Popularising vegetable oil was a gradual process that began at the beginning of the 20th century. It began after a patent for a new vegetable oil-based product called Crisco was filed by soap manufacturer Proctor and Gamble in 1910. A record amount of money was spent on the advertising campaign that began shortly thereafter. (The Atlantic, online; April 26, 2012)*

In the following clip, I introduce myself and talk a little about my source of information.

The Rise of Vegetable Oil

They had hydrogenated (hardened) vegetable oil (predominately cottonseed oil) into a substance resembling lard. It was their version of margarine.

The advertising campaign

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To convince people to forego their usual preferences, they hired the J. Walter Thompson Agency, America’s first multi-service advertising agency with its team of professional writers and artists, who targeted homemakers, home economists, grocers, restaurants, and nutritionists.

They mailed out samples of Crisco. In the streets, they handed out free doughnuts that had been deep-fried in Crisco.

Women who purchased the new industrial fat got a free cookbook of Crisco recipes. It opened with the line, “The culinary world is revising its entire cookbook on account of the advent of Crisco, a new and altogether different cooking fat.” Recipes for asparagus soup, baked salmon with Colbert sauce, stuffed beets, curried cauliflower, and tomato sandwiches all called for three to four tablespoons of Crisco.

Health claims on food packaging were then unregulated, and the copywriters claimed that cottonseed oil was healthier than animal fats for digestion. Advertisements in the Ladies’ Home Journal encouraged homemakers to try the new fat and “realize why its discovery will affect every family in America.” The unprecedented product rollout resulted in the sales of 2.6 million pounds of Crisco in 1912 and 60 million pounds just four years later. This new food bolstered the bottom line of a company whose other products were Ivory Soap, Lenox Soap, White Naphtha Laundry Soap, and Star Soap. It also helped usher in the age of margarine as well as low-fat foods. (The Atlantic, April 2012)

Trans fats

It wasn’t until the 1990s that the danger of heart disease associated with trans fats was recognized by mainstream medicine.

By that time, however, the general consensus was that cooking with vegetable oil (which doesn’t contain trans fats) was a much healthier alternative to lard or dripping.

This had firmly taken root in English speaking countries, and it’s an idea still backed by “orthodox” doctors.

World wide consumption of vegetable oil

Consumption of vegetable oil worldwide continues to rise even now (see graph below), while evidence of the damage it causes continues to be suppressed. (Wallach, 1999)*

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Could the rise in vegetable oil be related to the rise of cancer rates?

Age Spots

If you are a fan of vegetable oil and you’ve noticed brown spots on your skin, it is an indication of billions of these spots on your brain, the backs of your eyeballs, and every other organ in your body.

Since the late 70s, there has been incontrovertible evidence that vegetable oil stays in the body much like trans fat.

It turns rancid producing oxidization stains (brown spots and gold discoloration) and free radicals which lead to cancer.

High intakes of vegetable oils, including salad dressings and cooking oils, concurrent with a selenium deficiency, is the quickest route to heart attack and cancer. (Wallack, 1999. p. 263)

Everybody needs antioxidant supplements

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The damage done by vegetable oil can be cleaned away by supplementing with antioxidants. This can also be done to clean away the discoloration left in the lungs from smoking. The combination of selenium, and vitamins A, C, and E, with their powerful antioxidant function, will do this.

Vitamins don’t work without minerals

It is important to point out at this point that vitamins need to be activated by the presence of a mineral before they can do anything and a mineral for them to finish. No biological reaction in the body is exempt.

Furthermore, mineral supplements need to be of the right kind, for maximum absorption and safety.

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In the livestock industry, framers swing into action at the first sign of a mineral deficiency. They’ve been doing this since the 1950s.

They know more about the consequences of mineral deficiency than 95% of doctors.

Take white muscle disease for example (in humans it’s called muscular dystrophy), just ask any of them what they do to prevent it. They’ll tell you straight away that they supplement their animals’ feed with selenium.

The disease has been eliminated.

Yet doctors will tell you that there is no way to prevent this disease in humans because it is genetically transmitted.

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I hope you found this article helpful, I know many people are aware of the connection between minerals and the immune system but I also know that there are many more who don’t and I am passionate about this subject.

If you have any feedback or questions or anything at all to say, I would encourage you to participate in the comment section below.

Thank you for reading.





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Appendix: Selenium is effective against many things

Selenium Deficiency Diseases
  • Anemia
  • “Age spots” and “Liver spots” (put there by vegetable oil)
  • Fatigue
  • Muscular weakness
  • Myalgia (muscle pain and soreness)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scoliosis
  • Muscular dystrophy (known as white muscle disease in livestock)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart palpitations
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic atrophy
  • Infertility
  • Low birth weight
  • High infant mortality
  • SDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
  • Cystic Fibrosis (congenital)

(Wallach, 1999)


*How Vegetable Oils Replaced Animal Fats in the American Diet, Drew Ramsey, and Tyler Graham. April 26, 2012: online publication, The Atlantic – Reprinted from The Happiness Diet (c) 2011 by Drew Ramsey, MD, and Tyler Graham. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc. Available wherever books are sold.

*Dead Doctors Don’t Lie, Dr. Joel Wallach, 1999


6 thoughts on “Why is vegetable oil bad for you?

  1. Dear Gary, Thanks for your enlightening article. Many people are not aware of the danger of transfats. It’s the process of manufacturing these toughened fat products that is dangerous to health. The best practice, to my mind, is to resort to cold-pressed vegetable oils, or use the good old butter, preferably organic.

    1. Stick to good old fashioned butter. 

      The trouble with doctor’s advice is that it has been slanted by drug companies.


  2. Hello there! this is an amazing review you have got here. I am sure the quality information in this post will be beneficial to anyone who come across it. One reason I avoid vegetable oil is that th unsaturated fats found in vegetable oils, when they’re heated, tend to oxidize. In this form, they’re more dangerous to body tissues and can trigger inflammation

    1. When I first learned about the adverse effects caused by vegetable oil I was very surprised. It seemed to be the opposite of what everybody believed.

      Thank you for your input Joy.



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    1. Hi Charles.

      When you say that you learned a lot, that makes me very happy.

      Thank you for your kind words.


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