The Truth: About Refined Cooking Oil

Approximately over 100 million tons of edible oils are being consumed annually in India. That’s a lot of Oil.

The presence of toxins even in small quantities may have profound effect on the health and well-being of the common masses including me and you.

Most people believe that brands like Saffola and other refined oils are healthy for us, as they claim to reduce cholesterol. Below is a detailed process of how cooking oil is refined for you to decide if you still think it is healthy for you.

Oil refining is a process where crude oils; i.e. natural oils from vegetables are refined to remove any substances that may contribute to off flavor, off odor, undesirable color, or for keeping standardization, and standardization is required because if 100 million tons are being sold, there would be chaos at the supermarket if every bottle would be different in color and clarity as it is naturally supposed to be.

Step 1: “Washing” of oil using water, salts and acids in order to remove waxes, phosphates and other impurities.

Step 2: Oil undergoes a neutralization process. Alkali which is soap mixed with oil and heated to 180F. A separator then removes the soap from the oil.

Step 3: The oil is subjected to “physical” refinement to remove odor compounds by vacuum steam distillation process.

Step 4: Next the oil is subjected to cooling. By doing this, some fats will crystallize and are removed using filtration.

Step 5: The oil is then bleached. This process stabilized the oil. Bleaching involves using clay to remove color and impurities from the oil. Oil is bleached by heating it to 130F, and mixing with clay. The mixture is held for several minutes and then the hot oil is filtered from the clay and cooled.

Step 6: Hydrogenation process is completed by pumping pressurized hydrogen into an agitated tank filled with oil. This must be done in the presence of a catalyst metal, such as nickel. Hydrogenation is done at 204C and pressure of 60psig.

Do we want to be eating the end result of this rigorous procedure? It has already been the cause of much illness, continuing to eat this is to ask for irreversible damage to health.

Testing survey work carried out: This project was undertaken to spell out the heavy metal contamination in edible oils, especially the chemically processed ones like Hydrogenated vegetable oils & Refined oils. For example Nickel is used as a hydrogenating catalyst for hardening of vegetable oils. Nickel has adverse effect on Respiratory system, liver, skin, metabolism, interaction with DNA/RNA, crosses Placental barrier also carcinogenic action.
Popular brands of HVO viz. Rath, Ruchi,Gagan, Dalda, Panghat, Suhagin, No.1, Postman, Vital, Crystal, Saffola, Dalda refined, Dhara etc. were collected randomly from the local market belonging to different batch numbers and subjected to testing/screening for the presence of heavy metals.

Following the discovery of high nickel residual contents in the edible vegetable oils including hydrogenated vegetable oils, the Indian Prevention of Food Adulteration Act has been amended to incorporate the fixing of maximum upper limit of Nickel (1.5 ppm) in the vegetable oils. But please note, it’s still allowed and if it’s a small quantity it all eventually adds up!

Bottom line

Refining is accomplished with the addition of sodium hydroxide and temperatures around 450 degrees. The refined oil is not considered edible without further processing, such as filtration, deodorization, bleaching.

The process of refining oils is equivalent to the refining of whole wheat and whole sugar into white ones. In all cases, one takes a product full of natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other food factors and reduces the original natural food into a relative “nonfood”—devitalized, stripped.

Crude oils i.e. cold pressed Oil, retain their natural anti-oxidants; which contains all its natural vitamin A, all its natural vitamin E, all its natural lecithin, and all of the other natural food factors.

Refined oils find their way into the human food chain and become the raw material for every cell in your body. Countless diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, allergies, emphysema, stomach ulcers, premature aging, impotence, hypoglycemia and arthritis exist because chemically synthesized substances disrupt the bio-chemistry of hundreds of billions of microscopic living cells which make up the body.

The life of most cells is short; new cells are constantly being made to replace dead ones. The raw materials for this rebuilding come from the blood stream. When it contains toxins, the process of rebuilding cells is disrupted. Resistance to disease diminishes. If you have a genetic weakness and continue to eat refined oil, the cumulative effect of toxins will increase the risk of becoming a host to disease.

Eradicating every guilty pleasure in life is not the end goal here, nor is it a particularly realistic approach to making changes…we all enjoy the occasional pav bhaji, cheeseburger, fries, or bag of chips. But it’s important to understand the consequences of making what ought to be an occasional treat into your mainstay diet.

Opt for unrefined sesame or mustard oil when it comes to cooking . Make sure to not use Extra Virgin Olive oil for cooking as it has a low burn point.

OIL, SALT & SUGAR are basics that we all require and are important for good health. At least make sure these are natural and pure.

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About the Mind

What really is the mind?

Modern medicine and Science explains that all of our thoughts and feelings, and all of our behavior, is the product of activity in the brain. It is explained that the brain is made up of an enormous number of individual cells, called neurons, and that chain of neurons lead out of the brain and into the rest of the body, ultimately ending up in the muscles and thereby causing the body to move about and exhibit behavior.

For example, every time I speak,  signals from my brain are causing the muscles of my mouth and tongue to move so as to form words.

The real question then becomes: what was the first neuron to send a signal when I decided to talk, and what caused it to send that signal?

The answer to that is “The Mind”.

Some people think that the mind is the brain or some other part or function of the body, but this is incorrect. The brain is a physical object that can be seen with the eyes and that can be photographed or operated on in surgery. The mind, on the other hand, is not a physical object. It cannot be seen with the eyes, nor can it be photographed or repaired by surgery. The brain, therefore, is not the mind but simply a part of the body.There is nothing within the body that can be identified as being our mind.

If the mind is not the brain, nor any other part of the body, what is it?

It is a formless continuum that functions to perceive and understand objects. Because the mind is formless, or non-physical, by nature, it is not obstructed by physical objects.

The mind is divided primarily into 2 parts, conscious and the subconscious

The conscious mind

The conscious mind is the part of your mind that is responsible for logic and reasoning, when I ask you about the sum of 3 plus 4 you use your conscious mind to add them together. When you decide to take any voluntary action like moving your hand or leg, this is done by you conscious mind. So whenever you are aware of the thing that you want to do, you do it with your conscious mind and whenever there is logic or reasoning you use your conscious mind.

The subconscious mind

The subconscious mind is the part of your mind responsible for all of your involuntary actions like experiencing emotions, like controlling your heart beat or breathing rate.Your subconscious mind is also a store for your beliefs and memories. Think of the subconscious mind as the store of everything that is currently not in your mind, it stores all of your previous experiences, your belief system, your memories, skills, all of the situations you have ever faced and all of the images that you have ever seen.

The best way to understand the subconscious mind is to take a look at the example of someone who just started to learn how to drive a car. At the beginning he will not be able to talk to anyone while driving because he will be focusing on the different details involved, in that case he is using his conscious mind to drive the car. A few weeks later when he becomes capable of driving he just goes into the car and automatically does everything without thinking of anything, he even may make cell phone calls while driving or talk to other friends. This happens because the driving information was transferred to the subconscious mind and so the conscious mind was free to be used for something else which is talking in the cell phone. The subconscious mind is responsible for the automatically triggered feelings and emotions that you suddenly experience on facing a new situation, for example when you are about to give a presentation all of the feelings of fear and anxiety are launched and controlled by the subconscious mind.

On the other hand, the conscious mind is responsible for logic, thinking and calculations.(actions that are done under your complete control) The subconscious mind also controls some other functions in your body like breathing and heart beats.

Another good example that can help you understand the subconscious mind is the process of breathing. Five minutes ago you were breathing because your subconscious mind was controlling this operation. Now, I want you to try to control your breath for one minute.

Of course you will be able to do it but this time it’s the conscious mind that is doing it. When you let go of the control, you are said to be handing over the task to your subconscious mind.

The Power of the Subconscious Mind

Your subconscious mind is far more powerful than your conscious one. By learning how to use and train your subconscious mind you will be able to control your behaviour, break bad habits, get rid of unwanted emotions and fix your belief system. To use the power of your subconscious mind you must first know how the subconscious mind works.

The subconscious mind has many governing rules. The following is an explanation of each of these rules:

Rules of the Subconscious Mind

• The subconscious mind does not differentiate between visualization and real situations: Have you been to a horror movie lately? If you have, then you must have noticed how your pulse raced in fear and horror even though you were in no real danger. Simply put, because your subconscious mind does not differentiate between real and imagined situations, it assumed that you were facing a real threat instead of merely an imaginary one. Now that you know this, you can use it to your own benefit. Suppose you had to give a presentation. If you visualize speaking well many times beforehand, your subconscious mind will actually believe that you have already performed well in many real presentations and so its more likely to keep up the same performance in the next one(the real one)!!

• The longer the subconscious mind believes something, the harder it will be to alter this belief in any way: if you have a longstanding belief, it will definitely be more difficult to alter than a recently formed one. Law of Association.

• Every thought causes a physical reaction: If you think that you are going to do badly in a presentation, your pulse and breathing would start to race as soon as you start talking. These physical changes were caused by one thing: an idea or thought.

• What you expect tends to be realized: If you are sure that you are going to fail an exam, you will indeed fail even if you had all that was needed to succeed. Your thoughts and expectations serve as the master plan for your subconscious mind, so whenever you think of something, your subconscious mind will do its best to make it come true.

• The subconscious mind always prevails in conflicts with the conscious one: If you are achluophobic (afraid of the dark) and you walked into a dark room, you will definitely feel fear, apprehension and anxiety swell within you, even while you try to convince yourself that there is nothing to be afraid of. This happens because the subconscious mind is more powerful than the conscious one, and will dominate your thoughts, and basically “win” any conflict with your conscious mind.

• The greater the conscious effort the lesser the subconscious response: This can be best explained by the example of someone suffering from insomnia(inability to sleep). Consciously trying to sleep will only make this person even more awake. By avoiding conscious effort and thinking of anything else instead, he/she would find that they will eventually nod off.

Your health is no exception to these rules, our habits of eating are programmed into our subconscious, and bad foods that we believe are tasty are often just a result of conditioning. Today most people know what is good and bad for their health, but they don’t understand the working of the mind, and therefore are helpless when it comes to change.

Eg: Coke commercials – the problem here is that no one keeps telling us how bad coke is and the company only tells us how refreshing it is.. obviously they have to make they keep programming our heads and the output is consumption of coke. I am sure you all know that companies spend 100’s of thousands of dollars in doing research and using NLP to enter data into your head.. this is almost like a work of art..only that its illegal.. and no one does anything about it..Subliminal commands are being given to your brain, so that they can make money!!!You have to create your own programs.. NO ONE ELSE!!

When it comes to health, It also important to understand the difference between thoughts and beliefs, as this is where most people go wrong.

One of the most important things to know about the mind and reality is the difference between thoughts and beliefs.

The difference between a thought and a belief is that you may have thousands of thoughts going through your mind but none of them have any power except those that are beliefs.

A belief is a thought that you make real, or accept as true.

Choosing to make a thought real or not is a decision under the very power of your will. The subconscious mind is the seat of emotion and the storehouse of memory, therefore memory is tied to emotion. Emotion is energy in motion. The more emotion a thought has, the more it is able to move things. Weak thoughts have little emotion. Strong thoughts have much emotion.

Eg: If you have had a weight issue for years, every time you look at yourself you feel frustration and want to be slim, what you have just done now is given emotion to your thought, and the minute you do that, it is recorded in the subconscious because the subconscious mind is the seat of emotion. And since thought and emotion are tied together, every time you have the thought of being fat it brings frustration, making frustration the belief and the thought the thought…if frustration is your belief  be rest assured that frustration will be your reality, as being fat is attached and associated to frustration due to conditioning.

A conscious thought only has effect as long as it is being consciously thought of. But when the thought is intensified with emotion until it generates enough momentum to continue flowing on its own and become perpetual. The thought becomes a memory and subconscious programming that runs the whole mind. Every true belief is not just conscious but subconscious and is tied to emotion. A belief is an emotionalized thought. The feeling of health produces health, NOT your thoughts. Feeling is a conscious perception of emotion. An emotion can run without your conscious realization until you become aware of it. Thinking and emotion are symbiotic.

When the information about driving was stored into your subconscious, it’s was stored as a program. Think of your mind as a computer and the driving information as a software that can be run automatically whenever needed. The same goes for lots of other activities and emotions.

Think of the case when you see chocolates, the installed program of temptation  is launched and you may find yourself over indulging. By programming your subconscious mind with new programs you can fix lots of your health problems and make sure that the autopilot that takes over you is capable of running your system without ruining your health or causing you problems.

Its Mind over Matter for sure!!

Written by Sejal Vora

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