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Q. How Healthy Is Canola Oil Really?

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., March/April 2010

How Healthy is Canola Oil?

A. Canola oil comes from canola seeds. They are a genetic variation of rapeseed that was developed in the 1960s using traditional plant-breeding methods to make the rapeseed more palatable.

But canola often gets a bad rap. For example, we get questions from people who’ve heard canola oil is toxic and can cause various diseases, from emphysema to Mad Cow. The truth is there are no sound scientific studies suggesting a link between canola oil and any disease.

We also hear concerns that canola oil is genetically engineered (GE). This is true—most canola (93 percent in the U.S.) is GE. If that’s a concern for you, choose certified organic.

EatingWell often uses canola oil in our recipes because it’s one of the healthiest oil choices. It’s a good source of monounsaturated fats, the kind that, when used to replace saturated fats like butter and cheese, can help reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and lower your risk of heart disease. Canola is the richest cooking-oil source of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fat that has been linked to heart health.

Canola is also versatile: it has a neutral taste, light texture and a medium-high smoke point, so it works well for sautéing and baking. (An oil’s smoke point is the temperature at which it begins to smoke. When it does, disease-causing carcinogens and free radicals are released, so you never want to heat your oil to that point.)

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What you have posted is the classic Agribusiness spiel on Canola. What nonsense. Canola oil will kill you. Rape seed oil is poison. People there is huge money involved in punting Canola so don't believe anything you read especially wikipedia articles which are easily manipulated to a ceratin view point and read like fact whne in fact wiki themselves state that their articles should be read with a large dose of salt. The minute a manufacturer says "there is no conclusive evidence"........run!!!!!

Anonymous

04/30/2012 - 12:24am

" I poured some on the sidewalk,and it remained there for like two months,even through rain!"

Sounds pretty typical for *any* kind of oil, as you may be aware oil and water don't mix. And spraying an insect with *any* kind of oil is going to ruin its day.

Anonymous

04/08/2012 - 8:15pm

i am clueless about this canola oil and after reading all of these comments now i really don't know what to do.

Anonymous

04/07/2012 - 10:30pm

I have Canola Oil, its light and I also read an article which states that Canola Oil can help people lose Visceral Fat (Fat around the tummy). You can see the difference in 2 months' time!

Canola is better than Sunflower oil / refined Oil / Butter............

Anonymous

04/02/2012 - 7:49am

After consuming Canola oil myself years ago,I did a lot of frying mind you, I noticed that at night after using it,I would get very nervous and jittery,insomnia,and I just didn't feel right. I decided to do a little research on line,and low and behold all the bad stories,like even used as mustard gas in WW2! Well I decided to test the remaining Canola oil and put it to the test! I poured some on the sidewalk,and it remained there for like two months,even through rain! Also I decided to put some in a sprayer and it kills insects on contact and it kills weeds and grass too! I wish they would just stop using this stuff for a food product,maybe this is why people are getting more sick then ever.

Anonymous

04/01/2012 - 11:54pm

When I cruised the Danube, we saw fields of yellow flowers and were told they were what canola oil was
made out of.

Anonymous

03/28/2012 - 12:18pm

I avoid Canola oil like the plague IT IS !!! Read labels always and leave it on the shelves. I also prefer butter, olive oil, or lemon juice.. Keep it real...

Anonymous

03/28/2012 - 12:11pm

Genectically engineered foods undesirable for several reasons. One of the "engineered qualities" is that these seeds are created to be resistant to herbicides such as Roundup. His allows entire fields to be sprayed rather than spot treatments which are more time consuming and expensive. This exposes our food supplies to these harmful chemicals as well as adding large amounts of the chemcals to our soil and water supplies. Not to mention that we won't know how the genectically modified foods themselves will affect our bodies over the long term. We are now seeing "super weeds" that have become resistant to chemicals such as Roundup. This will lead to the use of even stronger chemicals in larger quantities, therefore creating a vivious cycle. This is just one example of GE food alterations. Foods are being mutated with other goals in mind also, such as pesticide resistant, leading to the same kinds of chemical anD insect affects. The hormones of these plants are being manipulated for various growth goals. We don't know what long term affects this could have on our own health, etc.

Anonymous

03/25/2012 - 8:59pm

Sorry this is a lie..... please do more research about it..... people need to know the true.....

Anonymous

03/20/2012 - 12:14pm

I have used Canola for many moons and am quite happy with the results.I also use Extra Virgin Olive Oil...first press.

Anonymous

03/17/2012 - 9:57am

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