Is Canola Oil Bad?

Canola oil (rapeseed oil) originates from vegetables, especially the canola plant. This culinary staple is present in many processed meals like candy bars, which is why it's often linked to ill health.

It's highly processed.

Canola oil production is multi-step. It includes boiling the seeds numerous times and using hexane to extract plant oil.

It's high in omega-6

Canola oil's high omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is often questioned. Canola is 2:1 omega-6 to omega-3. The ideal omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is 1:1, while the average American diet is 15:1.


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Risk chroniC illness.

You risk chronic illness.

It may used for unhealthy foods.

What you cook canola with may affect its adverse effects. Canola is used in battered meats, hush puppies, and French fries due to its high smoke point.

Nutrients won't accumulate.

Canola oil adds richness to salad dressings and helps veggies crisp up during cooking, but it doesn't have much to offer in terms of nutrients.  

It spoils quickly.

Manufacturers employ heat and hexane to extract oil from small rapeseeds. Hexane's chemical name belies its safety. 

GMO canola oil dominates.

More than 90% of commercially grown canola comes from genetically modified (GM) crops

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