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Canola Oil:

In the early 1970s, canola was developed using traditional plant breeding techniques to significantly reduce the levels of erucic acid and glucosinolates that were found in the parent rapeseed plant. The name "Canola" is a contraction of "CANadian" and "OLA", which means oil. Canola was originally a trademark, but is now a generic term for edible varieties of rapeseed oil In North America and Australia.

Canola was developed through conventional plant breeding from rapeseed, an oilseed plant already used in ancient civilization as a fuel. The word "rape" in rapeseed comes from the Latin word rapum meaning turnip.  Turnip, rutabaga, cabbage, Brussela sprouts, mustard and many other vegetables are related to the two natural canola varieties commonly grown, which are cultivars of  Brassica nopus and Brassica rapa.

Canola oil contains omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and is high in monounsaturated fats. It is considered healthy oil for cooking by many people. It is liquid at room temperature, neutral-tasting and can be used for cooking at medium heat and in cold dishes as a dressing or marinade.  ...back

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