Bulk Edible Oil Blog

Organic Vs. Non-Organic Canola Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Canola oil can get a pretty bad rap sometimes. You may hear that it’s solvent expelled with chemicals… Or that it’s made from seeds that start with the word “rape”… That alone and it’s not looking too good for canola oil!

Here’s the thing: the poor reputation typically comes from information about conventional oils in particular — how they’re made, where they come from and misinformation about where the seeds originated from. The same information that applies to conventional canola doesn’t necessarily apply to non-gmo and organic canola, and THIS is exactly where the confusion can set in.

Non-gmo and organic versions of canola oil are typically healthier, expeller pressed versions that use no chemical solvents to produce the oil. A lot of the downsides of canola oil that some people claim drastically diminish when you look at organic or non-gmo canola oil, so I think it’s only fair to look at the whole picture.

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Why Manufacturers Are Choosing An Canola & Olive Blend

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Why would a natural food manufacturer choose something other than Extra Virgin Olive Oil? Especially something like a blend — a mix of EVOO and other milder oils like canola, soybean, or sunflower?

If you are in the food manufacturing world, you will understand that there’s a lot at play when it comes to these decisions: it’s not just about consumer perception and which oil is the highest quality. It’s also about the taste profile of the oil and how it affects your final product. It’s about about the price of your ingredients, and about quality certifications available (like Non-GMO Project Verified or Organic Certified). There’s a lot of things at play!

So why do some manufacturers opt for a blend of olive oil and canola, or olive oil and sunflower, over something like 100% Extra Virgin?

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A Brief History Of The Canola Plant

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Let’s talk about the canola plant.

The history of how the canola plant came to be is important: a key misunderstanding that people have about canola oil is that it can’t be organic or non-gmo because it was genetically modified from a rapeseed plant to become a canola plant. They believe that being genetically modified is a basic pre-requisite for existing.

This is not true, and is a misunderstanding of the timeline of events and what occurred.

The history of the canola plant will help illustrate the story of what really happened and why non-gmo and organic canola seeds, grown without genetic modification, really do exist.

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Why Is Expeller Pressed Canola Oil Better Than Regular Canola Oil?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Why are expeller pressed oils all the rage these days? Because frankly, they’re produced in a healthier-for-you, more natural way. And that — being healthy and natural in general — is the real thing that’s all the rage these days.

Most people don’t know how plain old seed oils are produced, so it’s often hard for a typical consumer to compare. They don’t know that the industry standard for oil — in fact, the vast majority of oil available in the world — is produced using chemical solvents.

The difference between the industry standard and expeller pressed oil lies in how the oil is removed from the seeds. Once you start learning more, however, it may be hard to choose anything but an expeller pressed oil.

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Cheap Biodegradable Oils For Agriculture, Lubrication & Construction

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Sometimes edible oils are used for more than just cooking. If you’re on the look out for a biodegradable oil to use for a seemingly “unusual” application, we can point you in the right direction!

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What Is The Smoke Point of Canola Oil?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

The smoke points of oils are important. They indicate at what temperature a particular type of oil will begin to smoke at, and are key for allowing manufacturers to choose the right oils for their current production process.

Canola oil is a common oil used in manufacturing and by home chefs so this is a popular discussion. Depending on who you ask, you may get different indications of smoke point temperatures from each different supplier, even if they are supplying the same type of oil.

Here's a good indication of the smoke points of canola oil.

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The Benefits Of Choosing A High Oleic Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

 

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High oleic oil is a term that you will see applied to many different types of oil: canola, sunflower, safflower and more. High oleic oils have seen a recent spike in popularity, especially in the natural snack food manufacturing industry.

Why is this so? High oleic oils are premium options that have a healthier fat composition, a longer shelf life, a higher heat tolerance and an extended fry life. 

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The Timing Is Right For Your 2018 Non-GMO Canola Contract

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Timing of contracts can be key, and most people at this point know that I’m a proponent of contracting your oil needs out each year.

This is your official notice that if you’re thinking about locking in a contract for your 2018 canola needs — be it RBD canola, non-GMO expeller pressed canola or organic canola oil, this fall is a great time. In fact, it’s one of the most common time to sign seed oil contracts. Why? Let me explain.

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Organic Canola & Soybean Oil: Do They Work Off The CBOT Too?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

RBD Canola Oil and RBD Soybean Oil are all based of off a set parameter — the Chicago Board of Trade, also called the Board, the CBOT or the CME Group depending on who you’re talking with. This is the baseline for pricing, so that producers and suppliers can offer standardized pricing.

But what if you’re not buying the industry standard refined, GMO canola or soybean oil? What if you need organic canola oil or organic soybean oil? Does the pricing for those oils work in the same way? We’ll fill you in.

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Organic Canola Oil — Isn’t That An Oxymoron? Nope, It Exists.

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Recently I have read a myriad of misinformation on organic canola oil on the internet. There’s also a myriad of truthful information out there, but sometimes it’s hard for the average consumer to know what is correct, because everyone — on both sides — is only trying to share the truth as they know it.

As food manufacturers, it is our duty to our customers to be able to explain the ingredients used, so if you’re using organic canola (or thinking about it) here’s how to answer one of the more common questions you’re going to get.

Or if you’re a consumer reading this, here’s the background to your burning question.

I’ve gotten this one multiple times myself: how can organic canola oil exist, if certified organic products can’t be genetically modified, and canola oil is — by its very nature — genetically modified from the rapeseed plant?

That is right where we will start, because that’s right where the first misunderstanding begins. Because canola was never actually genetically modified from rapeseed to begin with.

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