Ahh the internet, you have to love it. I mean I do or else I’d be out of business or at least I’d be all up in the magazines. And while there’s a ton of good information that can be spread because of the internet, there’s also some misconception that just snowball and take on there own lives. You see it all the time but today we’ll focus on Canola Oil. Is Canola oil good or bad for you and most importantly why is olive oil or sesame oil never capitlized yet Canola Oil is?
The Good Of Canola Oil
Most Canola oil product tout that it is low in saturated fat (a good thing though you need some for proper testosterone production) as well as being a rich source of ALA, a omega-3 (another great thing). In addition to those two health benefits it’s very inexpensive. If you’re going to put Canola oil up against any other cooking agent or salad dressing agent, it usually wins hands down unless compared to olive oil(it’s good to be king).
The Bad And Indifferent
While all that seems good and well, there’s a ton of misinformation online concerning Canola oil. It might only be misinformation because of the massive amount of money that is in the food industry and the fat income that Canola oil sales produces for a few. For starters there have been very few research studies done on Canola oil and humans.
Most are done in rats and they show less then pleasing results such as a fatty liver. Unfortunately, one of the biggest misconcpetions about Canola oil is where it comes from since there isn’t technically a thing called a canola plant.
Originally it was produced from Rapeseed oil which contains high amounts of erucic acid which is very toxic to humans. Yet the FDA has come out and said that Canola oil is very low in erucic acid. Thank God for the FDA (pun intended) but that doesn’t mean they are wrong.
In most literature you’ll find that Canola oil actually means Canadian Oil, which is still a rape plant. If you remember from WWII, rape was the main source of the chemical warfare agent mustard gas. Not cool. Though our Canadian friends up north have since tried to make it up to us by giving up such things as Pamela Anderson, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Patrick Roy (the 2nd great goalie ever behind Mike Richter, don’t even get me started) and Wolverine.
The money behind big business can be tricky so it’s very hard to get a accurate account of where Canola actually comes from (ingredients that you think should be on the label aren’t). As a matter of fact, the only thing on the label is “Canola oil” and as we’ve already established, we have no clue what it is.
Rumors have it that the Canadian government paid around $50 million to have Canola oil placed on the “safe to eat” list of the FDA. Taking the conspiracies out of the equation (UFO’s did land in Roswell and 9-11 wasn’t a inside job), canola is still a modified food. It’s not natural. Who’s to even say that the ALA found in Canola oil is even present in high amounts since there is a degree of processing unlike extra-virgin, cold-filter olive oil (the olives are squash and that’s about it)?
So here’s my conclusion, do with it what you will. I have a large salad with Oil(99% of the time it’s Canola oil) and Vinegar once a week. I do eat some smaller salads throughout the week but the amount of oil and vinegar I use is very tiny. That consumption amount doesn’t scare me and it shouldn’t scare you. I will say this however, instead of playing games just stick to Canola oil once or twice a week if you (it’s literally in everything, you just don’t know half the time) must but really give olive oil another look for your dressing of choice.
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