans to prevent sticking. Just a heads up.

  20. Brittany says:

    That is me!!! You’re NOT alone, and even currently I am on the couch down after an accidental exposure to vegetable oil. Thanks for the article!

  21. Barbara says:

    Hi Celina,

    I deeply appreciate your writing, especially about oil intolerance. I have been suspecting vegetable
    oil as the reason for my skin problems for a very long time. When my skin problems escalated in March this year I saw the skin doctor. I told him about my observations. His reaction was that he assessed them as too far-fetched telling me that olive oil was sooo healthy. He diagnosed my skin issues as an atopic eczema and gave me a prescription for an ointment containing olive oil.
    Barbara

  22. Marion says:

    Hi I have by trial and error realised I am allergic to Rapeseed oil also the flower during the flowering season. I cannot tolerate it at all from March to October. It is a nightmare as it is in almost everything and shopping, eating out becomes awful. I was sent to a allergy clinic but the appointment took so long to come through it was December so nothing showed up. I am having trouble with soya and vegetable oil. The rapeseed is so bad that I had to carry an epi pen. But as it never showed on the allergy tests they say I can’t be. I am in the middle of an episode as we speak severe pain constant vomiting I cannot even keep water down 🤢 yesterday I had a Indian takeaway which I’ve not had for over a year it had veg oil in. Last night I had a pack of Walkers crisps after a couple of crisps I couldn’t breathe, voice went, went very bright red, eyes watering and throat closing? they had rapeseed so it was straight for the anti histamine and inhalers as I have asthma. No doubt at all in my mind it’s the rapeseed, also the veg in the curry

  23. JJ says:

    Thank you for sharing. I have experienced much of the same issues over the past 15 years. Recently committed to complete change of diet. Everything is great until I have an accident. Last night my wife made apple pie. She also made pumpkin. I told her Ill go for a small piece of Pumkin because the apple pie always makes me vomit when sleeping. Well stupid me gout up late at night, I opened the fridge looking for a drink and in front of me was the apple pie. I said to myself; what could a bite or two hurt. I went. Ack to bed and an hour or two later wake up choking on stomach acids , coughing and trying not to vomit. You’d think I would learn my lesson but with 3 daughters and a wife not affected by this I find it hard not to slip up.

    I have noticed deep fryer food does the same but also gives me two days of flatulence. Humiliation set is quick and I stoped eating these things as soon as I recognized the correlation.

  24. Craig says:

    Hi Celina,
    Thank you so much for writing your blog.
    A few yrs ago, i was with a girl, who was causing me heaps of stress. But every now and then, we would go out and eat Kentucky fried chicken. Next day, and most times, day after, i would be sick. Throwing up or just feeling like wanting to, and going to the toilet. I put it down to the stress i was under.
    Well, i eventually woke to myself and left the girl i was with because i just couldnt take the rubbish anymore.
    I havent eaten KFC for sometime, then last yr, i was at my brothers house with his wife and kids, eating KFC. Next day, i was sick as a dog again, for 2 days. And it reminded me, i cant eat KFC’s chicken they put in buckets. But yet i am fine eating their burgers. Difference being with their burgers and chicken in buckets, the burgers arent dripping with oil like the chicken in buckets are. The bucketed chicken is soaked in oil and i think that makes me sick.
    The other night, i was at their place and they offered me dinner, so i stayed and had dinner with them, and then yesterday i was sick again. Today i was feeling a bit off, but on the mend. So i ate some fruits and drank some water to help me get better.
    I am not sure what oil they used. But, it came clear to me today, thinking about how i get sick eating KFC and now something that is eaten, that i like to eat, by other family members, i obviously have to change my diet too.
    So, i had a thought, buy an air fryer, then i am obsoleting oils from cooked foods.
    Everytime i get sick, i get gas, but i burp alot. When i burp, the taste i can only describe as rotten egg and is enough to make a person want to throw up. And because of this, it has for the most part, turned me off eggs as well.
    Thank you for sharing, because now this has confirmed to me that i have a allergy problem or a hyper sensitivity problem to some foods too. Or, more to the point, oils. Seems to be only oils that affect me at this point. But, 15 yrs ago, i could eat anything and not get sick. This has only started in the last 7 to 10 yrs. It sucks, because i have to watch what i eat now, but, its good now, because i now know i am not the only one with something like this 🙂

  25. Neringa says:

    Yes I suspect having oil intolerance or inability to digest as well. Maybe not as bad as yours ,but if I avoid anything that contains any vegetable oils or fried in, I feel much helthier person. Couple years ago I started to have lot pain in chest that just didnt want to go away. Tests resulted normal. I am still strugling to fully understand and still have pains and aches come and go and also other digestive problems as sickness, bloating, cramps and loose bowels. Doctors seems to be helpless and it is frustrating. I turn to internet to read and learn and closely watch my own body’s reactions to food, but at times it is so puzling. However it is good to know I am not alone. Wish you all health and strength and to all of us who have to strugle just to not get ill from food.

  26. Barb says:

    I have been experiencing a soy reaction for years, and all the stuff I found on the internet said that soy oil and soy lecithin weren’t usually included in the intolerance category, but I find whenever I eat a product that has soy oil in the top 10 ingredients, I have the same response as when I eat soy or drink soy milk. Thank you for sharing about your experience. It makes me feel less crazy. 🤪👍🏽

    • Soy lecithin actually causes problems for me but its less overwhelming than with some of the other oil reactions I have. You are not the only person who has told me that they react to products made from the food they are allergic to that they are told they ‘shouldn’t’ react to. Look out for vitamins and supplements that list magnesium stearate. I think it is sometimes made from soy. Also some de-foaming agents are made from soy oil and are used in making alcohol. I don’t believe that has to be listed on the label in the US so you would only know if you consumed it had had a reaction. Alcohol is tricky for anyone with any allergy.

  27. wellnessextended@gmail.com says:

    Thank you for taking the time to write about your experiences in great detail. So glad you found what was ailing you. I seem to have an issue with oils as well. Specifically coconut oils. I get bad inflammatory reactions in my neck, shoulders and headaches immediately after consuming. I also have had reactions to Borage Oil (GLA) supplements which contain Oleic and Palmitic acids as well. Wondering if that might be my issue. Can you tell me if you have any issues with Olive oil? Has any other people had major reactions to anything coconut? I get the same reactions from Coconut oil, Coconut sugar, Coconut flour, Shredded Coconut, MCT oil, among others.

    • I do have issues with olive oil. The only oil I don’t seem to have an issue with is peanut oil, I’m not sure why. But pretty much any other oil that comes from plants gives me problems. You say you have an issue with anything coconut. I don’t seem to have a problem with whole coconut products such as milk, flour, or sugar. But I am sure I would react to MTC oil. Coconut oil is popular in ‘healthy’ products but I would bet that if you don’t have issues with any other the other plant based vegetable oils you will find it easier than some to avoid. I hope you can feel better in the future.

    • Hi I just came across this article and thought you might find it interesting. Its about coconut allergy. https://www.aaaai.org/ask-the-expert/allergy-to-coconut-oil

  28. Sally says:

    Hi, just read your blog currently in bed feeling sick from what I think is an intolerance to some sort of oil. I’m so glad that I am across it!

    The painful cramps, feeling sick, diarrhoea and cold sweats only started about 6 years ago and I’m 28. I have been tested for the standard intolerances and nothing came back abnormal. After going for dinner last night and having fancy fries and nearly immediately after being so in pain I couldn’t move I’ve come to think the route cause seems to be the oil used to cook Chips (fries) but not all the time I eat them. Everytime I’ve had a reaction I’ve been out for dinner and had to rush home so I’ve never found out exactly what oil it is that has been used. This also happens sometimes after having a curry which I think might be the ghee.
    Since reading your blog I’m going to make a list of the oils I eat and try to figure it out. I hope that now you lead a happy healthy life x

  29. Savy says:

    Yes thats me! Even I am going though all these. Thanks a lot Celina for sharing that you have experienced .

  30. Kathy Norman says:

    I too cannot eat olive oil and get really sick when I am accidentally exposed . I figured it out by trial & error and realized every time I ate it I was sick. Tired of hearing it’s so healthy!!!! Not to me. I also am lactose intolerant too but can take Lactaid when I want to eat yogurt or ice cream. Butter makes me sick no matter what so I try to avoid all together. Thanks for sharing your story. It’s nice to know I am not crazy.

  31. Joseph kirkwood says:

    Yes, this is me. I thank you so so much. I am not alone nor dieing nor grabbing at straws for my physical problems.

  32. It’s tropical oils that kill me. Palm oil and coconut oil. The problem is that Palm oil, being the cheapest oil, is replacing everything these days. I can do canola, soy and other oils just fine, bur everyone is switching to the cheap palm oil.

    (Palm oil also devastates habitat for orangutans and other endangered species, whereas canola and soy can be grown on plain-old farms in USA and Canada.

  33. Jewel kaur says:

    Thank you for writing. I too have oil hypersensitivity. Though I can eat food made in ghee only. Can’t eat out ……but it’s ok. Good to know I am not alone.

  34. John Bressoud says:

    I too have developed an inability to digest vegetable oils. I can no longer eat nuts, avocados, products with cocoa butter or anything prepared with vegetable oil. That would be mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressing and so on. I also watch out for gluten free products that use almond meal.
    I am ok with a small amount such as a teaspoon of guacamole. But larger amounts cause digestive problems. Animal fats are no problem.
    I have not idea why this happened but I have adjusted my diet and most of the time things are fine.

  35. Carolyn churchill says:

    I think that I have the same thing; except for right now at least I think it may just be olive oil. I’m in the process of making appointments with allergist and possibly imminuotherapist. I cook with olive oil a lot and feel bloated, gassy. Usually not too much of a problem. Except yesterday I saute’d green beans in olive oil. It made me nauseous, throw up and have diarrhea. Im going to have to pay more attention to other oils as I am using a food journal. I’m also dairy and gluten free.

    • FYI: FDA has made it where not all ingredients have to be listed if it’s considered to be “in the making of”. A lot of oils are a mixture of oils, cutting in cheaper oils in more expensive oils. Best bet is to Google the brand you use and see what is said about it.

  36. Charlotte says:

    Please please contact me!! I have the same problem as you! It’s sending me around the bend I hate my life right now, I feel like this horrid allergy is taking over me 😦

  37. Jackie says:

    Hi I’m in the UK, I recently found out that I am allergic to rapeseed oil too. I found this out after many a night being so itchy and irritated feeling like I kept needing to pee. My skin would come out in a prickly heat type rash and would last for days. It was only when I purchased a take away and seen the rapeseed oil cans at the back of the shop. I thought mmm cheap stuff maybe this is it. Yip sure enough it was. I only use a high quality olive oil at home and nothing more. When you research rapeseed oil it’s so highly processed and cheap. So many articles. It’s in mayonnaise, vegetable spreads, popcorn, crisps you name it even in oatly milk! It’s insane I think all these big companies should do more research and check the negative side of this oil. Apparently insects don’t even like the yellow flower so that has to say something about how nasty it is…right!

  38. Karen Tuten says:

    I may have the same thing. I am interested in more information.

    • @Karen, I have lots of info on my blog. start with the oil list and the posts about avoiding oils. I share more every week usually on Monday. If you have a specific question (questions) feel free to contact me and ask. I will do my best to answer anything you may want to know.

  39. John says:

    Hi,
    Three months ago I started develop sensitivity to any type of cooking oil as well. I went to Doctor specializes in Gastro and she run several test on me, she even gave me anti biotics to kill Bacteria in my stomach and i am also using high doses of Probiotics in the hope that this will help me solve my problem but unfortunately until now I am still very sensitive to Oils just like you. Were you able to find a cure for our sickness?

    Thank you,

    • @John. The only solution I have found has been to avoid eating oils. Its not the perfect solution but I’m completely fine as long as I don’t come in contact with oils, which is good enough for me.

  40. Alice says:

    Very interesting article. I have long suspected that I am intolerant to rape seed oil. I thought I was okay with sunflower but no longer sure.

    I have been using this comfrey herb infused sunflower oil on my skin for a while now and it has made my psoriasis on my elbows worse! Comfrey is supposed to soothe skin so I was so confused. Peach oil was only slightly better. Today I clarified some butter with some herbs in and once cooled I rubbed some of that on my elbows and that soothed them straightaway!

  41. E.M. de Groot says:

    Very intriguing and affirming. I too have non-allergenic hypersensitivity to a very long list of foods. This has been the case, to varying degrees, since birth. With regards to oils, I’m fine with only Olive and grape seed oils. I’m really shocked that with your limitations, you’re still able to manage peanut oil! Since I react to sunflower, safflower, sesame, canola oils I don’t dare to even experiment with peanut oil. And I totally “get” feeling hobbled and controlled by this food restriction thing. My SO is sort of resigned to it, after +17yrs together. But I’m sure others think I’m doing this for attention. In fact, I’m so reluctant to even talk about it with people not close to me. Don’t like to draw attention to it at all. And of course the limitations deeply affect my day-to-day, my holidays, vacations, etc.. I have to bring home-prepared food with me everywhere. Forget about eating in restaurants or at people’s homes. Forget about munching ANYTHING out of a box. I actually dream of eating any of those problem foods! When I wake, my first thought is “oh no, I’m gonna be sick” until I truly wake and realize it was only a dream. I don’t need to mention that I’m very thin and am reluctant to run into people since I’m sure they’ll think I’m anorexic.

    • This intolerance/allergy is very isolating. Going out for lunch get together is impossible. Restraunts are off limits and can’t really trust other people’s cooking. Unless they have this problem, they have no idea the many places oils are hidden in foods. 😦 I am severely allergic to canola oil, sends me to the hospital. I have found that activated charcoal helps me a lot. I still avoid canola oil like the plague, but if it’s hidden and I get some, it helps with the aftermath.

  42. Mike says:

    Hi everyone – I have followed comments on this post for a few years now, since determining that I had a terrible canola oil intolerance (self-diagnosed, of course – by doing an elimination diet and then researching typical restaurants and foods that I would react to). I struggled for years with bloat, stomach pain, migraines, fog, fatigue, aching joints etc., all of the usual symptoms that were steadily getting worse and literally ruining my life. I wanted to pass along that I started taking Milk Thistle supplement twice daily about a year ago, and it has been absolutely life changing for me. I started taking it due to my liver levels being off (I have been told for two decades that I’m in the beginning stages of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) and had read extensively about studies showing that milk thistle is a liver cleanser. After taking it every day for a couple of months – almost all of my digestive issues disappeared – and have not come back other than a few isolated, minor incidents. I of course still do my best to not ingest canola oil, and definitely not anything fried in canola, but I have been able to be so much less diligent, and not suffer any ill-effects, with the milk thistle. I don’t know how it works, but it seems to me that it helps my body digest and clear oils, that in the past would have affected my system for days on end. There have been no side effects nor have I read of any common side effects. It is worth a try, certainly can’t say it would work for everyone, but it has done wonders for me. Good luck all!

    • Mike- I am so glad you found something that works and seems safe. Thank you for sharing this information. Could you please share what dosage you are using?–Celina

      • Mike says:

        Celina – absolutely, I take 300mg daily – a 150 mg capsule twice a day, one when I get up in the morning and one after dinner in the evening. I hope this helps for someone else, and I’d love to hear feedback if anyone tries it.

  43. Sarca says:

    Hi,
    Interesting post! I have an intollerance to beef and it seems some kind of oil that is present in baked goods. Not homemade, but store-bought and bake shops. My work often has baked squares for workshops and the like, and I find I have the trots soon after consuming them…sorry for the visual! I DON’T have celiac. I am fine with bread. It’s whatever seems to be used in muffins and squares and I think it’s the oils. I am determined to find out what it is. Thank you for sharing your journey!

    • Caroline says:

      Try cutting out anything that contains soya. Soya flour is regularly used to bulk out wheat flour in mass produced goods. My life has changed since I removed it from my diet!

  44. Phlea says:

    I’ve been dealing with this problem for years. And sometimes I will ignore it and end up paying for it severely. I’m experiencing much pain as I’m writing this. Which has lead mine to your article. Thank you.

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  46. Reality says:

    It seems that everyone is focusing on the vegetable oils. But I think it must be related to an organ. What about the galbladder? That organ can be slow or to agressive. Why else would the body will be so nasty against fat oil. Maybe its just fat in general.

    • Leon says:

      The human body has a lot of complexity to it, and many things can go wrong. For sure, overall, people experience faulty organs, faulty genetics, invading bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus… the list goes on. There is no one size fits all for diagnosis.
      For example, there was a recent scholarly article about fats enabling the transport of bacterial waste into the bloodstream in lab animals. Fats are essential to transport healthy nutrients from the food you eat, so the fats are required. As for the bacterial waste, that is determined by what bacteria colonized your gut. There are trillions of them in there, a large variety of them, pumping out chemistry that will have an impact. Some of that chemistry is awesome and beneficial, some is not. The topic of gut diversity and bad citizens is a hot topic these days.
      Would I blame it exclusively? Nope. Life is more complicated than that. What I have learned, is that regardless of the root cause, you have a reality to face that doesn’t have a well understood solution. Listen to your body, it will guide you.

    • Caroline says:

      I think it’s the process that vegetable oils are put through with countless chemicals to make them refined and usable at high smoking points that’s the issue, not our organs. Unless it is our body’s fault that we cannot deal with overly processed ‘foodstuffs’. Ever since I discovered that soya was at the root of my issues, soybean oil being the biggest culprit, I have cut all forms of soya out of my diet. Now I have no issues unless I inadvertently eat something containing it. Our bodies are truly wondrous things, but they are not made to process toxins.

  47. Reality says:

    I agree, we cant blame anything because of the complexity, But we just want something to hold on, and in this case it seems to be oils.

  48. alesto15 says:

    Hi Silverpen. I think I have a hypersensitivity to vegetable oils. I am writing this through the most awful brain fog and will have to reread your blog when I am feeling more like a human being. Because it’s my husband’s birthday today we went and had some pub chips for lunch. And then I felt dreadful. I ballooned up and rapidly became exhausted. I’ve had a suspicion about my oil sensitivity for about a year. Every time I was ill like this I had a look at all the ingredients of the last thing that I ate and there was always one thing that linked them all: palm oil. So I am now doing my best to not eat any palm oil. It is in most peanut butters, but I have found one peanut butter that doesn’t have it in and I am all right eating that. In 2016 I had some of my small bowel removed after a year of recurring violent pain and vomiting. They diagnosed it as crohn’s however I am of the understanding that there is no crohn’s left in my bowel.

    It is so hard to actually believe in such a sensitivity when it is not medically recognised, and when it’s self diagnosed, but reading how other people are experiencing it gives enough conviction to me that it is real and to continue to make sure I don’t have vegetable oils in my diet. Sorry this is a short account (I have committed a lot of detail about my symptoms and experience) but I really am feeling awful at the moment! Thank you so much for posting about this! xx

    • Leon says:

      I hope you feel better soon. Take it easy as your body heals.

      Yes, it is a scary thing to feel like nobody believes you, or worse, belittles what you have to say.

      A doctor I know who is a top researcher and professor at our leading medical school wasn’t surprised by any of my commentary about a sensitivity to vegetable oils. He acknowledged that medical science isn’t ready to dish out a lot of answers, so he cautioned me to take responsibility to protect my diet and NOT assume anyone else would filter out what my body couldn’t handle.

      Oh the lectures he gave me… “It’s rather simple really, you have a reaction that has probably slowly gotten worse over decades, and the initial symptoms were so subtle that you never correlated feeling crappy to something like an oil as a trigger.” Lots of things might have made us ache, in many different ways, and it was such a light cause and effect that nobody was going to tie problems to a food ingredient that seems to be everywhere. As the sensitivity eventually gets worse (they always do), it gets a lot easier to see the influence a food has.

      I had so much back pain over the years, and since I was in my mid 20s the doctors were unable to understand why I was showing signs of a reactive arthritis. Every decade it got worse. By my 40s, I had bone spurs on my spine. I was unable to bend down and pick up anything off the floor. In my 50s, I have joints from the hip down to my ankle that are showing incredible wear. I was a mess and the doctors ran out of ideas because everything they tested came back negative.

      Sure, now I know processed veg oils are a trigger, so I can avoid them. Without ingesting the oils I react to, I am super flexible and have almost no joint pain. Eat the wrong thing, and I seize up like the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz in a thunder storm. It doesn’t take hours, it takes a few minutes to feel the aches amplifying in my joints and back. Old injuries that weren’t bothering me suddenly start to hurt like I just reinjured myself in those spots. The response to these oils wasn’t always like this – it got worse over time and exposure.

      When I first really had clarity on my body’s sensitivity to oil, I thought there was only one oil with an issue for me – canola (rapeseed) oil. I honestly suspected it was an issue for me back when I was a teenager (oh, so long ago), but I was told by my doctor and my parents that it was “impossible” back then. They told me I was being a bad Canadian by not supporting the product, and that it was “good for me”. Talk about peer pressure to conform and not rebel against popular opinion! I still remember the doctor laughing at my suggestion, my parent’s embarrassment, and me feeling like I must be crazy. I told them my flu symptoms came on after I ate certain foods, they just told me I was prone to catching the flu and hush.

      Was their knowledge about the health of canola at the time opinion or fact? Opinions are not facts, and many facts we hear today are actually based on opinions and inaccurate science with a hidden agenda.

      I am NOT a conspiracy nut, but I am a realist. Take something like canola oil for example – it is a toxic weed that can be highly tolerant to weed killer products, plus there are many genetically modified versions that are even more tolerant to vegetation chemicals that kill EVERYTHING except canola plants. A field of canola is a beautiful sight, the plant will grow almost anywhere.

      Originally the oil from the plant was useful for one task – lubricating machinery. Because we are always looking for better ways to feed the global population and make a buck while we are at it, scientists created a lengthy process to reduce the toxicity of this easy to produce oil to “acceptable” levels. Correct, not eliminated, just minimized.

      AS if that wasn’t bad enough, they use chemicals in the processing of the oil (such as solvents) that are fully blended with the product during processing and then they are mostly extracted – so nobody has to tell you on the label that the product came into contact with something you would normally see on a shelf with a skull and cross bones on the warning label. This is true of a lot of food stuffs, like bleached flour, refined oils – and still no warning is required (at least legally).

      Once again, I am NOT a conspiracy nut, but I am a sufferer that coincidentally sees his body get hammered with issues ONLY when I eat certain foods.

      If I eat soybeans or tofu for example, I am right as rain. No issues. Feed me commercial soybean oil and I get joint pain, flu like symptoms, upset digestion… with a different intensity than if I had the same amount of canola oil. Same thing with sunflower oil, safflower – none of the vegetable oils that come commercially are free of causing me some level of discomfort. Each oil has a different level of aggravation for me, but the solution is to just avoid them all.

      The docs I have known have considered gallbladder (good), kidney (good), liver (fatty), intestines (really good), pancreas (insulin diabetic)… Omega 6 levels in foods (valid concern as an inflammation predictor)… gut biome…

      Funny enough that last one has caught my eye. DON’T read anything useful from this next bit – it’s just an observation that has no evidence of repeatability. One time a lymph node in my neck showed signs of infection (not normal for me), they put me on an IV antibiotics (4 weeks of daily infusions, Oh Bother!) and strong pill antibiotics afterwards (about3 to 4 weeks). All that medication was like a nuclear winter to the natural bugs in my body. I felt like a new man. I was recharged. My sexual performance improved as if I was 15 years younger. I didn’t hurt when I moved, as a matter of fact all my joints and muscles were pain free. I slept better. My mind felt as if I was twice as intelligent and my memory was back to near photographic levels of my youth. Truth be told, I found I could eat ANYTHING with impunity. Canola laced Chinese take-out? Oh yeah baby! Sadly (for me) once the antibiotics were done, the food sensitivities and the issues slowly crept back in over a period of about two months. It really sucked when it all came back with a vengeance. Getting dosed with heavy powerful antibiotics was NOT an option for me to diagnose if something about my gut and the interaction with oils had a link, so I went back to the reality of just avoiding triggers BEFORE they got into my body.

      I knew a lot of doctors that were teachers, and the ones that had a reputation for being top in their fileds always asked me why I bothered cooking with processed foods (i.e. if hitting yourself with a stick hurts, why do you keep doing it?). I always told them I was trying to save time and live my busy life. I supported shortcuts in the kitchen, many that were “healthy”, but out of a jar that said “all natural”. The oldest doctor (Lord bless his soul) called me an idiot (in friendly jest) and told me to get wise and cook from scratch with raw ingredients I can control. He told me back in 1996, that processed oils were not raw ingredients – they might as well have been fully processed white bread, completely suspect as a food ingredient. I told him the literature was raving about the “health” value of many oils, and he had no problem discounting what he qualified as “marketing”.

      His advice was to listen to your body. It is one of a kind, and it will tell you how YOU react to something – if you listen and experiment carefully.

      Typical professor, he had me try something I was suspect of for a few weeks, then go clean for a few weeks. The cycle would be repeated at least three times to make sure the response was repeatable and consistent. As a typical human being, I really only went through the hard work this required when I had no other options and was really messed up.

      Some foods and ingredients were easy to spot as trouble, others not so much. The mildly problematic ingredients of my youth became MUCH more reactive with my health as I got older (when my body’s warranty was up I guess, lol).

      Once I got really good at avoiding canola, I was surprised by reacting once in a while to store bought foods (yes, I was still trying to save time by buying some partially processed foods). It wasn’t the full “Holy crap my throat is closing” feeling of ingesting canola, brain fog, reactive arthritis, hives, etc… but it was A reaction in some area along those lines.

      As I’ve been testing ingredients, I’ve come to realize that ANY processed oil, not just canola, will trigger one of those symptoms to a degree.

      What really surprised me, is that animal fats I rendered from cuts of meat had no reaction in comparison. Bugger. There goes convenience. I laugh and wonder when I’ll start making my own candles and soap, lol!

      I’m learning to make a lot of meals that just pass on the need for fat for cooking. There is fat as an essential component of the meal for nutrition sake in some of the meats, but not to cook with. Ceramic cookware. Electric pressure cooker with moist cooking. Raw ingredients. Blanched veggies from the garden or pre-cooked meals I freeze and then vacuum bag in durable plastic(probably not good for you either, I know) bags that get tossed in the freezer.

      What I can tell you, is that if I stay away from the foods (especially refined vegetable oils), I feel remarkably awesome. You KNOW the difference because you FEEL the difference. Remember all those perks I mentioned around the antibiotic barrage I had? I would feel very close to that level of awesome if I was consistent. I do great for a month on average, then I screw up. Eat at a restaurant. Steal a bite from the wife’s plate. Get stuck in an airport at 3AM with only a vending machine available and you need food. Learning that you can’t say “No” to your wife’s nona’s signature dish at a family meal (“Hey! Why do you not love me anymore!” at high volume, that phrase plus her tears is a powerful motivator to suck it up in front of the extended family and “taste” the dish-of-doom).

      You know when you’ve screwed up and eaten something you shouldn’t have. Man, those oils are EVERYWHERE. Have you ever wondered why it shows up in some foods you wouldn’t suspect? Maybe it’s part of the ingredient list on purpose, but it’s also used for the same purpose that good old fully toxic form of canola oil was used for back in the day – cheap equipment lubricant. If it rubs or drips into the food, it shows up somewhere near the bottom of the ingredient list, maybe.

      Palm, sunflower, soybean, canola – and many others – have an impact that is real to me. The world food industry needs these to keep the world fed for a decent price. Not every body will handle some of the ingredients they use, and more are joining our processed vegetable oil ranks. Eventually, they will understand more about the exact reasons why, but don’t expect this to be a fast process. In the meantime, be your own advocate to stay healthy by avoiding YOUR triggers. Listen to YOUR body. Don’t wait for validation from someone in authority, just because they “should” know. They are people, trained to respond with the knowledge they have today. As that knowledge evolves, the message and their response will adapt.

      The sun revolves around the world? Is the world flat? Are cigarettes bad for you? Is there really such a thing as too much alcohol? Uranium laced glassware is so pretty to eat from? Answers to these questions from authority figures have evolved over time.

      You need a tough skin to advocate for yourself, not everyone will know how to accommodate you. You have to be really disciplined and not cheat with foods that “maybe aren’t so bad”. It’s easy to cheat when you don’t believe in your gut instinct because a professional hasn’t validated it for you. We are only human.

      Just remember, you only get one life, might as well make the best of it.

      Good luck, hope you get better soon!

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