Cottonseed oil is one of the cheapest edible oils in the United States making it a favored ingredient in processed food products like breads, cereals, crackers, cookies,commercial salad dressings, and margarine. It is said to be low in trans fat, which, according to its supporters, makes it a healthful option. It is similar to canola, corn, safflower, soybean, and sunflower in terms of its unsaturated fat oil composition.
While it boasts relatively low concentrations of trans fat and stability, these “benefits” show only half of the story. Cottonseed oil, whether unrefined or processed, can bring significant problems to your health.
It unhealthy because it is too high in saturated fat and too low in monounsaturated fat. What’s more, cottonseed oil may contain natural toxins and has unacceptably high levels of pesticide residues.
Aldicarb, cotton’s second best-selling insecticide and most acutely poisonous to humans, can kill a man with just one drop absorbed through the skin.
It is still used in 25 countries and the U.S., where 16 states have reported it in their groundwater. (cotton is not classified as a food crop, and farmers use many agrichemicals when growing it).
Be on the lookout for cottonseed oil in packaged foods, and avoid any products that contain it.
Manufacturers like it because it’s cheap, and products that say “may contain one or more of these oils” and list cottonseed, will almost certainly contain it.
Cottonseed meal, hulls, and whole seeds are also commonly used as animal feed. The insecticide residues are stored in the fat of the animals and show up in their meat and milk. When we consume these animal-derived foods, the insecticides are passed on to us and stored in our fat.
Use organic milk and animal-derived products from pasture-raised animals.