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Canola Oil - basic facts

When it comes to cooking and making the tastiest dishes, seasoning and oils play an extremely important role. Not only because of the overall taste, but also for its beneficial effects they have on a person’s health in general. This can, however, be made a bit tricky due to all the different types of oils we have at our disposal today. In the category of those more appreciated ones is also the canola oil.

As far as its origin is concerned, this particular type of oil is extracted from the plant called the rapeseed and is the one that belongs to the mustard category. Generally, this oil is used worldwide, but primarily on the territories of Japan, China and India. It is believed that the canola oil and its quality have been raised to a new level, with the amount of fatty acids going through certain changes as well. As a matter of fact, this type of oil is nowadays advertised all over as an extremely healthy oil used for cooking purposes, particularly since it is low on the levels of the saturated fats. With all the “false” advertising, is this to be believed or disregarded as just another commercial move for the sake of bailing in the consumers?

Pros and cons – healthy or not?

As mentioned above, this type of oil has been marketed as one of a few that contain lower quantities of those unpleasant saturated fats, and higher quantities of those beneficial and good fats such as mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Given the fact that the greatest majority of people is already familiarized with the negative effects saturated fats have on them and their health, high amounts of mono-saturated fats logically do more good. They are not only vital in reducing the risks of a person developing some grave disease such as cancer, but are also extremely effective in reducing the risks of heart related diseases occurrence rate. Another thing to be pointed out is that this type of oil also extremely abounds in Omega-3 fatty acids, known to be highly beneficial and vital for the successfulness of the skin care process. In addition, because it contains a larger percentage of those mono-saturated fats, it is more than appreciated when compared to sunflower oil as well as corn oil.

On the other hand, there are also certain negative characteristics of this oil, which should not be put aside and never mentioned. As a matter of fact, the canola oil nee “rapeseed oil” was banned when it comes to internal intake, since it is discovered to be extremely poisonous for all living beings. And it was used as a lubricant, fuel and repellent. Yet, still present health related dangers include minor respiratory disease, arthritis, emphysema, constipation, blindness and irritability. And even though it has been genetically modified, its health benefits and safety have not yet been tested fully, just like it is the case with any other genetically modified oils. Another thing to bear in mind is that this oil is also rich in trans fats, and they have proven to be extremely dangerous for a person’s health if used for longer periods of time.

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