Most oils declare what they derive from in their name, for example, peanut oil, sunflower oil, flaxseed oil, etc. Canola oil is not so straight forward. There’s a reason for that!
Canola oil comes from a genetically engineered version of the rapeseed plant found in Canada. Canola actually means “Canada oil”. Rapeseed oil is highly toxic for animals and humans and has been used as an insect repellent as insects won’t ingest it. Rapeseed oil is also used as a lubricant, fuel, soap, etc. and was never intended to be eaten!
Many physical symptoms have been traced back to rapeseed oil and canola oil, such as emphysema and other respiratory problems, anemia, constipation, decreased performance of the central nervous system, heart disease, low birth weights, lung and prostate cancers and blindness in animals and humans. It can also cause lowered metabolism and enzyme function. In some severe cases brain tissue starts to deteriorate giving the brain a Swiss-cheese-like appearance. It can take up to 10 years before any symptoms come to light, making them hard to detect and prevent.
At one time, rapeseed was fed to cows which then began attacking humans after going blind. Once the rapeseed was removed from their diet, they stopped attacking people. It was also used in World War 1 and the Gulf War as a part of mustard gas which caused victims’ skin and lungs to blister.
Yet with all this, Canada paid the FDA 50 million dollars to have it registered as being safe for human consumption without the lengthy and expensive approval process which would have included medical testing on humans. Why? Canola oil is the cheapest oil to make.
So, steer clear of canola oil, rapeseed oil and all other trans-fatty acids and hydrogenated oils and opt for olive oil, fish oil, etc. instead. Different people need different amounts of nutrients found in various oils so ask a nutritionist which are the best for your body.