What is CANOLA?

What is CANOLA?

The name given to the oil extracted from the Field Mustard seed, commonly called Rapeseed.

Where does CANOLA come from?

It is grown in abundance in North America and Northern Europe.

How is CANOLA made?

Canola oil is made at a processing facility by crushing the rapeseed. Approximately 43% of a seed is oil. What remains is rapeseed meal, a high quality animal feed. 22.68 kilograms (50 pounds) of rapeseed makes approximately 10 liters (2.64 US gallons) of canola oil.

Is CANOLA healty for me?

Yes it is, canola oil is low in saturated fat, less than 7% is high in monounsaturated fat, and contains beneficial omega-3 fatty acid; it has well established heart health benefits and is recognized by many health professional organizations including the American Dietetic Association, and American Heart Association, among others. Canola oil has been authorized a qualified health claim from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration based on the theory that the absence of saturated fats in the oil content makes it a healthy food, consumption of which cannot cause coronary heart disease.

More information about CANOLA.

Though wild rapeseed oil contains significant amounts of erucic acid, a known toxin, the cultivar used to produce commercial, food-grade canola oil was bred to contain less than 2% erucic acid, levels that are not believed to cause harm in humans and no health effects have been associated with its consumption by humans. 

About 80% of all Rapeseed plants are genetically modified to be resistant to herbicides.



  1. June Gibson-Bobbio
    canola oil seed a result of genetically engineered/modified rape seed and to extract the oil from the canola seed undergoes crushing high heat changes and may be extracted with hexane (a bi-product of petroleum)which leads us to how cancerogenous the actual oil may be.

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