Another nonsense food myth: canola oil is dangerous
If you care about your health and work to avoid the SAD (standard American diet… which is pretty sad), you may have chosen to avoid canola oil after reading “health” news blogs. Most of these very popular blogs are the Chicken Little of the clickbait world. They cherry pick their research to only emphasize the points that agree with their “conclusion”. Instead, let’s go with real scientists in real academic settings.
Before I begin, I’ll offer this disclaimer that I don’t use canola oil. That’s because I like the taste of olive oil (virgin and extra virgin as they have not been deodorized). Most commercial oils are deodorized because people don’t like the smell and taste of the oils in their natural state. I do. So I choose not to use any standard vegetable oils.
I don’t use them but it doesn’t mean they’re unhealthy.
Let’s hit the top 3 reasons canola oil is dangerous to your health.
myth: Canola oil is processed using hexane, a highly volatile solvent that is highly dangerous to human health.
So while hexane is unhealthy to ingest, 98% of what you take in, you breathe in. And specific to canola oil, less than one part per million is hexane residue. So as percentages go, that’s 0.00008%. Plus, you can and should choose cold pressed or expeller pressed oils anyway. And you easily buy cold or expeller pressed canola oil.
myth: Canola oil is made from rapeseed, which is not suited for human consumption.
So not only is it a modified version of rapeseed, the rapeseed is only one of three different seeds used to create the hybrid.
myth: You shouldn’t use canola oil because it contains trans-fatty acids.
So natural animal fat has comparable amounts of trans-fatty acids.
Conclusion: If you prefer oils that have an essentially bland taste, canola oil is a completely safe and even healthy choice.