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Avoid Many Common Salad Oils

Corn oil, cottonseed oil and most other salad oils should be used sparingly by most people and not at all by cancer survivors. These oils, containing the omega-6 fatty acid, linoleic acid, are in many other products. Some recipes even suggest using salad oil instead of butter or lard in your baking. Even though they come from plants that does not mean they are superior to animal fats. A healthy ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids should be 1:1 or up to 1:4 but not the 1:20 in the typical American diet. Excess omega-6 fatty acid can cause inflammation, affect allergies and impair your immune system’s ability to fight and destroy pre-cancerous cells. The small amounts of omega-6 fatty acids in most nuts are healthy. Dr. Bob Arnot in his book for avoiding breast cancer advises eating no sugar and no omega-6 salad oils. (Olive oil and canola oil contain mono-unsaturated fatty acids, not the polyunsaturated linoleic acid of other bottled oils.)

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