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Canola Oil. To eat or not to eat?

I was recently researching the health benefits of Canola Oil, since it is very popular among us. And here is what I have found. I advise you to read it, and decide for yourself.

At first I thought that name came from some kind of wonderful seed named “CANOLA”.But actually it stands for “Canada oil, low acid”.

Where does Canola Oil come from and what it’s made of?

Well, it comes from rapeseeds, which grow widely in Canada.

Rapeseeds produce natural oil extremely high in erucic acid – toxin. In order to lower erucic acid, in 1968 Dr. Baldur Stefansson had Genetically Modified original rapeseed and came up with variety  “suitable for human consumption”.

Is canola oil healthy?

I think to myself “if Nature created rapeseed such high in toxin, then humans and animals not suppose to eat it!” Canola Oil is not wholesome natural food!

Canola oil has many non-food uses – such products include candles, lipsticks, newspaper inks, industrial lubricants and biofuels. Do you still want to cook your lunch with Canola Oil?

So, what are the alternatives to Canola Oil?

  1. Do not fry your food at all.
  2. Coconut oil.
  3. Old-fashioned butter that comes from Non-Genetically Modified Organic Grass-Fed Cow (for non-vegan readers).

What else? What do you suggest? Write comments so we can come up with something else:)

Like Russians say, “One brain is good, but two is better”

Love, VAL

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4 Responses to Canola Oil. To eat or not to eat?

  1. George November 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    I found this article( ) which gives other reasons to avoid canola oil, and proposes extra Virgin Olive oil for low temperature cooking.

    Personaly I think most recipes we cook don´t need a high temperature to get done, so Olive or Coconut oil are the best way to go.
    what do u think?

  2. Lonneke Engel November 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    I like that Russian saying!

  3. Abigail November 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    Great discussion post Val :) Love all those suggestions! Rice bran oil is another awesome oil for cooking as the smoke point is very high – similar to coconut oil. i love it for spoiling my family with a few organic potato wedges now and then and for making yummy spicy popcorn seasoned with onion powder, savoury yeast flakes, paprika, ground chives, cayenne, tumeric and finely ground celtic salt.

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