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Safflower Oil Dangers: Find out When Safflower Oil may Harm

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There are several safflower oil dangers. Often health-conscious people rush to consume as many essential fatty acids as possible and don’t pay attention to distinctions of various oils and their contraindications.  You should be aware of all the information about the oil before adding it to your diet. If you have some health problems or take any drugs you should always consult your doctor before to be sure that this very oil will satisfy your specific needs.  Safflower oil side effects are as follows.

Free radicals

One of the two types of safflower oil is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, namely linoleic acid that has two double bonds. As polyunsaturated fats have turns or bends at the sites of double bonds, this oil is not stable and highly reactive. If it is subjected to oxygen, light or heat it may form free radicals. These free radicals are considered to be a cause for many illnesses including cancer and cardiovascular problems. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon in their work “The Skinny on Fats“ recommend limiting the intake of polyunsaturated oils, such as corn (read about corn oil side effects), safflower and sunflower oils, especially industrially processed ones. Also use high-heat safflower oil for cooking at high temperatures.

Trans fats

There are no trans fats in safflower oil when the oil is liquid. However, when safflower oil is hydrogenated and becomes solid and then used in baked products it contains trans fats. Avoid hydrogenated oil not to face safflower oil dangers. 

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Type II diabetes

Although omega-6 fatty acids are extremely important for our bodies, excess consumption of them has been associated with a rise in type II diabetes, as Fred Ottoboni and M. Alice Ottoboni write in “The Modern Nutritional Diseases”. They state that when the Indians replace traditional coconut and ghee oils with polyunsaturated vegetable oils, such as safflower oil, the number of type II diabetes cases increased considerably.

Risk of cancer

Some scientists associate safflower oil dangers with the increased possibility of cancer. A study carried out in Sweden showed a link between polyunsaturated oils and breast cancer. They followed the health histories of about 61,500 women from 40 to 76 years old for four years. Carcinogenesis published the results where mentioned that women taking a lot of polyunsaturated oils were more prone to breast cancer than those consuming monounsaturated and even saturated fats. 

Skin problems

Safflower oil is considered beneficial for skin care. However, improper application of safflower oil or allergic reactions to it may lead to such safflower oil side effects as redness of the skin, skin irritation and scars. Before using safflower oil on your skin, try it on a small area to see if it suits you.

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Safflower oil is healthy fat. Nevertheless, excess daily consumption of any type of fats will lead to its storing in your body. Doctors recommend the fat intake not over 35% of all the calories. So try not to add extra safflower oil to your nutrition, replace your animal fats with it.