Canola Oil is Healthy
Dietary fat, in moderation, is needed to provide energy and help absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Increasingly, it has become apparent that the type of fat in the diet is important. Certain fats such as omega-3 and omega-6 fats are essential for good nutrition and must be consumed as part of a healthy diet. Canola oil provides more of the healthy fats than any other popular common cooking and salad oils. With its low saturated fat level, excellent balance of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, and its versatility and light taste, canola oil has found an important place in the world's kitchens, food products and restaurants.
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Did You Know?
Fats are made of smaller units called fatty acids.
Canola Oil is:
Low in saturated fat: 7% of total fatty acids, lower than any other common cooking or salad oil.
A source of omega-6 fat: 22% of total fatty acids
High in omega-3 fat: 11% of total fatty acids, the most of any common culinary oil.
High in monounsaturated fat: 61% of total fatty acids
Cholesterol and trans fat free
Canola oil may reduce the risk of Coronary Heart Disease
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized, in October 2006, a qualified health claim for canola oil based on its high percentage of unsaturated fats. The claim states:
"Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about one and a half tablespoons (19 grams) of canola oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the unsaturated fat content in canola oil. To achieve this possible benefit, canola oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day."
Health professionals recommend:
- Keeping total fat intake between 25 to 35 percent of calories.
- Choosing monounsaturated fat from sources such as nuts, seeds and vegetable oils including canola oil.
- Increasing omega-3 fat from sources such as salmon, lake trout, walnuts, and canola oil.
- Consuming less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat per day.
- Avoiding trans fat.
- Avoiding dietary fats that increase cholesterol.
Canola Oil is a Type of Vegetable Oil
food products labeled "vegetable oil" may contain canola oil.
"Vegetable oil" on a label allows a food manufacturer to substitute or
combine oils without having to change the product label. A popular U.S.
consumer magazine, "Cooking Light", now specifically recommends canola
oil instead of vegetable oil in its recipes. Many other cookbook
authors, food writers and publications are following suit.