Edit November 2013……..It is now 5 years since I was diagnosed with MD and eliminated canola oil from my diet. At a recent eye examination which included photographic scan, no traces of macular degeneration could be detected. This might not be conclusive scientific evidence …….but quite frankly I don’t care. 😉
I feel obliged to pass on information recently received from my optometrist.
Many within his profession apparently are convinced of a link between dietary canola oil and progressive macular degeneration.
Having early symptoms of the disease, I elected to remove canola from my diet.
Easier said than done.
Food manufacturers have insidiously added it to a huge range of foodstuffs, often disguised on the ingredients label as the generic “vegetable oil”.
In Australia, many breads include canola, and I have also discovered it in the most unlikely products such as baked beans, sultanas and even powdered coffee mixtures.
For my purposes I now assume vegetable oil = canola oil, until labelling becomes more specific.