Canola is also grown in the U.S., largely in North Dakota. Since the mid 90s, sales of canola oil have rocketed as it is increasingly being used in home and restaurant cooking and in many processed foods.
Canola has been promoted as "healthy" and marketed as:
Cholesterol and transfat free.
Lowest in saturated fat (7%) among all dietary fats.
High in Omega-3 fat (11%), an essential fatty acid that is needed but not made by the body.
Has a moderate level of Omega-6 fat (21%), also an essential fatty acid that is needed but not made by the body.
Relatively high in monounsaturated fat (61%), …show more content…
Canola oil remains to be time-tested that it is truly safe for human consumption. In the meantime, it is not worthwhile to be a guinea pig.
The best oils to use for cooking are unrefined coconut oil and saturated fats from organic, grass-fed animals. Yes, recent studies have shown that saturated fats do not cause heart disease; it is trans fat that is the culprit. Saturated fats are much more stable and do not go rancid as easily as the vegetable oils made from corn, cottonseed, safflower, soybean, and sunflower.
Olive oil is great for salads and should only be used for low to moderate heat cooking.
Peanut oil is a good cooking and frying oil because it is quite resistant to rancidity. However, since peanuts are often heavily sprayed with herbicides, it is best to use organic peanut oil.
Sesame oil is also quite stable and not easily subject to rancidity.
Be aware of processed foods that contain canola oil. Quite often, the front label will boast "Made With Olive Oil", but when you read the ingredients on the back label, you may discover that canola is listed as a major