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Why should I avoid eating cottonseed oil?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Cottonseed oil may contain toxic residues due to the fact that cotton is so heavily sprayed with pesticides. It also contains gossypol, a substance known to inhibit sperm function. In fact, gossypol is being investigated as the "male birth control pill." Its use as an anti-fertility agent began after studies demonstrated that men, who had used crude cottonseed oil for their cooking, had low sperm counts followed by total testicular failure.

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