Comparing The Grades Of Canola Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Regular vs. Expeller Pressed vs. Expeller Pressed Non-GMO vs. Organic

Comparing Canola Oil Grades For Food ManufacturersJust like olive oil, canola oil comes in a number of different varieties. How the oil is pressed/produced, and what kinds of seeds it comes from are the two major factors that determine what the grade each oil is.

The most common varieties available in the food manufacturing industry are:

  • Canola Oil (also known as Regular Canola Oil or Canola Salad Oil)
  • Expeller Pressed Canola Oil
  • Non-GMO Expeller Pressed Canola Oil
  • Organic Canola Oil

Depending on your industry and your price goals, it will be important to make sure you’re sourcing the right kind of Canola Oil for your purposes. Here is a description of how each variety differs from the other. 

Canola Oil

Canola Oil is often commonly known as regular Canola Oil or Canola Salad Oil. This oil is made from the seeds of a Canola Oil plant. Most canola crops today (about 90%) do use genetic modification. The oil is expelled using solvents (commonly Hexane) to remove the most oil possible. This is the majority of Canola Oil available in today’s market and it offers the lowest price point.

Expeller Pressed Canola Oil

Expeller Pressed Canola is oil that is made from traditional canola seeds, but is produced using expeller pressing methods. Instead of expelling the oil using solvents, the oil is pressed out using a mechanical press. No chemicals are used in the productions of this oil. 

Non-GMO Expeller Pressed Canola Oil

Non-GMO Expeller Pressed Canola Oil is produced in much the same way that regular Expeller Pressed Canola Oil is. It is pressed using mechanical means and no chemicals are used. The major difference is that this oil is created from seeds that have been grown without the use of genetic modification.

Organic Canola Oil

Organic Canola Oil is the highest quality type of Canola Oil available. It is produced using expeller pressing methods and no chemicals are used. In addition, it is produced using canola seeds that have been grown organically. Because of the USDA organic national program regulations, these organic seeds are also Non-GMO. 

Make sure that you opt for the grade of Canola Oil that’s right for you!

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Topics: Comparing Oils, Canola Oil



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