12 Quick Tips About Canola Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus
  1. 12 Quick Tips About Canola Oil For ManufacturingMost Canola Oil is produced in Canada.
  2. The origin of the word Canola is debated. Some believe that Canola stands for Canadian Oil, where Canadian stands for the CAN and OLA represents Oil. On the other hand, some contest that Canola actually stands for Canadian Oil Low Acid (CAN-O-L-A).
  3. Canola Oil is produced from the Canola Oil plant. This plant is a hybridized version of the Rapeseed plant, and it’s proper name is Canola now. This hybridization process took place through traditional breeding methods, not genetic engineering.
  4. Chemically, Canola Oil is different than Rapeseed in that it must have less than two percent erucic acid and less than 30 micromoles of glucosinolates. It can not be called Canola unless it meets these chemical standards.
  5. Canola is a plant from the Brassica family. This is the same family that cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower comes from.
  6. Canola seeds are grown on tall plants that yield pods. These pods resemble pea pods (about ⅕ the size) and each one is filled with about 20 black or brown seeds. These seeds are where the oil comes from.
  7. The average canola seed is 45% oil.
  8. Non-GMO Canola Oil has gained popularity in recent years. This type of oil avoids the use of seeds that have been grown using genetic modification.
  9. Genetic modification became common place in Canola plants years ago to help them grow more successfully. The genetic modification made the plants more tolerant to Roundup and also to produce Bt toxins that are toxic to certain insects.
  10. Approximately 90% of Canola Oil produced today in the US is not Non-GMO.
  11. Canola Oil has a high heat tolerance, light taste profile and light yellow color making it ideal for baking, cooking and frying.
  12. After the oil is expelled, the remaining solids (known as the canola meal) is often used for animal feed.

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