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Misc. food annoyances and warnings

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I hate it when food processors raise prices by shrinking the package. Thus we have 15 oz cans of beans, 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes, and (I discovered today) 15 oz jars of Best Foods mayonnaise. Keep the damn package at 16 oz and add the few pennies to the price, for God’s sake.

But then I also noticed that Best Foods mayonnaise is made with soybean oil. Uh-oh. I never noticed that before. Soybean oil is, in my view, a no-no: too much omega-6. I go for the more neutral oils: canola and olive. 100g of soybean oil has 51g of omega-6 and only 7g of omega-3. What you want is at least a 1-1 ratio and, given today’s diet, more omega-3 than omega-6. Other bad sources: corn oil (50g of omega-6 per 100g), cottonseed oil, safflower oil (trace of omega-3, 30g of omega-6 per 100g).

While looking around, I came across this comment on flaxseed oil:

Flaxseed oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. On the other hand, fish oils are believed to contain much more DHA, so many people take fish oil instead of flax oil.

Pregnant women are often told to take fish oil capsules but must be careful to get the best quality, instead of cheap, generic stuff. The cheap fish oil may come from fish with contamination and may not be free of pollutants. Women should be careful about the types of fish and fish oil they consume when they are pregnant, nursing, or even when experiencing pregnancy symptoms.

Flaxseed oil does have omega-3 in it and is preferred by some people; however, some doctors say flaxseed oil should not be taken by pregnant women.

The reason is that flax seed, like soy or even more so, seems to have an effect on estrogen and hormones and might interfere with your body during pregnancy. Ask your doctor.

One study on this was: Brooks JD, Ward WE, Lewis JE, et al. Supplementation with flaxseed alters estrogen metabolism in postmenopausal women to a greater extent than does supplementation with an equal amount of soy. Am J Clin Nutr 2004;Feb, 79(2):318-325.

Also, flaxseed oil does not have as high an amount of DHA as fish oil, so fish oil is just better anyway at giving you the DHA you want.

Meanwhile, fish oil has been found in some studies to greatly support pregnancy and healthy baby development, and may even help prevent miscarriage. …

One such study was: Rossi E, Costa M., Fish oil derivatives as a prophylaxis of recurrent miscarriage associated with antiphospholipid antibodies (APL): a pilot study. Lupus 1993;2:319-23.

Conclusion: Pregnant women should avoid flaxseed oil and should take the most pure fish oil pills on the market. Our most highly recommended and trusted brand, that we found after evaluating dozens of different kinds, is Xtend-Life. Nothing else even comes close to its quality. And it is higher in beneficial nutrients so you get more for your money too.

I take wild-salmon oil, either Natural Factors or Vital Choice.

Written by Leisureguy

15 February 2007 at 2:48 pm

Posted in Daily life, Food, Health

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  1. Making one’s own mayonnaise with olive oil is easy and very satisfying–and it tastes better than anything you can buy.


    Linda McConnell

    15 February 2007 at 3:03 pm

  2. Out East, we can get Hellman’s (aka Best Foods) mayo that is made with 100% canola oil. Has a yellow label.


    The Eldest

    16 February 2007 at 1:00 pm

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