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Why You Should Buy Canola Oil

Updated on October 4, 2013

The prospect of getting heart-related diseases in the recent years has hit its all-time high due to the prevalence of eating unhealthy foods, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, stress and others. Many health experts recommend that to significantly lower your risk of getting heart diseases, you must make positive changes to your diet by reducing your consumption of saturated fats (this type of fat can increase cholesterol level) and instead focus on increasing your consumption on unsaturated fats and other essential fatty acids. One way to do that is to revamp your diet by using heart-friendly oils such as canola oil, which is considered as one of the healthiest cooking oils there is.

Origins of Canola Oil

Canola oil is derived from the crushed seeds of cultivated rapeseed plant, known by its scientific name, “Brassica Napus Linnaeus”. It is widely known that rapeseed plant contains harmful toxins, however, canola oil doesn’t contain such contaminants and is safe to use.

When you trace back to its history, you would find out that this kind of oil was produced by Canadian scientists in Western Canadian Oilseed Crushers’ Association back in 1978. Canola oil stands for—Canadian Oil, Low Acid which was coined so it won’t be negatively correlated with rapeseed oils, which was used in manufacturing biodiesel in Europe and is associated with breathing problems when the smoke and dust from this oil is inhaled.

Uncovering the myth behind canola oil

Many have claimed that canola oil is harmful to your health. This is due to the misleading assumption that canola oil is the same with rapeseed oil. Rapeseed oil in its purest form is bad for our health since it consists of high level of erucic acid, a compound that can be toxic to humans when taken in large amount. Canola oil comes from the canola plant which is produced through natural crossbreeding from the rapeseed plant. Canola plants have very minimal levels of erucic acid. The difference between the two is that canola oil is a processed variation of the rapeseed plant. During its processing, harmful toxins like erucic acid and its bad aftertaste is removed. It is replaced with oleic acid which is rich in monounsaturated fat. This fat is very important for our diet since the body has no way of producing them.

Health Benefits of Cooking with Canola Oil

Replacing your other oils with canola oil helps you to get in shape as it can help adults to meet their daily intake for saturated and unsaturated fats. It has known to contain the lowest saturated fat. The processing of canola oil goes through strict animal feeding trials that guarantee it’s safe to use as edible oil. It’s light and smooth texture, and neutral flavor is ideal to use in marinade, sauces, salad dressings, and of course, for sautéing, grilling and baking. It is widely available in your local grocery shops where you can find different choices of canola oil at reasonable prices. Canola oil also has high tolerance when heated which is appropriate for frying foods. Just make sure not overheat it as it can potentially turn Omega 3 fatty acid into a trans fat. Lastly, canola oil has extensive shelf life so you can store it at room temperature for one year.


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      Jazmine Llaguno 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      that's great to know mljdgulley354. I'm still using canola at home and I never had problem with it.

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      Great information. I am glad I use canola oil for frying as we still enjoy frying some of our food, healthy or not.