Canola vs. Olive oil. Would you be so kind as to comment briefly on the virtues of these two oils. Is one better than the other? If so, why?
Canola is rapeseed oil which has been processed to remove toxic chemicals. This process was first perfected in Canada in the 1970's, hence Canola. It is considered a healthy fat as its mostly unsaturated. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are not associated with the increased risk of heart disease to the same extent as saturated fat, present in animal products and some plant sources such as coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and cocoa butter. Other products with high amounts of monounsaturates include olive oil and high-monounsaturated forms of sunflower seed and safflower oils. For health purposes olive and canola are probably similar. I prefer olive oil because it is the only vegetable oil which is edible right after pressing with no need for processing which can remove the natural antioxidants in the oil. It also has its natural flavor as opposed to canola which has been deodorized during processing
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