Tessemae Dressings: Is Safflower oil a bad thing?

There has been some “discussion” surrounding the change Tesseme has made to it’s salad dressing formula, specifically a shift from only extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)  to a mix of EVOO and safflower oil (SO). Some people have their britches bunched over this change as SO is a “seed oil.” Yes, it is a seed oil, yes seed oils are potentially problematic due to large amounts of linoleic and alpha-linoleic acids, but instead of having quasi-religious prohibitions on various foods, why don’t we look at this from a scientific perspective?
Check out this graphic (from the University of Colorado) describing the fatty acid profiles of a number of commonly available oils.
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Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 1.38.27 PMThe first chart provides relative percentages of fatty acids while the second, color coded chart, shows how many grams of the various types of fat one will get from ONE TABLESPOON of the various oils. Safflower oil and extra virgin olive oil provide nearly identical amounts of saturated, mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated (mainly in the form of linoleic acid) fats. In a one tablespoon serving of the two oils (which is about 15g of total fat) EVOO provides about 1.1g or linoleic acid, while the SO provides a “whopping” 2g of linoleic acid. Out of a 15g serving of PURE oils. People are freaking out over a 1g difference.
Let’s dig into this further to provide a bit of context: A one ounce serving of almonds provides more than 3g of linoleic acid (scroll down, bottom left graphic listing fats and fatty acids…all the “polyunsaturated fats” from almonds are linoleic acid):
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Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 1.42.17 PMSo, where is the outrage over almond consumption? There is none as that would be silly. Outrage over a MIX of EVOO and SO in the new Tessemae’s line is similarly silly.
It’s fantastic that consumers are taking an ever stronger role in policing the quality of the products they consume but it is equally important to consider the facts and context. If you are REALLY concerned about linoleic acid intake, yet you use ANY olive oil, you are on shaky logical ground.
The question will come up so I’ll address it now: What is my financial tie to Tessamae?
I have used the products, like them, but out of habit tend to use other brands. I was asked to weigh in on this topic and was not sure what my response would be as I did not have the relative fatty acid profiles of various fats right in my frontal lobe. It took me less than 5 min of searching to dig up the referenced material. It would take ANYONE about 5-10 min to dig up similar material. I’d make a general recommendation to folks that they devote some effort towards answering questions like this on their own, particularly before firing off incendiary emails and social media comments. If you have more questions or this is not clear to you, I’m happy to elaborate, but lets put on our big kid pants and take advantage of the easy access to information we all have.

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