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.
Although different types of oil have the same number of calories per tablespoon, canola oil provides more of the healthy fats than any other common cooking and salad oil. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a qualified health claim for canola oil based on its unsaturated fat content. 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.
Health professionals recommend:
- Keep total fat intake between 20-35% of daily calories.
- Limit sources of saturated fats and replace with sources of unsaturated fat.
- Avoid trans fat.
In keeping with dietary recommendations, 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 polyunsaturated fat: 19% of total fatty acids.
- High in plant-based omega-3 polyunsaturated fat: 9% of total fatty acids, the most of any common culinary oil.
- Rich in monounsaturated fat: 62% of total fatty acids.
- Trans fat free.