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Canola oil- good or bad?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 10, 2010 at 1:32 AM

I have been thinking that canola oil was not a good choice as a cooking oil and now that I am reading Loren Cordain's 'The Paleo Diet' I see that he says it is one of the best oils.

Which is it- good or bad?

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on May 10, 2012
at 01:56 PM

I can also buy cold-pressed organic rapeseed here in Switzerland.

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on April 12, 2010
at 06:01 AM

Yes- Americans needed a cooler name. I use coconut oil for everything these days.

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on April 11, 2010
at 11:23 PM

Cold-pressed rapeseed oil is on sale in the UK now although I have not tried it. By the way it is not called Canola oil here only ever rapeseed oil.

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on April 11, 2010
at 01:41 AM

Gee, every time I get any grease, @Matt drinks it!!

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on April 10, 2010
at 02:11 AM

cotton seed oil.... there's one to avoid.

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on April 10, 2010
at 04:28 AM

Check out "The Great Con-ola" article on the WAPF website for a comprehensive look into the history and development of canola oil: http://www.westonaprice.org/The-Great-Con-ola.html

My favorite fats: Coconut oil, butter, ghee, olive oil. These are natural, healthy fats. Any industrialized oils are a no-no. Soybean, canola, corn, sunflower, safflower peanut, cottonseed, grapseed, etc. are not at all natural to the human diet, and all have too much PUFA and should be avoided. Anything outside of traditional human experience should immediately be suspect.

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on April 10, 2010
at 11:16 AM

Canola oil is total garbage. Kick it to the curb.

You should check out Cordain's blog - there are more discussions about fat there. A lot of studies have come out since that book appeared in 2002, and thepaleodiet.com has a daily Q&A with questions from book and blog readers. It kind of acts like an update to the book.

I have found that I do better just avoiding all high-PUFA nuts, seeds and their oil. It's very hard to throw your O3:O6 ratios out of whack if you seriously limit PUFA altogether. I do eat chicken, fish and pork, all of which contain some PUFA.

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on April 10, 2010
at 02:01 AM

My apologies to Dr Cordain, but there are a whole host of physicians that think Canola oil is a frankenoil in that it must be processed to extract the oil from the Rapeseed. It is loaded with Omega 6 fatty acids and Trans Fat and should be avoided.

Dr Cordain has changed his position on a few fats. Stephan has documented some of the problems with Canola and sites some of Cordains changing positions.

http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/search?q=canola+oil

I shall forever avoid Canola as one of the frankenoil and use only coconut oil, medium chain triglyceride oils I get from Now Foods (MCT) and our old friend butter and olive oil.

The other frankenoils are corn oil, grapeseed oil, soybean oil. Someone fill in the others. I am having old timer's disease tonight!

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on April 10, 2010
at 02:11 AM

cotton seed oil.... there's one to avoid.

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on April 10, 2010
at 08:41 PM

All vegetable oils are just completely unnecessary: choosing a good fatty cut of meat which is then cooked slowly will give plenty of dripping. If I run out of dripping I use butter or ghee.

Never liked the taste of olive oil anyway. Never tried canola but I'm sure it's even worse.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 11, 2010
at 01:41 AM

Gee, every time I get any grease, @Matt drinks it!!

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0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

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on April 10, 2010
at 03:23 PM

BAD- any and all industrial oils that use solvents to extract 'oil' cannot be good. Cold-pressed oils are the only REAL oils and REAL is what it is about.

0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

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on April 12, 2010
at 06:01 AM

Yes- Americans needed a cooler name. I use coconut oil for everything these days.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on April 11, 2010
at 11:23 PM

Cold-pressed rapeseed oil is on sale in the UK now although I have not tried it. By the way it is not called Canola oil here only ever rapeseed oil.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on May 10, 2012
at 01:56 PM

I can also buy cold-pressed organic rapeseed here in Switzerland.

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