Canola Oil

Canola Oil

What is Canola Oil?

Canola oil was initially rapeseed oil; the fat was unhealthy for human consumption due to its excellent content of undesirable substances; uric acid and glucosinolates. It was majorly for industrial purposes only. Scientific modification lead to the generation of a genetically modified rapeseed oil called canola. The oil contains reduced content of these two substances hence consumable by humans.

Nutrient composition

The primary composition of canola oil includes saturated fatty acids (7%), which are very important in the reduction of the cholesterol level in your body. Monounsaturated fatty acids (63%), mainly composed of oleic acid essential nutrient of the skin and polyunsaturated fatty acids (28%) that are potential sources of omega-3 fatty acid. Additionally, it contains a little of vitamin E and K.

Precautions

Processing of canola oil leads to a reduction of its nutritional value. Also, evidence shows that the Omega-3 fatty acid content reduces during this processing. Finally, the erucic acid that is believed to be very low could be very high in canola oil.

Benefits

Canola oil is a common ingredient in a lot of food products; also, plant-sourced oils can be used industrially to formulate lubricants, oils, furls and many more. Recent research has demonstrated that canola oil in combination with soy oil can act as active ingredients in pesticides products due to their high effectiveness.

Lowers Cholesterol

Canola oil contains no cholesterol; this is a benefit if you are struggling with cholesterol levels in your body for some time. Cholesterol causes cardiovascular problems and is a critical contributor to atherosclerosis, which can result in heart attacks and strokes.

Boosts Heart Health

Canola oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, though there are considered as good and bad cholesterol, respectively. Your body requires them; canola oil has a ratio of 2:1 which is one of the healthiest proportions of any vegetable oil. Secondly, canola oil contains sterols that can reduce creation and absorption of cholesterol; therefore, canola oil can lower your cholesterol levels by 10-15%.

Skin Care

Canola oil is rich in vitamin E, an essential vitamin for the body. Vitamin E is an efficient antioxidant and can protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals. Thus, vitamin E keeps your skin supple and smooth, reduces the emergence of stretch marks, and slow down the appearance of wrinkles well into your old age.

Protects Cell Membranes

Vitamin E is also a lipid-soluble antioxidant. Thus it can help protect the integrity of cell membranes all over your body. Cell membranes are essential for keeping your body system safe. Hence canola oil, through vitamin E helps maintain the integrity of your cell membranes.

Increases Energy Levels

Due to low cholesterol levels and high amounts of essential antioxidants; your body’s metabolism moves at a regular rate. Thus, your body gets enough energy it requires to perform its functions.

Lowers Cancer Risk

Canola oil contains antioxidants, like vitamin E, which are very effective against cancer. The high levels of vitamin E fight the free radicals produced in your body that could to the generation of cancer. Also, it slows down the progression once cancer has presented itself.

Improves Brain Function

The free radicals produced in your body by specific metabolic functions can lead to your brain shutting down due to the damage they can cause to nerve cells. Canola oil contains Vitamin E in plenty that can combat the free radicals hence helpful to your brain.

Side Effects

When you consume foods with canola oil; the oil distorts your Omega-6: Omega-3 fatty acid ratio in your body which is ideally in a ratio of 1:1. Canola oil does not resist heat damage of its fatty acids, therefore eating foods cooked using this oil introduces cholesterol to your body and makes you prone to cardiovascular diseases and cancer.