5 Reasons to Love Canola Oil during National Heart Health Month
Take ownership of your heart health.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, yet it is preventable most of the time with a healthy lifestyle of good nutrition and exercise.
Canola oil can help you and loved ones have a healthier heart.
Reason to Love #1: Heart Health Claim
Canola oil has a qualified health claim authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for the potential to reduce the risk of heart disease – you need just 1.5 tablespoons a day in place of saturated fat to obtain the benefits.
Reason to Love #2: Heart-Check Certified Recipes
Delicious recipes featuring canola oil – from snacks to meals - are Heart-Check certified by the American Heart Association ®
Try one today:
Reason to Love #3: Less of the Bad Fats. More of the Good Fats.
The types of fat consumed are more important in influencing the risk of heart disease than the total amount of fat in the diet. The key to lowering risk of heart disease is to replace saturated fat with mono- and polyunsaturated fats.¹ Canola oil has the least saturated fat and most plant-based polyunsaturated omega-3 fat of the common cooking oils. It is also free of trans fat and contains vitamin E.²
“As a dietitian I’ve seen the thinking about fat change dramatically in the last few decades. Gone are the days when we had to obsess about eating too much fat. However, the type of fat we eat still matters especially when it comes to heart health. Cooking with canola oil is such an easy way to make your diet more heart-friendly. With less saturated fat than any other cooking oil, yet plenty of beneficial monounsaturated and omega-3 fats, it’s my go-to cooking oil.”
Karen Ansel, Registered Dietitian
Reason to Love #4: Improved Metabolic Syndrome
Canola oil can help decrease abdominal fat, which may also improve metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, according to recent research findings.³
Reason to Love #5: Heart-Healthy Food Can Taste Good.
Flavorful food helps keep family members excited about eating heart healthy. Canola oil’s neutral flavor means a recipe’s authentic herbs and spices shine, while its versatility and high heat tolerance make it your kitchen workhorse for sautéing, stir frying and baking. It is also great as a base in salad dressings and marinades.
Find heart-healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner at CanolaInfo.
Disclaimer: Heart-Check certification does not apply to recipes, research, or information reached through links unless expressly stated.
¹American Heart Association. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/06/15/CIR.0000000000000510
²USDA Food Composition Database. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/718?man=&lfacet=&count=&max=50&qlookup=canola+oil&offset=&sort=default&format=Full&reportfmt=other&rptfrm=&ndbno=&nutrient1=&nutrient2=&nutrient3=&subset=&totCount=&measureby=&Qv=1&Q1730=1&Q1731=&Q1732=1&Qv=1&Q1730=1&Q1731=1&Q1732=1
³Obesity. Effects of canola and high-oleic-acid canola oils on abdominal fat mass in individuals with central obesity. 2016.24(11).2261-2268.