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What The Heck Is Rapeseed and Why Is It In My Daughter’s Oat Milk?!

As you all know I am a fan of oat milk and give it to my 20 month old instead of dairy milk due to a sensitivity. Aside from a brief shortage, all was going pretty well. Shes growing fine and appears nourished to the eye. However, I learned some information about an ingredient that is listed full fat Oatly and needed to share.

My best friend was visiting from Chicago and as usual most of our conversations veer towards food. She looked at me and said with hesitation, ” Caar, I have to tell you something about oat milk”. I knew it wasn’t good. A friend of hers had been doing some research on food for brain health and was an avid oat milk consumer. Unbeknownst to me, the full fat version of Oatly contains an ingredient called Rapeseed oil. I know, your thinking, “Is that a typo? She means grape seed oil. ” No, it’s rapeseed oil. Someone actually named a seed “rape”, wtf? If that isn’t a big red flag than I don’t know what is.

It turns out rape seed oil is actually very similar to Canola oil and the both are often confused. Canola was originally created from rapeseed by removing 2 ingredients from the rapeseed plant: glucosinolates and erucic acid. Erucic acid was removed because it was believed to be toxic in high doses. Erucic acid is regulated in foods today. However, Oatly comes from Sweden, and not US, where regulations are different. The label states there is less than 2%, which is the maximum allowed amount of rapeseed oil in a product.

I did some research and found conflicting information. There are many articles preaching the health benefits of rapeseed as a great oil alternative with good fats such as this one here.  It does seem to be used more outside of the US, or at least labeled more often as rapeseed as compared to Canola.

The scariest evidence I found was about a test done on animals “showing that ingesting oils containing erucic acid over time can lead to a heart condition called myocardial lipidosis. This is temporary and reversible. Other potential effects observed in animals – including changes in the weight of the liver, kidney and skeletal muscle can occur when higher doses are consumed” ( https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/161109). The article goes on to warn that there could be a health risk for children under the age of 10 who consume products containing erucic acid regularly over time.

Well that’s enough for me, since I have been giving this to my daughter every day for the past 8 months. Talk about mom guilt. I beat myself up a bit for not looking into the ingredients more. At the same time, I am still learning about this product and the conflicting research. Either way, I made the choice to not give her the full fat version of Oatly any longer. We don’t need any erucic acid up in here.

Good news is that many US based companies have recently come out with oat milk such as Silk and Quaker among many others, which do not contain rapeseed oil! The low fat version of Oatly does not contain rapeseed oil either.

Moral of the story, check your ingredients and do some research. I will be on the look out for rapeseed from now on! While we can’t believe every scary tale we hear or read online, I’m going with my gut on this one.

Snacks

Protein Banana Muffins

If you can’t tell, banana muffins/bread/anything you can bake a banana into are a fave in this house. Here’s a new spin on a nut free version you can pack for lunches or feel ok handing off for breakfast. It’s super simple and one of those recipes you can memorize. You might want to play around with add ins to make this recipe your own and see what works for you!

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Mom Life

Benefits of Baby Swim Class and Where to Look for Lessons

Before I had my daughter I had decided I would get her in the water as soon as time would allow. I read all this crap about how babies love water because it reminds them of the womb, so why waste any time? My real reason wasn’t to recreate her womb, but to teacher her swim skills asap. I grew up on a lake and was a competitive swimmer. Swimming was such a big part of life, and I want the same for my daughter. Of course, I want her to choose to do things she enjoys down the line but for now learning to swim will help her stay safe, avoid fear of water, and get her on the swim team by 6 years old (ok, maybe 7).

After doing some more research, I discovered that swimming has more benefits than the ones I was banking on. Here’s a few reasons why it might be worth opening your wallet for: Continue reading “Benefits of Baby Swim Class and Where to Look for Lessons”

Mom Life

Protein and Pregnancy

Being pregnant means all of your nutrients are getting sucked up by that beautiful little baby in your belly. While I am happy to share, I often get worried that I am consuming enough of the right stuff. It is recommended that pregnant woman consume 25 extra grams of protein a day. That’s equivalent to 4 eggs or 1 cup of cottage cheese. I don’t know about you, but sometimes the thought of either of those things induces a waterfall of vomit. Protein bars and shakes are an easy way to get that in when you don’t feel like eating. To be honest, in the beginning I couldn’t drink protein shakes because it would come right back up. Now at month 5 I can’t get enough.

It is always best to speak with your doctor about consuming anything of questions such as proteins. However, after talking with mine and doing some research, it seems that protein supplements are generally safe. It is just important to be mindful of the products you are choosing and their ingredients. Here are some of the best guidelines I found. Continue reading “Protein and Pregnancy”

Meals

Speedy Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

I’ve had a sore throat lately and just didn’t feel like the awesome meatballs I slaved over. With limited ingredients, I looked around to find what I could to make a decent soup. Here’s what happened and it was good! What I made was a small batch 2-3 servings but it could easily be modified to make more.

 

Ingredients

1/4 onion chopped

1tbs olive oil

2 cloves of garlic

1.5-cup vegetable broth, chicken broth (non vegan) or water

1 large head of broccoli

1/3 cup canned coconut milk

1/4 tsp salt

Method

Add the evoo to a small sauce pan and saute onion for 4-5 minutes until soft on medium heat. Once onion is soft, add the garlic (can be whole cloves) broth and broccoli and salt. Cook until broccoli is soft. Add coconut milk. Blend with immersion blender until smooth. Top with pepper and scallions. Yum!

 

Meals

Potato + Apple Pancakes

Here’s a spin on your normal chicken nuggets and fries! These are fairly easy to make, can be prepped ahead, and pack a little nutrition. Freeze some to be able to cook when you need them.

 

Ingredients

1-2 large potatoes shredded and dried

1 large apple shredded and dried

3 tbs coconut flour ( or almond flour if you are ok with using nuts)

2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbs coconut oil

Optional add in: Cinnamon

Method

Wring potatoes and apples out in a dishcloth or paper towel to eliminate excess moisture. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.

Heat coconut oil in a large skillet and add the potato mixture in pancake shapes to the pan.

Cook 5 minutes or so on each side.

Add salt. Eat!

Warning: I tried to bake these, definitely didn’t work out!