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Why one man wants you to quit vegetable oil
‘Vegetable oil makes you exceedingly vulnerable to cancer,’ he writes in Toxic Oil: Why Vegetable Oil Will Kill You & How To Save Yourself (Viking, RRP $29.99). ‘Every mouthful of vegetable oil you consume takes you one step closer to a deadly (and irreversible) outcome.’
It’s a chilling introduction to Gillespie’s latest crusade, and one that is no less bound to shock the impressionable amongst us into dashing home and emptying our cupboards than Sweet Poison was to have us yelling ‘No!’ at that tempting morning doughnut.
Despite the sensational claims, Gillespie has a reputation for deciphering the latest medical findings and presenting them in a way that makes sense to you and I. ‘I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. I have no formal training in human biochemistry or even chemistry. I am a lawyer and the only relevant skill I bring to the table is an ability to gather, understand and synthesise evidence,’ he says in his own words.
In Big Fat Lies, Gillespie uncovered scientific evidence that showed vegetable oils – especially seed oils – are dangerous to our health, despite the fact they are recommended by government agencies. Toxic Oil builds on this finding, adding weight to the argument that, when consumed in the quantities we are currently, an excess of seed oils can not only cause cancer and heart disease but can also damage our eyes and immune systems.
Yet, with supermarket products laden with seed oils – you’ll find them in most margarines, sauces, spreads, crackers, biscuits and pastry not to mention fast and processed foods – how do we efficiently detox our diet? Gillespie has practical tips for navigating the supermarket shelves, recommending brands that are known to be low in both sugar and seed oils, and also provides recipes for meals that might normally be made with seed oils. Even chips don’t need to be off the menu with this helpful guide.
‘If you do what I suggest [in this book], you will be doing all the wrong things, according to our health authorities,’ Gillespie says. ‘You’ll be eating butter, drinking full fat milk, chomping through bacon and eggs for breakfast and enjoying a pie for lunch. But if you do this, the science says you will significantly increase your chances of living a long and hopefully happy life.’
About the Author
Lizzy has more than ten years’ experience in the print and digital publishing arena and is the Editor at Single File. Having moved from the UK to Australia in 2008, Lizzy has worked for a number of leading publishers in Sydney and has particular expertise in the health, wellness and travel markets. If you have any questions for Lizzy, you can send them across by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.