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Vegetable Oils Linked to Cancer Says Scientists
However, new research has found there may be a significant link between vegetable oil and heart disease, cancer, inflammation, rising blood pressure and mental health.
Oils such as corn, sunflower, palm and soya bean oils, often collectively called 'vegetable oil' have been found to release chemicals called aldehydes that could be linked to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's.
A professor of bioanalytical chemistry and chemical pathology at DeMontford University, Martin Grootveld, said that meals fried in vegetable oils, such as fish and chips, contain as much as 100 to 200 times more toxic aldehydes than the safe daily limit according to the World Health Organisation.
The types of oil and fat that release the least amount of toxic chemicals when heated were coconut oil, butter and extra virgin olive oil.
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