Canola Oil

Definition - What does Canola Oil mean?

Canola Oil is edible oil produced from canola seeds which are the genetic variation of the rapeseed. They are produced by heating and crushing the seeds at a processing facility. The commercial oil is refined by using hexane, acid and water precipitation. It is deodorized with the help of steam distillation and bleached with the help of clay. Only about 43 percent of the seed is oil and rest is the rapeseed used in animal feeds. It is estimated that 23 kilograms of rapeseed makes around 10 liters of Canola Oil.

Petropedia explains Canola Oil

Canola Oil is considered as the main ingredient in various foods. It is considered as one of the healthy oils which has increased its demand on the market worldwide. The oil also has various non-food uses as it is used conversely with nonrenewable petroleum oil in various products such as candles, biofuels, lipsticks, newspaper inks and industrial lubricants based on the prices on spot markets.

Canola Oil has less saturated fat and contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The consumption of this oil reduces cholesterol and density of lipoprotein. The oil is composed of following:

  • Polyunsaturated fatty acid
  • Monounsaturated fatty acid
  • Saturated fat
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