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.
Check out the Dietary Fat Chart, to compare different dietary sources of fats.
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."
- Full list of Qualified Health Claims (web link opens in a new window)
- Canola Oil Qualified Health Claim (web link opens in a new window)
- Download the Canola Oil Good for Everybody PDF Info Sheet
Canola Oil is a Type of Vegetable Oil
Some 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. View the Dietary Fat chart below. You can also download the Specialty Oil Chart as a PDF.