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'Healthy' Soybean Oil Causes Genetic Changes in the Brain Linked to Neurological Disease

Study shows the most widely consumed edible oil in the US could be bad for the brain – and that oil from soybeans genetically engineered to be healthier is just as bad

Eating soybean oil has already been linked to obesity and diabetes.[1] Now new research from scientists at the University of California Riverside shows it could also adversely affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson's disease, anxiety, schizophrenia, and depression.[2]

The study also debunks advertising claims that the low-linoleic acid Plenish soybean, developed by DuPont Pioneer, has a "healthier nutritional profile" when "health" is viewed holistically.

Soybean oil is used for fast food frying, added to packaged foods, and fed to livestock. It is by far the most widely produced and consumed edible oil in the US, according to the US Department of Agriculture. The Plenish soybean is genetically engineered to have low linoleic acid, resulting in an oil that's claimed to be healthy because it generates less trans fats during cooking. Trans fats are linked with heart disease.