What is Diet TM Canola Oil

Canola oil is made from canola seeds. Canola oil is Extracted from tiny canola seeds produced by beautiful yellow flowering plants of the Brassica family. Cabbages and cauliflower are also part of the same botanical family! Canola was bred naturally from its parent rapeseed in the early 1970s. Canola, however, is NOT rapeseed - their nutritional profiles are very different.

Consumers all over the world recognize canola oil for its nutritional attributes as it contains the lowest level of saturated fatty acids among all vegetable oils. It is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels, and has moderate levels of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. It is also a rich source of vitamin E. Like all vegetable oils, canola oil is cholesterol- free.

These qualities are important in a healthy diet. Fats and oils, such as canola, play an essential role in human nutrition. Fat is part of every cell in the body, a valuable source of energy, aids in absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as beta-carotene, and slows digestion so that you feel full for a longer period.

DietTM Canola Oil meets strict quality standards determined by industry and government regulatory agencies. Consumers can therefore be assured that the DietTM canola oil they purchase is of the highest quality.

Canola is not Rapeseed, Canola Oil comes from Canola Plants!

It may look the same on the outside but it's very different on the inside where it matters. Plant scientists used traditional plant breeding methods to get rid of rapeseed's less nutritional qualities. A very small amount of rapeseed is still grown under contract specifically for industrial uses including environmentally friendly lubricants.

In the early 1970s, canola was developed from rapeseed using traditional plant breeding techniques. Erucic acid and glucosinolates found in rapeseed were significantly reduced to produce the nutritionally superior canola oil. The canola plant also produced seeds with a very low level of saturated fat, high in monounsaturated fat and a good balance of omega 3 and 6 fats.

This new oilseed was named "Canola" and there is a strict internationally regulated definition of canola that differentiates it from rapeseed, based upon it having less than two percent erucic acid and less than 30 umoles glucosinolates. Therefore, oilseed products that do not meet this standard cannot use the trademarked term, canola. High erucic acid rapeseed acreage, although still grown, is now confined to production under contract for specific industrial uses.

Farmers have been growing canola for almost 40 years.

Grown mainly in Western Canada, Australia and the USA, each canola plant grows anywhere from 1 m (3 feet) to 2 m (6 feet) tall and produces yellow flowers which, in turn, produce seed pods. The seed pods are about one-fifth the size of pea pods and contain about twenty tiny round black or brownish-yellow seeds.

Each canola seed is approximately 40 percent oil. The seeds are crushed to obtain canola oil for human consumption and the remainder is processed into canola meal, which is used as a high protein livestock feed.

Each canola plant produces yellow flowers that, in turn, produce pods similar in shape to pea pods, but about 1/5th the size. Within the pods are tiny round seeds that are crushed to obtain canola oil. Each seed contains approximately 40 percent oil. The remainder of the seed is processed into canola meal, which is used as a high protein livestock feed.

Where is Canola Grown?

Canola is grown primarily in regions of Western Canada, with some acreage being planted in Ontario and the Pacific Northwest, north central and southeastern United States. Canada is the biggest single producer of canola. However, the EU member countries combined grow more canola, and China's rapeseed acreage exceeds Canada's canola production.

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