Health News – Health Concerns about Canola Oil

Canola Oil
Canola Oil

Primary Concerns about Canola Oil

  1. First is the use of a solvent such as hexane to extract the maximum amount of oil from the seed. Hexane has been used to extract oils from plant material since the 1930s, and “there is no evidence to substantiate any risk or danger to consumer health when foods containing trace residual concentrations of hexane are ingested”
  2. Canola oil might contain trans-fats that have been linked with significant health problems. In fact, canola oil does contain very low levels of trans-fat, as do all oils that have been deodorized.

Facts about Canola Oil

Avoiding overheating and burning of oils is important to provide the best taste and to avoid damaging the health promoting fatty acids that they contain.Canola Oil is a safe and healthy form of fat that will reduce blood LDL cholesterol levels and heart disease risk compared to carbohydrates or saturated fats such as found in beef tallow or butter. Cold pressed canola oil may provide some additional benefits.

  1. Canola oil is generally considered a “healthy” oil because it is very low in saturated fat (7%). Like olive oil it is high in monounsaturated fat (63%).
  2. Canola oil also contains a significant level of polyunsaturated omega-3 (ω-3) fat (9-11%),
  3. Canola oil contains significant amounts of phytosterols (about 0.9% by weight) that reduce the absorption of cholesterol into the body.

Variety is a good strategy in nutrition, and thus consuming a variety of oils is desirable, for example using extra virgin oil when the special flavor is desired and canola oil or soybean oil for other uses.

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